In short: 2nd time that I've done this race and I've fully enjoyed it again In full: Great race! The organization and atmosphere is outstanding. I love the route through Chiltern countryside. Thanks to the hills it's never boring. ...but don't chose this race for trying a new PB. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Cracking event In full: Having lived in St Evenage for a few years I finally did my 'home' event. Never bothered previously as I really didn't like the old course but this year's new course was much more appealing.
The course was pretty much all on cyclepaths which are perfect for a race of this size. The marshalling was fantastic and considering the weather they were almost all remarkably cheery and supportive as were the few supporters scattered around the course.
Not the flashiest of medals (I do like my bling) but acompanied by a t-shirt I'm not complaining.
Definitely an event I'll do again Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Well worth a visit In full: If you have only run flat 10ks this is well worth entering if you are looking to step up to a 10miler or a half marathon. This is undulating enough to test your fitness, but not so hilly as to be demoralising for relative newbies. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: A Run In The Country In full: What a blast, had a great run but two of the hills have become steeper since I last ran -must be global warming !. Great medal and hoodie and the tastiest apple I have ever had in my life. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Excellent race great atmosphere NC quality goodie bag - get entered for 2015 In full: second time at this race as excellent as last year, good race HQ good parking very very good marshalling, great goodie bag, fairly tough but vets enjoyable course will enter again as soon as it's open. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: A friendly and fun race - I'd do it again just for the atmosphere! In full: Although the route is flat, the surface of the paths is not. I tripped, due to not paying attention, and wished I had worn my off-road shoes. The weather was glorious on the day, and it was lovely to run along the river. I'm glad that there were only 300 or so runners, as it was not congested. The water stations were particularly well-run, and well-stocked with gels, sweets, juice, biscuits, fruit and water. Everyone was friendly and relaxed on the day, something that I miss on the bigger and more competitive races. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Well organised race, but congested course In full: A nice enough small city race (about 2,000 runners) and well organised, Very early start though (8.30am!) and all packed away by 10.30am as if nothing had ever happened, which seemed a bit odd. Started on time but was extremely congested for first few hundred metres so we were walking at times when we'd much rather be running, and again in several places later on when the course was too narrow. This was a shame and probably added a minute or so to my time, but I still got a PB so all good. Course was uninspiring, but then this is concreted Plymouth! Really nice medal at the end, and free massage was appreciated. If you're local this is a nice race to do, but not worth travelling to. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Better 2nd year but still needs a bit of work In full: This is my home race and this year was so much better than last year. The course was so much nicer. Last year felt like a rollercoaster of undulation and hills. This year felt like a breeze compared to it. Weather was better too. Apart from the unfortunate error of the mileage I can't really fault the race. There were a lot runners of all abilities in the race so I don't think anyone was running without anyone in sight apart from the leader who was 6 minutes ahead of the closest runner. HQ was a bit small but had to be held there to make the course better Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: A nice new park for London In full: I've not been to this part of town since the Olympics so this was a good chance to see what they have done with the place since that heady summer of 2012!
It's not the largest of parks but the organisers have just about managed to squeeze in a 3 lap 10K route in. Fairly fast too albeit with a few undulations and tight turns. Therefore if you are looking for a real rocket fast course to set a PB I'd still suggest one of the many races in Regents or Hyde park as a better option. All things considered though this is still a very nice place for a run.
Not the cheapest event, £18 via RW (or £17 direct) for a 10K. However it is well organised with all the basics done well. You also get a decent amount of food and stuff given to you at the end. Plus, as it is a series you can save a fair bit of cost by entering more than one of the races. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Fastest 10k in bedfordshire (in my humble opinion) In full: I have done this race 2 years in a row. The first year I set my Pb which unfortunately is still my pb to this day. The course is a pretty ugly out and back. almost completely flat apart from one motorway bridge which you also cross on the way back as well but this course is very fast. You can see the finish line from nearly a mile out. The marshals are friendly. You don't get a medal but a tshirt and piece of cake and tea after for 50p is great. They also have shower, changing facilities and lockers at the sports centre too. Great race a yearly event for me Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Great organisation, undulating course makes it interesting and challenging In full: Very well organised, plenty of marshals on course. Very scenic, good underfoot, excellent goody bag and provisions at the end. Don't forget the last 0.2 mile, it can catch you out if not prepared for it, makes it all the more challenging mentally! Big thumbs up for this event! Date of review: November 2, 2014