In short: Mad fun! In full: This is one of my all time favourite races. Its hilly, muddy, and wet, so don't wear the shiny new trainers you got for Christmas! At about 1 mile, you have the option of running through the ford or across the narrow bridge - I did the bridge last time, and the ford this time - my advice - DO THE FORD! Your feet will be wet by the end anyway, so just enjoy it! Great scenery, fantastic atmosphere, imaginative medal with an itab included and mince pies and mulled wine! What's not to like? Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Fun and a little hilly In full: Not an amazingly scenic run, but it is Bracknell... The hills were more challenging that I expected, but that makes it a little more interesting! Loads of water stations with sponges, which was great. Most officials are volunteers from different organisations, so some understand running, some don't! My only criticism would be that some of the marshals needed to be more observant of traffic and runners, and more confident to give instructions to drivers. There were a number of road crossings and intersections where runners can't see if there is traffic coming, and assume the marshal will stop any vehicles, but they didn't. That said, some marshals were excellent at it. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Well marshalled, friendly, scenic In full: A lovely, local race, small enough to feel personal, large enough to be professional. Marshalling is great - very positive and encouraging. Organisation is good, and its a nice country run without being far out of town. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Fast, Flat, Fun In full: This is one of my favourite 10k races - you'll find PB chasers because of the flat course and complete beginners because it is such a well supported local race. Closed roads all the way, excellent marshals, enthusiastic pacers. You can tell its put on by runners for runners. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Friendly race with some challenges! In full: Yesterday was the 5th or 6th time I have run this race as it is just up the road from my house. It was sunny and pleasantly warm (if you were spectating!); hot if you were running. A long drag up an incline, a couple of short sharp hills but a lovely long downhill to compensate. Reasonably priced and plenty of support around the course. Chip to chip timing which is a winner for me. But yes, a 10am start please!! Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Challenging but brilliant run In full: Loved this event. Only my second marathon and completely underestimated the impact the hills and terrain would have on my time (even though I've run it as a half before) so struggled a lot in the second half but even that didn't dampen my enjoyment of the event. Superbly organised, wonderful scenery, great camaraderie from fellow runners and a cracking medal at the finish. Will definitely be back next year and am already harbouring ambitions for the ultra... Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Always well organised and good value In full: I've run this race a few times as its my local one and the organisation is always brilliant - the marshalls are excellent. Receiving a medal again definitely better than the mug! But please start at 10 instead of 11! Not just because it could be hot (as it was yesterday) but also because it feels like its a lot of hanging around on a Sunday. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Fab, slick race by Hermes Running, lovely medal too In full: Great race, plenty of facilities at HQ, slick organisation as you'd expect from David and Mel Ross at Hermes Running. I brought 3 club mates this year and they loved it too. Thanks and well done Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Glad I discovered this event In full: A beautifully scenic trail run within a stone's throw of the M25/M4 interchange. Much more of a trail run than I'd expected, with just the first and last kilometre on the road around the business park.
Mild undulations, and a slightly uneven surface in places, but nothing severe.
I had assumed this would be a chip-timed event, like the other Purple Patch race I've taken part in. In fact, there was no chip timing here, but I positioned myself at the front to get an accurate finish time.
The organisation was faultless - plenty of parking on site, fast number collection, adequate toilet facilities, and massage available before and after the race.
Glad I discovered this event. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: A lovely 10k race - undulating and interesting . Easy car parking , good facilities - only negative was a few more mashalls needed as the roads weren't closed and cars were trying to get through . Would do again Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Beware the hills! In full: Well organised, smallish race. First 5km downhill, ran it 30 seconds quicker than Parkrun PB. Then a crazily steep hill through a housing estate, it levelled out and then a right turn revealed a second monster climb, really sharp incline. Some people in the top 40 were walking up this second one it was that tough. The rest of the race was all up hill according to my garmin, except for a small cross country section where there was a blessed downhill section. I'm in no way criticising the race, it does advertise as undulating, it just caught me out. Another runner said it had added at least two minutes to his regular 10k time, so enter it if you like a test, as that second half is certainly one. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Nice scenery and good organisation, definitely recommended. In full: This was my first triathlon so these opinions are based on no previous experience.
We arrived around 09:30 for a 10:30 start and were able to park in the leisure centre car park which was a big plus. Picking up the race pack only took a few minutes as did applying the temporary tattoo race numbers then getting transition set up. It all quite low key and relaxed.
The swim was in a 25m pool and that was all well organized and fuss free. The cycle was a pleasant, pretty flat route through the countryside, lots of marshals to point you in the right direction at junctions, I never felt there was any risk of getting lost. The run was ok, some scenery but a fair amount through housing estates, a few inclines and the railway bridge at the end was hard work. The finish was nice as you were given your medal straight away and offered a tray of jelly babies and jaffa cakes, drinks and bananas.
After finishing you could go to the results tent at the end of the course and get a printout of your timings, that was nice. The goody bag was ok and I was a little disappointed that the medal was a generic Xtra Mile medal, only the ribbon was printed with the event.
I think the organisation was overall absolutely fine. The one miss I feel was at the end of the bike leg where you enter the car park and you share the road with people arriving for their event walking across the entry to transition, I did it myself when I arrived getting in someone's way and I didn't enjoy having to weave around bikes and pedestrians whilst trying to get to transition, it was an unwelcome distraction, I feel there should have been better separation of traffic. I also had a heck of a job getting the temporary tattoos off, they felt a bit OTT.
The web site also mentioned there would be a way to follow the event online which I thought would be fun for the kids but that never materialized. It also said there would be a free photo which I've not had yet but, to be fair it was only yesterday so maybe that's on the way.
Despite a negative or two though I really enjoyed it, it was all pretty well organized and efficient but had a low-key, relaxed atmosphere, not remotely intimidating for a first-timer. I'll definitely be looking to do it next year. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: A well organised race with a family atmosphere, supportive marshalling and an interesting and pretty course In full: it was the first time I've done this race. I thouroughly enjoyed the mildly challenging route through the park and appreciated the encouragement of the marshals. Some of the younger marshals weren't actively participating, but the majority were fabulous. Also appreciated the Sainsbury's lady at the end with the fruit and water :-)
Oh, and the trophy. I like the trophy :-) Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Very tough 10K but enjoyable at the same time, if that is possible! Will do it again. In full: Well organised and marshalled, good value even at £11 on the day. Toilets on site, course through woodland so some "obstacles on the ground" but notice is advised by marshalls. Challenging course, hilly at times but worth doing. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: look forward to this race every year. In full: I have run in the 10 mile almost every year since 2004,always a great event. the work put in by marshals and all the orgaisers is as good as you can get. book early it always sells out,will run again in 2017... Date of review: May 15, 2016