In short: Country Lanes. Lots of long slow gradients. Excellent organisation. In full: This race is like the drawings that show 4 sets of stairs, all connected, and they go continuously up. With a start and finish in the same place and most of the race climbing there had to be some downhill somewhere, only there wasn't (ok, logically there must have been but you get my point). Can't help feeling it might be better run the other way about ? Not hilly, but lots of mile long straight bits that are just enough uphill to make you push and leave you believing there is a down soon, which there never is. Excellent organisation and a grand finish. Plenty of well placed water and excellent marshalling. Date of review: August 14, 2005
In short: I couldn't have run up that hill a third time ! In full: First crack at a 5K and found it enjoyable. Definately more 'elite' runners than other races I've been in and my position down the field confirmed that. Date of review: August 14, 2005
In short: My first experience of a 10k and of a "proper" race for that matter so difficult to compare. My only real disappointment was not getting a medal at the end as they'd run out. Date of review: August 14, 2005
In short: Nice and scenic In full: Having driven from Southampton to do the race i was very pleased with such lovely views on the route and a challenging route aswell. I would liuke to say thank you to the Marshalls for their encouragement. Was a bit dissapointed that there were no medals for all, as for me its a challenge to run 10k and to prove it to friends is all part of it, overall a very good run. Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: Used to be a fun run In full: 1st time in St Levans and had the opportunity to run this race as part of their fantastic sports week. I've been told it used to be a local fun run, but with all the club runners vastly outnumbering the local runners it certainly isn't and I think it spoils the race especially for the locals. As it's always meant to be a local fun run, they can be forgiven if the organisation isn't what you expect on a club night. Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: This race is like my wife. Lovely to look at but very very difficult. In full: The West Down Scenic 10K is a lovely race to run and one I would recommend to anyone. Anyone mental enough to tackle improbably long and steep hills on a hot Sunday afternoon that is. The race is part of a village fete and the whole event has a wonderful atmosphere - well marshalled and with well placed water stops. Everyone was friendly and runners are made to feel most welcome.
The race itself is a bit of a grueller and it's the first time I've ever had to walk sections of a 10K race. I felt in good shape before the race and secretely fancied myself for a PB before I saw the course. That I finished 4 mins outside my PB time probably tells its own story.
If I'm on holiday there next year I'll definitely enter again though just because it was such a friendly environment. Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: This was a good intro to a 10k, although as mentioned previously the organization could have been better. In full: This was a good first attempt at a 10k for me, and I found the route to be very pleasant. The start was a real mess as I was still making my way back to get behind the start line as they started the race. I was at the back at the end of the race and they had run out of medals, but a very nice chap from the Sparkhill Harriers gave me his - he won a trophy so I didn't feel too guilty! As I am a local I would run this again. Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: Great views and traffic-free In full: This was my first 5K and I felt quite comfortable with the field, which was a mixture of both club and unaffiliated runners. The grounds provide a pleasant backdrop without having to worry about traffic. Downhill on the way out, and the course is reversed on the way back, with a final lap of the manor house. Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: Hot and hard! In full: The description "hilly" doesn't really do it justice. The hill at around the 0.5-1.5 mile point is a 200+ ft climb. At around the 7 mile point there is a descent of about the same, but with a shallower gradient. Mix this up with the heat (29 degrees) and you have one hard race. The support of locals with their hosepipes makes the atmosphere great. In summary, if you're looking for a PB you might want to look elsewhere, but if you want a challenge, this could be for you! Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: Nice course, but organisation could have been better at the start. In full: It was my first 10K, and I managed a pretty creditable time, so I can't be disappointed on that score. I do echo the sentiments of Running Rabbit though - the organisation at the start could have been better, as the kids were mixed in with the grown ups and the starting hooter sounded while we were still being urged to move back to the official start line. Unlike RR, I managed to snag a medal as I finished with the first half of the pack. I'll be back again as it's a local event for me (I only live 5 miles up the road), but I do hope that the organisation is a bit better next time. Having said that, the race has been going for over 10 years, so you'd think they'd have it down to a fine art by now! Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: very scenic and friendly In full: The race was well organised, friendly, very scenic. The marshalls were extremely encouraging and you were given socks at the finish which saved me buying some. Oh and there appeared to be cake too. Perfection. Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: A few hills that were at least challenging but a well marshalled race with a t-shirt for once that i might actually wear In full: Great organisation with incredibly supportive marshalls. Congrats to all involved!! I have to say i didn't like the idea of knowing the hill that was to come on the second lap but nice to run a traffic free course. Anyway i can't complain at the hills as i still managed a PB. Chocolate, SIS drink and they were right when they said a QUALITY t-shirt. Excellent friday night... Date of review: August 13, 2005
In short: Looks like it's going to take several years before I conquer this one. Very tough but enjoyable in a masochistic sort of way. Could the 4-3-2-1 miles-to-go markers be put closer together please? Date of review: August 12, 2005