In short: A pure run. Everything to gain In full: Good fun all round. Fine organization and reasonable facilities. Come for the general fun of the event; the parking's good and the course flat but expect average rather than memorable scenery, Mr Steadman. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Harsh, wet, strewn with manure. Great fun In full: Lets make no bones about it; this is a hard race and probably sorts out the men from the boys. I ran a crushing 1:45 here and a 1:37 at Bedford a few weeks later. Rain lashed, poor goody bag, but a real sense of accomplishment. A genuine challenge. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: A fine alternative to Abingdon et al for a late year M In full: Very friendly, great marshalling; a good and mostly rural, scenic course. The 3 lap template works extremely well if you are marathon fit though I doubt there's pb potential due to the degree of hill climbing. Great fun. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: In full: A little bit dodgy around mile 9 onwards, too exposed to cars coming from behind. A good race with a good personal time. Everyone was friendly, besides a few fellow runners, who as usual, forgot this running lark is supposed to be fun! So stop taking yourself too serious and bloody smile! Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Last Half of the year; a definite must In full: It's a pleasent rural trot with excellent marshalling and a fast finish making it all the more tempting for an end of season pb, and thus the best excuse for Christmas satisfaction. And beers. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: It came highly recomended and I can underatnd why - a superb event catering for experianced and beginers alike with excelent organisation and facilities - well done. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: A great, fun race. I recommend it. In full: This was my first 10k after years off with a hip injury. I couldn't have asked for a better race. The marshalls were friendly, the atmosphere was great and the weather was perfect sunshine. The whole race was very well organised from start to finish. I would thoroughly recommend this to a beginner and I shall, injury and cicumstances permitting, be back next year. 10 out of 10! Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Good effort, could try harder. In full: Second time here for me, and all in all a pretty good race. The best pre-race info pack ive received in a very long time. The car park was somewhat further away from the start this year which was a bit of a pain, the other car park they gave us the option of using was 2.5m away!
Lots of shouts from marshalls saying 'keep left or you will be disqualified' at the begininng. Im not sure about that.... if they start the race on such narrow roads then do they expect people to be only two abreast? No i dont think so.
Saw lots of people with commemorative souvenir tumblers, sadly I had to make do with the crappy t-shirt.
Offered good views of the Hemel Hempstead oil fire. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: ho ho ho In full: Brilliant - great organisation, friendly marshalls and despite the hills the scenery helped me blow 2 mins off my flat PB. Am now a convert to off road racing. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: A good club run In full: A better start pls Naff black T-shirts should go Quite hilly Marshalls excellent Post run facilities good Thanks for organising - a good day out Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Challenging course!!! In full: The summary says it all. Challenging it certainly was! Slight downhill for the first mile just to lead you into a pace too fast for the remainder of the race. Then uphill for the next 4, downhill again then the last two are uphill. I had nothing in the tank after 8, will pace myself better for next year knowing what the course is like! Started late this year, I assume because of the late arrival of buses to the start. Last half mile was through some very slippery and muddy forest tracks. Course got the better of me this year so I will have to come back!!!! Date of review: December 15, 2005