In short: Most enjoyable 10k I have done. Recommended to anybody In full: Beautiful setting. Tough enough without being a killer. Very friendly with a terrific atmosphere at the boat festival and free transport back from the finish to the start where there aregood changing rooms and showers. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Not bad as an early in the year race but running should be fun not torture In full: I enjoyed 2005 better. The extra numbers did not make the race any more interesting and it made leaving the car park very difficult. Water stations were poorly organised aswell. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: A Race you need to have in your portfolio In full: A charged atmosphere of fear and forboding. A longish and hard cross country to thin out the field before the onslaught into the assault course which although not excessively demanding had mental and physical challenges due to the extremely cold water. A must event. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Nice scenery, shame about facilities! In full: No changing facilities, showers, etc., made this a most unpleasant experience post-race, especially for those of us that travelled from London. Whilst I agree that it is a lovely place to run and the course with the two 'challenging' hills definately woke you up and got you working, a race is about facilities as much as the terrain and to be frank, I would rather run in a less inspiring environment with some form of changing/shower facilities than some posh bloke's garden with sod all facilities! Oh yes, and a £1 for an instant coffee, whats all that about?! Definately not coming back! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: PB in glorious weather - bring on the hills! In full: I could not fail to enjoy this race in glorious February weather. Conditions were perfect, the pace was quick and the hills were nowhere near as bad as billed in previous reviews. Good spirit on route - we even joked about having a pint as we went past one scenic village boozer! Just one slight niggle - the water stations could have been better organised.
In short: Enough hills to keep you honest, save some energy for the final climb In full: I noticed the hills more this year, more of them seemed to slope upwards. Was overtaken by a saddled but riderless galloping horse at mile 6, with a car in hot pursuit. Can't remember any other race laying on such a diverting and alarming feature. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Starting to suffer from its popularity sadly! In full: A lovely if somewhat challenging course with good organisation BUT - there were loads too many people mid-pack leading to some of us having to queue for over FOUR minutes to get over a stile!! AND it was a pity to have to stop at some of the road crossings. These two set-backs lead me to think that if I do ever run this again, I will only do it as a training run. Good training run though!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Very friendly with nice scenery and a great downhill finish. In full: Very crowded start into a narrow lane coupled with a hill at 7km scuppered my PB ambitions. But very friendly with lots of opportunity to chat on the run and pretty fields all around. I liked the slate coaster memento, but didn't see the point of the powdered soup packet... Date of review: February 6, 2006