In short: Great fun!very fast at the front nice and fun at the back.Do something different you may like it. In full: Loving these races, well organised and getting very popular. Do it before it gets too big. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Hard, but really good In full: This event had a really good atmosphere to it. Small enough to have a local feel but taking in the kind of terrain and providing the kind of challenge that should bring in runners from far and wide. Steep and muddy at the start but the going got better with the miles. Nobody is ever going to run a pb on this course - it's about having fun and taking on a challenge rather than chasing a time. Well done to the marshals all of whom were cheerful and encouraging and fully contributed to a great event. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Freezing - Well worth getting up for In full: Temperatures were freezing - well done to the marshals. Oragnized well despite the cold weather. Nice warm up by Virgin active. Just up the road so back for next year. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Fabulous setting on good trail paths. Would be nicer with more runners In full: It was lovely running through a National Trust site before the public arrives. Lots to look at whilst running and it was a still morning so the lakes reflected the scenery.
It is described as a hilly course; I would say it was undulating. There was nothing too taxing hill-wise. The paths are good and firm so normal running shoes are fine.
This is primarily a canicross event. They also have a 10k (and shorter distance) trail run without dogs which is what I entered. Start times are staggered so you don't end up running with the canicross runners and dogs.
There was a very small field of trail runners which was a shame and meant is lacked a feel of companionship on the course and at the finish line.
The marshals were encouraging. Signage generally good (could do with a different sign on the second right after turning off the Stowe School road; two paths ran parallel and it would have been reassuring to have a straight ahead arrow on the right-hand path).
I really enjoyed and it will definitely run it again. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Felt like a training run with a medal at the end In full: Nice course with some hill variation at times, although it did get somewhat dull at points. The crowd was non-existent and some of the families in the village with buggies were actively shouting at the runners as they were on their way to Starbucks and had to veer marginally to one side. Overall the event felt more like an organised mass run rather than a race, nothing compared to the Ealing half marathon just up the road. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Very well organized event , definately one to put on your to do list . In full: Heard good reports about this event so decided to enter this year and it did not disappoint . Fairly scenic for the most part and some quite challenging undulations in places but nothing to bad , 2nd half is slightly hillier therefore (unless you are an elite runner) slower . Only downside i can think of is during the 1st 3 miles the traffic (Cars and Vans) can get quite busy and as the race has only just got underway there are plenty of groups of runners around so in some cases cars etc are trying to weave in and out of runners but after that the rest of the course is fine , race is also chip timed and the goody bag at the end puts alot of much bigger events to shame (2 bottles of isotonic drink , banana , wafer , T Shirt , a soreen mini cake and a six pack of crumpets in this years goody bag)plus free homemade flap jacks at the end , really glad i entered and will look forward to next years event , get in early though as it can sell out quick !!! Big thumbs up from me to the Clowne roadrunners for putting on a great event , roll on 2016 Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Excellent organisation. An undulating course. The weather was cold but hardly any wind. Marshals were excellent. The t shirt and goody bag was very generous.I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Half marathon review - a real struggle but beautiful views In full: I generally dislike people who complain about the course after signing up to run it. However Buster Hill was a ridiculous place to start a race. I love the challenge of hills but not at the very start before your legs get a chance to warm up. I wasn't at my fittest and take responsibility for that. But the otherwise phenomenal scenery and great running route was somewhat ruined for me because I burnt myself out trying to get up that hill while cold. It's a bit like trying a hill start in an old banger. Get the thing going properly first and then send it up the vertical hill! Date of review: November 21, 2015
In short: Time for a change!... In full: Positive first: I LOVE the course and travel a long way to do this race every year. I've done it 5 or 6 times and have IDENTICAL medals! Not kidding, no date on the medal nor on the ribbon so they are identical. I was very disappointed this year hence this review. I am no fast runner but really didn't appreciate being asked at EVERY marshalling point whether I was the last runner. One of the marshals tried to suggest I should take the shorter option even though I'd met the cut off time. Sorry guys, but when I run, I look in front of me, not behind so don't know how many runners, if any, are behind me. Depressing!The sweeper bike got lost twice then I was lumbered with a tail runner who was very close to me, so basically in MY 'space' until I told her to step back. Despite an email ahead of time requesting additional water at a particular point in the race (based on previous experience), there wasn't any. It's not good value for money either. £18 affiliated for the same medal and a memento is not great. No goody bag. This year we got a 'thing' which is a bottle opener at one end and a letter opener at the other. Not sure where I'm supposed to keep it, in the kitchen or the study? It would be a shame to lose this race as the course is great but now is the time to pass it on to the hands of professional organisers. I will do it again if it is and I won't if it's not. Date of review: November 21, 2015
In short: Nice countryside run with a fast finish In full: This was the first run where I had the confidence to push at the end, where I changed from panicking that I wouldn't finish it to actually trying to run a decent time. The course was challenging but not alarmingly so, and a downhill finish is something I love. Would recommend. Date of review: November 20, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery and well organised In full: I echo many of the comments on here. The scenery was stunning, the organisation was great and the crowd were friendly and supportive. I set myself the challenge of getting a pb to raise money for charity and got it. It was over 3 years until I beat my pb again. Date of review: November 20, 2015
In short: Good local race In full: Just ran this as my first trail race. Very muddy on the day made it pretty tough in places and very slippery. It was good fun though and I will be back Date of review: November 19, 2015
In short: Half marathon review: Lovely scenery and grit-your-teeth weather In full: You had to love running to love this race, and thankfully I do. The rain was torrential and relentless but once you got going this was a brilliant race for those who like to grit their teeth, splash through the mud and enjoy the feeling of being alive. The weather resulted in a fairly small field and I had the unique feeling of leading the race for the first couple of miles and staying in second for most of the rest of it. Was delighted to finish 4th and get the legs going on a day that would otherwise have been a write-off. Thanks to the organisers for their stoicism and for finding such an attractive course all along the Thames. Would definitely recommend. Date of review: November 19, 2015