In short: Simply GREAT !! In full: Year after year the race just keeps on delivering a good value, well organised, quality race. Crowd support is as good as anywhere I've raced (this was my 55th Half, so I've seen a few places), coupled with brilliant weather this year just made my PB this race all the more rewarding. Highly recommended for anyone at any ability level, beginner, seasoned or anywhere in between. Give it a go. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: PB In full: Returned to MK for a second attempt at the 10k. In contrast to last year's snow and freezing temperature, this year we had warm sunshine. The first kilometer was again quite congested - I'm used to being overtaken early on, but here I was boxed in slightly. Once out on the dual carriageway though, the field soon opened out. After you turn off through the houses, you are soon running through plenty of pleasant parkland. The hill just past the 9km mark is testing, but adds to the challenge. The end is a bit of a let down, with just a small bottle of water and a medal with no date on it, but achieving my 10k PB has given me extra appetite to return next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Who ordered that heat? In full: My first 20 mile race as opposed to just a training run. Great warm up for spring marathons, a tad warm for me but this obviously not the organisers fault. Quite a late start as well which meant a lie in for us locals. Although not an Almost Athlete I did appreciate the jelly baby & encouragement I received from them..."If you can't walk a straight line, run one"...especially as I was wobbling along struggling to get a gel out of my belt. It's not usually a great thing to get lapped but was surprisingly pleasant to be supported by and to cheer for the faster runners. Great camaraderie. T-shirt is nice, liked that you could order your size. All in all a good race and on my doorstep. Will see you next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Loved it :) In full: A brilliant race ok its tough but the course is stunning, the encouragement and atmosphere from fellow runners was lovely. The organisation is superb, the marshalls were fantastic, the medal, T-shirt and pint glass was a great reward after those hard fought 13.1 miles. Cant wait to come back again next year. Well done Rob and all the team.
In short: Well run, fast course In full: I'm in the middle of training for the London Marathon, so this was one of my tune up races. Although it was a rather hot day, the race organisers made sure there were plenty of water stations, and the event was well organised. It's a big race, but it never felt as crowded as Reading has done. And to cap it all, I smashed my PB by seven minutes! Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: A great but undulating route with good support - could do with more water stations In full: A very hot day for March (20 degrees) which was lovely - although added to the challenge of the undulating course. Keeps it very interesting with great scenery mixed with good support in town. A really nice down hill fast finish as well. Well organised start and good organisation throughout. Only complaints would be no real need to start at 10:30 - takes out the whole day and given the heat to only have small plastic cups of water is not really good enough. I was desperate for more water (a bottle) or at least one energy drink, but there were none. Ended up having to stop to drink a couple of extra small cups of water. Add a pound to the entry fee and give the runners some Lucozade for next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Awesome race, brilliantly organised In full: I keep coming back to this race because it's so brilliantly done. Facilities are brilliant. Nice bacon sardines, tea, coffee and cake at the end.
It's easy to get to and parking is a breeze. The two lap format makes it great to practice pacing for a spring marathon. There's a few hills so it is a bit of a challenge if you're used to flatter running.
Plenty of water on the course and sweets and gels if you want those too. Can't really fault it. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Really good event. In full: I won't be back this is only because I have now done it twice. Once in ice and snow and once in warm sunshine. It is well organised. Beware of the hills, if you can do it without stopping or walking it is some achievement. The final bit of the last hill is pretty tough. Trail shoes are essential otherwise you will slip. Common to both years has been mud, mud, mud. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Challenging but so worth it! In full: This was my first time running this half marathon and it was definitely the toughest one I've ever done. Having said that, the course is lovely and although there are two big uphill slogs there is also a lot of downhill fun for you to claw back time! really well organised and friendly. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Very well organised, great atmosphere In full: Only decided on the day to do this race as my wife was using the 20 as marathon preparation, so thought £25.00 was a tad excessive, that said organisation was brilliant sign up on the day was really easy, plenty of well marshalled parking, nice to get a quick drive on a bit of the top gear track !! Toilets plentiful although did run out of toilet paper post race. I enjoyed the first couple of miles on the track as it got your legs going without the open road to contend with. Once outside the airfield the course became more "interesting" with some quite sharp hills, but as I was only doing them once they were not too bad. The water stations had gel bars and jelly babies and were plentiful so another plus, the last mile or so you could hear the music from the airfield so knew I didn't have too far to go, the final straight was nicely split so the 10 milers could finish easily with the 20 milers able to get past with no hold ups. A nice touch was the race director shaking your hand at the end as well as a very good quality medal and plenty of water and a chocolate bar at the end. while waiting for my wife to finish a vegetarian egg roll and cup of tea was very welcome as well as good value. The weather was lovely so all in all a great race, well organised and a brilliant venue. The marshalls' on the course have to be thanked for their enthusiasm as well Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Local,friendly,fairly flat, pb achievable event! In full: Ive entered this event ever sice they reintroduced it. Its in its 4th year now and it keeps getting better. Still a couple of things need ironing out. The finishers funnel was chaotic this year. Generally on the whole though a great event. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Great course, superb aid stations/checkpoints, friendly marshals and fantastic organisation. Loved it. In full: Given this is run to raise funds for local charities, not to make profit, the amount of time and organisation that goes into it is fantastic. It's a real 'runners for runners' event and could teach the so-called professional fund raising events a lot.
It's a challenging but runnable course, well marked and with checkpoint that are well stocked with fluids, gels, flapjack and sweets. The marshals and organisers, all volunteers are incredibly supportive and helpful.
Having run both days I was left wishing it went on all week. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Tough - but marathons are meant to be! In full: Second year doing this and nothing but positives from me. Took 20 minutes off my time from 2013 - so you can go 'fast' on this course - and really enjoyed the race. The race is incredibly well organised and takes you round some truly beautiful countryside. There's nothing quite like the joy of running a hilly marathon in your home town! Date of review: March 18, 2014