In short: Hilly but well organised event In full: Organisers done their homework, the start and finish were well organised. Was very happy the course didn't involve any laps. The funnel seemed to go on for ever! I think the entry fees are a little expensive but would do it again. Might be an idea to have chips next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Really well organised and loads of encouragement from the marshals. I'll definitely be back. In full: I was really impressed with the organisation, having heard some horror stories about other races. The marshalls were great at holding the traffic at bay and shouting words of encouragement. The hills were a bit of a nightmare and I was so happy when a marshall told me I had run the last hill - I hadn't :( This was my first 10k and first race and I'll definitely be back next year. Well done to the Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers for organising such a good event. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: A extremely good and very well organised 10K race In full: Excellent organisation throughout. The race started on time, and the road on the first km is wide enough to keep any jostling and bunching to a minimum. The marshalling was very good. The use of marshalls on motorbikes was a great idea, as this certainly kept the traffic under control. The course has a few hills, but all are manageable and many of the 'ups' are soon followed by 'downs' (and then perhaps another 'up'..) The last km is ideal for a fast finish (assuming you have some energy left). Finally the finish funnel was very efficient. Well done and thanks to the organisers and marshalls.
In short: Great atmosphere. Mad Stad finish feels a bit special In full: Never wnat to look the Basingstoke Road in the face again. The last long drag sapped the spirits. My really big gripe though was the awful provision of loos at the start. Girls improvised behind the brambles and the men peeing into the stream was an imporessive sight! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Nice rural race. Well organised In full: My GPS measured 13.24 so was slightly longer. Really enjoyed it and hope to do it again next year. So nice to do a half after the 20 milers! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: Great area, great race In full: The area is absolutely fantastic. I love the Vale. It's great to be reminded that such a tranquil and rural place exists so close to the big towns and cities.
I cut nearly a minute off my PB, which was good going since yesterday I was helping with a Duke of Edinburgh's Award training hike carrying a 15kg rucksack! There were a couple of small undulations that hamper your PB potential if you're not used to hill work, though.
The route itself was quite quiet. There were few supporters on the way round - only a couple of farmers and locals and the sound of footsteps for company, but this wasn't a bad thing. It all added to the peaceful surroundings. The crowd support at the finish was terrific.
The route was well-signed and marshalled. My only gripes were that I didn't receive much information in advance about the race. I entered quite late (only a week ago) and only received my race number. I think a couple of sheets about the race and facilities would be helpful, particularly for beginners who don't know what to expect from a race. Also, they'd run out of vests (except small) at the finish, and I finished reasonably early at 46mins. Not to worry though, I'll just have to lose some of the beer gut!
The race represents good value for money with a stunning race HQ for you to unwind in afterwards.
There were lots of non-club runners there and students from the college, which I think makes this a good race for beginners. As I've said before though, some information mailed out with the race number would be helpful.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable day and is on my list for next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: a brilliant run with a friendly and warm atmosphere. will be back next year. In full: i have had a wonderful morning. a few more hills than i thought but a fun challenging run. Very friendly and a good fun run for the children. i will be back next year. Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: am very happy to get a PB in my first race since injury In full: a really good race to do for any ability. Fairly flat with just a few inclines. Nice touch to have distance markers at every half mile. Apparently nice scenery but didnt take much notice of it!!! a few downsides 1. My gps said it was 13.2 miles!!!! 2. toilet Qs were massive, I wouldnt mind paying an extra 50p towards more portaloos 3. Only large T shirts, far too big for anyone other than massive people 4. the wondy bit on the grass at the end was akward and since my gps said it was 13.2, could have been cut out. having said that, really enjoyed it and the niggles are just me being picky Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: More hills than I had initially thought! In full: Worth the trip from London. I enjoyed this race. Feiendly marshalls/spectators all encouraging everyone and keeping the cars at bay! Hillier than expected but got a decent time anyway! Well organised and no hitches. Thanks to all those involved and see you next time - (like my medal too!) Date of review: April 9, 2006