In short: an enjoyable race In full: I did the 20miler so 2laps-I'm not hugely fond of multiple lap courses but actually this was a lovely race. Negative points first - toilets....yes the usual grumble but this was definetly need several more. Car park - not sure why we have to pay for the car park, surely this should be in the race fee? Also, a very long que to get in, it took me 30mins and then following waiting for the loo and then the reasonable walk to the start, I arrived with only 2mins to spare - but then at least I wasnt twiddling my thumbs! Finally, just a small grumble but I think the starting pens could be a bit bigger for each group. Positives - a very scenic route. Although it wasnt traffic free there were very few cars to worry about. The marshalls were just brilliant - so friendly and encouraging. For them alone it is worth turning up! The course is undulating with a couple of hills that could make you sweat, but I do really think this course has a good chance of a PB. Nice little goody bag at the end with a quality medal. The race is also in a very good spot on the calender for anyone running a spring marathon to gage how your prep is doing - turns out, mine is going pretty well! Would definetly recommend. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Lovely countryside, excellent marshalls In full: An enjoyable race, lovely countryside and a pretty flat route. The marshalls were excellent, really encouraging, a big thank you to them. I had a few minor quibbles: charging for parking when it's already an expensive race (for a 10 miler) seems a bit excessive. There were lots of people wearing earphones, which caused one or two near misses with cars that I saw, but marshalls took no action. Not much point having a rule against them if you don't enforce it, is there. But overall, this is an excellent race. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Great race,even the weather behaved! In full: I opted for the 10 mile race and thoroughly enjoyed it.For the most part flat with just a couple of inclines.Great marshalls and fantastic organisation. Didn't bother me but I don't think there were any toilets out on the course-for those running 20 miles I think a few portaloos dotted around would've been welcome. Really enjoyed it and many thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Glorious day for running In full: Fantastic weather made this race special today. Everyone very friendly and generally well organised. This was my 3rd time doing this run and I opted again for the 10 miler.
I think this race, now in it's 20th year is growing out of it's Bramley School HQ but not sure if there are any other options. There was a very crowded entrance and bag drop off points not well sign posted. Ambulances decided to drive through the line up point 5 minutes before race start. However, the course was well marshalled with a few welcome spectators dotted around to give some encouragement.
Glorious scenery, a nice mix of runners both club and recreational made this a race I will definitely put on my calendar for next year. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Very tough cross country race In full: Ran this with 3 friends who aren't full on runners. It was the first cross country experience for all of us and it was interesting.
I can't fault the marshals one bit apart from the fact that there were no mile markers. Had no idea as to how far I had run as with stream crossings my phone would have got wet so no gps. But the marshals were reall nice even after having to catch a 15 stone bloke after jumping a stream. A nice brass medal at the end and good atmosphere. I'll do it again but the conditions were very tough Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Good fun race, apart from the killer hill at the start.... In full: First time running this and wanted to do some hill work as part of my prep for the Reading Half. Nasty short, steep hill at the start which the race seems renowned for, but the bonus is "what goes up must come down" so some nice downhill sections. Managed a new PB, but this was more down to my own fitness improving. Nice race and the start area gives a lovely view across the area, including Wembley Stadium in the distance. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: The Weather Gods smiled In full: A beautiful clear sunny day, though windy on the return to home, lifted the spirits after so much rain. Plentiful enthusiastic emails from the organiser and I think it was he who kindly picked us up from the station too - how's that for service? The course, out and back with a loop round a village or two. Plenty of variety, mostly on very quiet roads, some field and woodland track - bit muddy but easy enough in road shoes in spite of all the rain. Constantly undulating though never any really big or steep hills. A good challenging but very fair course. Water at the finish would be appreciated but enough on the course and bananas and some kind of fizzy recovery drink provided at finish. Altogether a very nice race and easy to access from Central London Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Great organisation with happy faces In full: 2nd time I have done this and forgot how long the hill was. The hill was made easier due the Marshall's support throughout every corner on the whole course and the last 3 miles were a very welcome break to the climbs. Don't let it put you off as I managed a PB. Weather was lovely and did not see one puddle! Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: The sun was shining for once which made for a lovely run out! In full: Well organised, friendly and encouraging marshalls with a scenic route too boot! What more could you want. Well done... Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Add this to your race bucket list In full: Great race - a healthy mixture of mud, cow poo, streams, more mud and more cow poo. Well organised, marked and marshalled. Nice mix of terrain, definitely will be back next year Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: 1st time a must for 2015 In full: wasnt expecting much but got a whole lot back - having all so many good club runners there was great to see and try to keep up :-) great race for the 1st timer moving from 10k distance wanting s challenge - really one big hill between 6 & 7 but not too bad! Not to convince Mrs S!! :-) Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Well organised local race In full: Great HQ with plenty of facilities. Excellent organisation with lots of friendly, encouraging marshals out on the course. First time of doing this race, but will be back next year. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant organisation In full: Don't miss this race. The hill are a real challenge and the down hills fast.Easy to park, easy to get to, cheap and so well organised. The marshall were friendly and some of them very handsome. On the last half kilometer you are cheered along by the sheep and cows and you have a wonderful view of Harrow Hill and the school buildings. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: good fast course In full: Excellent Race HQ and plenty of parking. First couple of kilometers on a busy road then on quieter ones for rest of race. Very enjoyable day and the weather was perfect. Definetly would do it again and would recommend it to everyone. Looking forward to 2015 already. Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: FANTASTIC !!!! In full: Huge support all the way around the course - even in the extreme conditions. Great organisation, camaraderie and massive smiles at the end!!! Can't wait until next year. Date of review: February 16, 2014