In short: Lovely race gorgous cakes. In full: Finding the place proved a tad difficult as the satnav threw in the towel about 2 miles from the start but in the end a lovely old farmer pointed us in the right direction. Car parking was in a farm yard field then a 10min walk to the start but with the beautiful and very scenic with views of the black Mountains and Brecons. The course is very undulating and mainly on spongy grass and the odd sheep to jump over there is two steepish hills to go up or walk. The finish is about 150 yrds from the start. There is a cake tent with really lovely cakes to choose from and some were gluten free, will I do this race next year and the answer is yes try stopping me. Well done Hay Hot footers for a brilliant staged race. Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: Fairly flat with slight rises. Let down by organisation In full: A pleasant race in beautiful Somerset lanes. Minor elevation in places to keep your legs focused and an ideal location for the HQ. I thought the organisation could be better though. Final race instructions sent via email without any instructions, website not exactly comprehensive with them either. The energy bottle thing a bit stressful trying to locate your own bottle from the table. Nothing was set up on arrival and no obvious place to even grab a cup of tea. A pleasant atmosphere though but it just needs polishing around the edges. Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: Hugely welcoming ladies only race, ideal for beginners. In full: Great goody bags, locals cheering you on and a mix of road, trails and grassland to cover. Highly recommended as a low key race for ladies. Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: This was tough but good atmosphere and great landscape. In full: Toughest 10k I've done but enjoyed the challenge and running around a lovely bit of Surrey. Organisation fine, no issues and friendly event. One of those runs where runners support each other as it's so tough! Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: Disappointing - route very boring and uninspiring for where it is. In full: I chose to enter this as it had been picked out in a previous running mag feature as something special. Such a disappointment. Considering it's Marlow I expected to be running alongside the river. Instead it was running alongside a dual carriageway and round residential roads. Wouldn't run it again and wouldn't recommend though the organisation was ok. Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: My favourite 10k In full: Slick organisation though toilet queues were pretty mental. Have already entered for 2017. Great goody bag but t-shirt massive - agree with other poster about mens/womens sizing. Small is still enormous! Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: Well organised event in beautiful location In full: I knew it would be pretty here and even in the driving rain there were some awesome views. Would definitely recommend - even the hills weren't as bad as I feared! Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: Good race, enjoyed it and challenging. In full: A well organised run and one I did enjoy. The pre-race registration and build up were very calm and not too OTT. Not as loud and uplifting as the Petts Wood 10k, but a friendly and welcoming bunch nevertheless.
The course itself had some moments that were very scenic but there were also times where you were running around a few cul-de-sacs and near dual carriageways.
A good, challenging race which was very well organised by great marshaling. Marshals really are the unsung heros of any race and the marshals here in particular were execeptional.
I wouldn't say this is one of my all time favourite races ever, but I did enjoy it and would do it again. For those who run for the bling, the medal was great! Date of review: June 14, 2016
In short: Another excellent race In full: I echo the other reviewers' comments re: general organisation, atmosphere, goody bag, marshalling etc - all very good. There were pacers this year too, as well as more start pens in order to engender a smoother start to the race.
My one issue: toilets. The urinals were not all marked as such and although people were marshalling the toilet queue, and directing runners to empty toilets, there were many men in the queue who only needed a wee and should have been more clearly directed to the urinals. I would recommend that the urinals be placed separately from the sit-down toilets, so the guys who only need to wee can queue separately.
Anyway, enough of that - it was a great race (even if I was slower than last year, grrr).
In short: Poor organisation, terrible registration but nice crowds in placed In full: Turned up to registration and there was 1 queue to collect numbers - which I hadn't realised split into 2 rows, 1 for the 10k and 1 for the half. There were 2 people dishing out numbers, nobody knew where to go or which queue to get in and the queue was incredibly long. It was a total farce and could have been made much simpler by a bit of organising of the queues. Then they ran out of safety pins....after saying in the emailed race brochure they would provide them. They asked people to go around asking runners to spare some pins and just use 2 or 3 as opposed to 4. The race had pacers - great.....you'd think! The pacers had yellow balloons tied to them....but they hadn't marked them to say which pace they were running at! So nobody knew which pacer to follow - what a joke! In the starting line up the 2 hour pacer was infront of the 1hr 45 pacer.....simple things could have made this so much better! The water on the course was in half filled plastic glasses - despite it being 25 degrees in the mid day sun (its a 12pm kick off). At the end they hand out medals at the finishing line but then the t-shirts were provided somewhere else which wasn't totally clear. The plus sides? The finishing water was a good size and the medals are pretty nice for a local event too. SO many simple things could have made this race simpler and more organised: - Posting of race numbers or segregated queues for each race - Posting of safety pins with numbers - Using marker pens on the pacer balloons - Providing small water bottles on the course In summary...the worst organised half I've ever done. They even took my feedback off their facebook page! Date of review: June 13, 2016
In short: Friendly and fun In full: A friendly local race which sums up the spirit of the running community. Marshals and team were cheerful in the rain, course was well signposted and had some challenge with a few grass and trail sections. Lovely place to run. And a surprisingly nice medal. Date of review: June 13, 2016
In short: Perfect summer 10k In full: Osterley has the lot - great scenery, very well organised, lots of pacers, lovely friendly atmosphere. It was hot but there was a water station and the National Trust cafe to relax in afterwards. Lots of tree cover too, its almost road free. 10.30 start suits a weekend Date of review: June 13, 2016
In short: Continues to deliver and the loudest most supportive marshals (even in the pouring rain) In full: I've run this a few times, normally in June sunshine but this one was wet. However, it didn't take anything away from this really excellent event. Parked by the office: doddle. Collect race number (late entry): breeze. Plenty of food and drink stalls. Decent build up on the PA. Usual congested start (please be patient it gets much wider after mile 1). Course had changed from my last visit but still plenty of the same hills. Lots of ups and downs. So many water stations and so many marshals. The marshals and the kids on the course were so loud and supportive especially as it poured at time. Finish line on the grass was a bit of a ice skating adventure. Medal and t-shirt nice. Decent goody bag (if you care), drinks and the traditional ice lolly at the end. All fantastic. Except driving (crawling) out of St Albans afterwards. This is a top quality event - I couldn't recommend it more.
In short: Brilliant again In full: This is the third year I have done this race and I love it. Sure it is tough as nails and my legs ache like crazy today, but it was such good fun - even the rain didn't spoil it. Brilliantly organised as well, with great marshalls and an overall fabulous atmosphere. One of my favourite local races. Date of review: June 13, 2016