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
In short: Another stunning year for the Slog! In full: Mud, bogs, mud, bogs, laughter, bogs, you get the message! Another superb year for the Slog - muddier than usual with superb organisation by Bitton Roadrunners and excellent marshalling along the way! Keep up the good work - this has to be the best Multi Terrain in the UK. I will be back in 2015... again.... with a smile on my face! Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: Well worth running! In full: The vast majority of the uphill inclines are in the first couple of miles, then it is basically flat with one incline around mile 7(ish) and the last 400m leading to the finish is also an uphill incline but that is okay as you know the end is in sight.
There is one 1.5-2 mile loop at the beginning and then you run out into the surrounding countryside. Earphones are strictly forbidden and if you run this race, you will see why, the roads are not closed off to traffic, albeit traffic was few and far between, in fact I counted all of three cars that passed me in the first 9.5 miles. They will disqualify anybody found flouting the earphones ruling and they do warn everybody at the start about this.
The start is by the War Memorial and is preceded by a short service and silence in rememberance which was really lovely.
The race is chip-timed and spreads out quickly during the first half mile. There are plenty of Marshalls and there were two water stations along the route, one between miles 3-4 and another around the 7 mile mark.
This was the first race, I have ever done, whereby I was able to take in the views of the surrounding countryside, which is surprising really, because one or two of those inclines, were a little challenging and usually when I am running up inclines, everything tends to go 2D and in black and white for me, but on this occasion, I was looking around and everything stayed in colour.
The finish line is in the front playground of the Primary school which is approximately 400m from where the start was.
There was a tea and cakes stand in this area and there are plenty of toilets dotted around.
The results went up super-quick on the wall - fastest I have ever seen results appear to be honest, that really was excellent!
The medal is beautiful and the Organisers and the village of Stebbing should be rightly proud of this excellent event they host.
I want to run this one again next year and would recommend it, without fail. Well worth running!
Oh yes and I got a PB, knocking 32 seconds off my previous 10 mile time, which incidentally, was set on a pancake flat course two weeks previously. So is it a possible PB course? Too right it is, uphill inclines and all! Date of review: November 10, 2014
In short: I enjoyed this race and it was more challenging than I had expected. In full: The route is very scenic. The path wasn't too muddy. It was a bit crowded at the start but then there were plenty of opportunities to overtake. The locks made for tough work as the short climb and descent broke the rhythm. I found the last three miles particularly tough. Organisation was good at the start but we needed portaloos at the finish. Date of review: November 9, 2014
In short: Overpriced In full: Finishers medal and half a cup of water, no goody bag, limited prizes 1st male & female prize and 1st male and female vet. Not good value for £16/£18 or on the day £20/£24 wouldn't do it again. Date of review: November 9, 2014
In full: Well marked out course, friendly, encouraging marshals, and a practical bag as a momento. Add in that it's for the Zbritish Legion, makes this a race worth putting in your diary. Garmin recorded short but, given the trees, I'll trust the UKA measuring wheel! Date of review: November 9, 2014
In short: A very positive way to Remember In full: As a veteran who was looking for a good thing to do on Remembrance Sunday, I feel this was it.
All profit to the RBL, loads of Poppies availible in the registration area, a very respectful 2 minute silence before immediately setting off on a fantastic, well and friendly marshalled, interesting forested route.
For me this is a real gem of an event, a definate do-again race. Events like this are becoming scarce, with the November sun beaming down it almost had a magical feeling.
I was allowed to run with my dog, she really enjoyed it too! Date of review: November 9, 2014
In short: Special race to mark a special day In full: No of no other race that starts with a remembrance service and an excellent one at that for this special 100th year. Also the 10th anniversary month of my first ever race too. Great run this, v well organised and marshalled great scenery along the course too and perfect running weather today. Lovely medal and homemade cake and tea at the end a bonus. Date of review: November 9, 2014
In short: Beautiful day for a muddy run In full: Very muddy which made it a challenging run. A lovely spot and the Last Post trumpeter added poignancy. The run did appear short of 10k and there was no momento. There were marshal/signage mistakes that sent some runners the wrong way at halfway. But overall lots of marshals and a very cheerful day. Date of review: November 9, 2014