In short: Stunning autumn run In full: Second time doing this beautiful run. Would highly recommend but could do with more toilets at the beginning as per usual! Course very flat until the end so ideal for beginners and just stunning. Thank goodness the rain held off. Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: Beautiful morning for a very scenic race In full: Slick organisation. Excellent commentary at both the start and finish areas! Fantastic marshals: at race HQ, on the course, at the water stations, and keeping things moving at the finish. Friendly runners. Quality medal. Well-organised baggage collection. Fast results service. 10/10 :-) Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: the weather did not help! In full: This is a review of the 10k race only.The prevailing weather ensured that the race took place in rain,wind and mud. The organisation was OK except for the following. The marshalls were poor (apart from one!)and showed little interest in the proceedings.I am also not sure how the timing was calculated as I assume that the starters gun was the commencement of the race and the bar code swiper was the finish? This method was a bit hit and miss and therefore did not reflect an accurate time. Could have done with a medal? There was no goody bag - not that I am complaining. The tee-shirt had to be collected off a pile which was situated in an open fronted tent. Overall not a good impression! . Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: Needs a start line chip-mat. Only gun time. In full: Great race but with so much mud and fun to be had en route. However there were a few weird problems. I'll go over the positives first...
1-Really nice route, muddy as expected and it wasn't too busy on the course. I heard people further back had to wait a bit but it was ok. The course wasn't as hilly as I personally expected, but I love hill running.
2-Organisation in the start area good and we knew where to go and what to do. Bag drop and collection rapid.
3- Just about enough toilets to go around. There were showers at the end and you could buy hot drinks etc.
4- Cost and value for money. More muddy than a tough mudder and 1/5th of the cost £17. Bargain
1-No starting timer mat and no one was sure where the actual start line was. This meant that everyone's chip times weren't accurate at the end. Odd.
2-Parking. It would have been nice to see a marshal pointing the way to the car park areas. We ended up parking in a street which was fine though after a mini un needed pre race driving stress.
3- Mile markers were not at every mile! I only noticed 1,3,5. Maybe a sign with "1 mile to go" would have been most helpful because non-locals didn't know how far was left. I only knew when we were finishing because we entered the school grounds. I think the underpass was 0.5 miles to go.
4- The one stupid hay bale. Why bother? It just caused queues. Get rid of it.
1- Wear trail shoes with grip, not trainers. 2- Park in the nearby streets, official "car parks" hard to spot. 3- Take a spare change of EVERYTHING...obviously 4- Have fun and prepare to get mud everywhere. Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: Done this three times, just gets better In full: This is a very well organised 10K over undulating minor roads. Great race. Free cake and sports drink at the finish, good l/s shirt & drawstring bag Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: 4th Year in a row and I will keep coming back! In full: I really enjoy this race. Course is good, Organisation is good and the service at the start is what makes it stand out from other events. I will keep coming back as it's a great race. Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: Excellent as ever In full: Faultless organisation from FCR as usual. Nice to see a new medal for 2014. Only slight downside was the lack of chip timing. Will be back next year Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: One of the greats. In full: A brilliant race from start to finish. Such a great idea to have multiple waves at the start, and unlike some other events, this worked really well. Only slight congestion in the early stages for me before we all found our pace, but what race doesn't have that? It's the little touches that make this such a good event, from the bus ride, to super slick number pick up, great friendly marshals and instant online results. The highlight though is the lovely course - beats running around Dorney Lake countless times, that's for sure! Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: Good race & good organisation In full: A good race. Start was a little congested but after first mile you could make headway if you wanted to pass other runners. From my perspective a good training run where I ran at a respectable pace whilst enjoring the scenery. Would definitely do this again Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: Such an enjoyable race! In full: I really loved yesterday's Stebbing 10 race. I'd never done it before (wanted to do it last year but entries had sold out!)and had always heard good things. The route is along lovely quite country roads and lanes, and its so nice just taking in the views. At one point I saw 4 deer run across a field! Very friendly race, with a special Remembrance Sunday poppy medal which I love! And brilliant cake at the finish!! I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 10, 2014