In short: It's very good! Flat, fast, and suberbly organised In full: Organised so well it rang like clockwork. Increadibly well marshalled. Congratulations to all involved, I'd buy you all a drink but don't think I have that much money. Great course, quite scenic considering the lack of hills and so fast I knocked spots of my PB. The lack of snow, cold wind, rain also helped. Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Friendly race in Beautiful Surroundings In full: The course for this race takes you well off-road, with about 80% of the course crossing fields and footpaths - so you don't come here for a PB! However the course takes you through some stunning scenery. The 2005 race had 149 entrants, and I suspect that could double in 2006 when the course will be single lap and very close to the 10Km distance. Beautifiul finish in the village playing field surrounded. Marshalling is excellent and friendly, and watering stations well located. You really get the feeling that the whole village pulls together for this race each year - a rare treat for those tired of running around industrial estates in bigger races on a Sunday. Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Excellent race! In full: First time I did this and hope to be back next year. A nice and flat course, excellent organisation before and on the day, great support my the marshalls. All adds up to great pb potential! Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: pancake flat, well organised, great marshalls, lovely quiet country roads. What else d'ya want on a cold january morning? Just a shame i wasn't in PB form. Next year though! Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: fantastic race, flat as a pancake, superbly organised , very friendly and great sweatshirt In full: 4th time I've done this one, it just gets better. Really fast course, very encouraging and supportive marshalls all the way round, superbly organised at the start and the finish and one of the best if not the best sweatshirts around. Will wear mine with pride ! All this and perfect running weather, cold but not too cold, no wind, clear skies, what a great race Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Due to the wind and rain, I really did not expect to enjoy this race, but it was a thoroughly pleasurable experience and I will be doing it again next year!!!! Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: great fun In full: A nice course. Only negative point is not enough marshalls. By the third lap most seem to have dissapeared. Lucky I remembered the route from the first lap. Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Much more fun than road running In full: I've never understood why road running is far more popular than cross country, and this race proves my point. OK, there are no mile markers and the race distance is only approximate and the conditions vary hugely from one year to the next, so a PB is a fairly meaningless target. But the running is just so much fun!
By cross country standards, this is a fair course. One uphill quagmire - make sure you do your laces up tight else you will waste valuable seconds digging out your shoes - but otherwise an undulating rather than hilly course with good footing.
Great atmosphere, good organisation, encouraging marshalls and lovely scenery - what running was invented for. Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Did PB rather amazed myself! V fast course In full: PB could have been down to fact it was freezing so had to run fast to keep warm and get to end and warm clothes. also so many Serps runners - just had to beat as many as possible - Did they hire a bus(es)? Only down side not too many people up for a chat, must be the difference between 8 mins and 7 mins runners. Top marshalls though. Date of review: January 23, 2006
In short: Faultless In full: I have entered this race 3 years running now and it gets better every year, faultless organisation, an excellent, challenging, exciting course, beginner and spectator friendly and a medal to all finishers. Date of review: January 23, 2006