In short: A yearly event for me! Am a fan although not my favourite race In full: Absolute bargain, £12 for a real challenging 10k that is great fun and a nice friendly group who organise it. As have done this two years now the laps of the course are a bit repetitive but all first timers will love the scenery. Everyone who finishes knows how tough this is and the hill at 3/7km is more of a climb then an just a gentle gradient. Hard to get a PB but worth a go Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Loved it In full: This was such a fantastic race. Very low-key but even so the route was very clearly sign-posted, there were marshals in the most useful places and there were plenty of water stops + a gel or sports drink. Everyone was friendly and had encouraging words to say to you.
The route was difficult with lots of long and some very steep hills but the scenery was breathtaking which took your mind off the pain!
There was lovely goody bag at the end plus cake, water and sports drink. I look forward to next time. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Very pleasant route In full: I last did this route in 2009 and it was as pretty as I remembered. The hills didn't seem as big this time but that might have been as I was slower this year!! Very pleasant marshallers and smooth organisation. Water stops along route were well placed but the one at the finish was lost amongst spectators so I wandered around looking for it. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take my dog as it starts/finishes on a schools sports pitch and apparently last year some owners didn't pick up after their dogs (basics!!) so sadly those lazy people ruined it for others this year. I really enjoyed the race though and would definitely do it again!
In short: Tough hills, amazing scenery, great crowd support and friendly In full: First two miles are straight up, tough start and a killer hill around mile 7. The last 2 miles are the reverse of the first two so a really nice fast finish. Apart from that lots of water & gel/jelly baby stations in the right places. Good support around the route and great organisation + plenty of car parking. Scenery is amazing. Always nice to get a finishers medal, was the only thing missing! Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Tough but fantastic event! In full: This was very tough in places, great atmosphere and fab marshals! The soup at the end was a nice touch but wasn't very nice but I did eat the bread roll. Would defo do again! Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Well organised, well supported, and harder than I expected! In full: I thought the twists and turns on the route would be troublesome but it was the 'undulations' which took me by surprise, constant ups and downs for the first ten miles then thankfully a flat final 3 miles to the finish. Genius idea of having big signs telling you which way the next turn was so you could always find your race line. Lovely little touches such as the signs welcoming runners from different countries. Agree that local support was amazing, second only to the London Marathon in my experience, and really fun - loved the guy standing at the end of his drive playing Chariots of Fire. Really feels like the organisers have put a lot of work into getting the local community on side and making this a great day out for everyone and it really works. Marshalls were fantastic too. Thanks to the marshall shouting 'only 15 minutes of running left!' near the end I managed to squeeze a pb. Was knackered at the end but will be back next year - the 25% discount to this year's runners is hard to resist. Well done to everyone involved. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Great In full: Enjoyed the Cookham Turkey Trot. An undulating Off road course on the Copas Turkey Farm; the last mile was a tad tough. Encouraging marshals and plenty of fab cakes and hot drinks at the end. We'll done. Will be back in 2015. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Tough race with brutal ascents but superbly organised and marshalled. In full: What goes up must come down! Tough hill run with some scary descending but all in all a great race with brilliant organisation. Certainly worth doing and a bargain to enter as well! Date of review: October 12, 2014