In short: Well organised, good flat course but with a sting in the tail. In full: Good new course, well marshalled, nice to see 3 water and sponge stations on a warm day. The marshalls could have gone out onto the course before the runners had formed for the start though and saved us all nestling into the bushes to let them past.
Fast start downhill, generally flat but then the sting from 8 miles a long steady incline to about 9.5 miles, but still a good PB potential route in lovely countryside. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great Fun...wonderful scenery In full: Superb weather...wonderful forest scenery...just enough deep mud puddles to make it fun! Not a PB but quite a social crowd taking part. Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: Great surroundings and Legoland was a bonus for my daughters... In full: Couldn't complain about the route apart from that last hill.. Totally enjoyable but I must include a few off road routes in my weekend runs.. Thanks to all involved!! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: fantastic.very good great day out. will not run bristol again. swindon def now gets my vote. far better value for money In full: Goody bag- mars bar,bottled water,a nice t shirt and......... TOOTHPASTE!!!!!???????? Well we runners may stink after the race, but at least we can have cleaming white smiles!!!! Date of review: October 17, 2005
In short: The best HM going? Top course. Superb atmosphere. Despite it's size it works perfectly. Ace for beginners. In full: Twistyness at the start is the only problem, given the number of competitors. This really has it all, though - a marvellous fast course, bags of water/sponges/energy drinks, fabulous spectator support, spot-on organisation and more pubs and restaurants that you can shake a stick at once you've got the medal. Marvellous. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Very well organised, but route not that exciting In full: My second attempt at running this race. I did enjoy it and even set a PB. But its a lot of running on pavements, which makes it quite a crowded race. Pretty much running round suburbia, but it is quite leafy Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely fast riverside course, great T-shirts, what's not to like? In full: Given the choice between being shoehorned into a crowd of half a million at the Nike 10k (held on the same day) or doing the Cabbage Patch (at a third of the price), I think I know which I'd go for. Well organised, lovely course with lots of variation, great marshals, and one of the great race T-shirts waiting at the end. A bit of a sea of red and gold as well, as it's also the Serpentine club championship 10-miler! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely course. Very friendly. Will be back next year. In full: Better than last year in that there was bottled water and the course had lost the bizarre little detour at 10m. Only gripe was that there was no changing area that I could see (there was a tent last year). Some alarming moments when a horse decided to join in - no chip no time, Dobbin. Didn't enjoy being honked to get out of the way at 12m by a comedy chicken on a quad-bike. I really enjoy this event - the countryside, interesting course and slightly low-key atmosphere make it a real pleasure. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great course. But maybe it's getting too big!!! as lanes and paths were crowded and quite dangerous at times!! - but over all brilliant! In full: Beautiful scenery, excellent water stations throughout and great atmosphere. I only wish more of the marshalls were friendly and encouraging - some were totally bored and disinterested. Would have been useful to have water at the finish line too. But despite a few minor gripes I would do the run again and would recommend it to anyone esp first timers!!! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: another pb and a great day what a wonderfull way to finish a marathon infront of a great crowd of people.thanks to all concerned with the running of this great event. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: A nice way to spend your Sunday morning In full: Uphill at the start. A bit more uphill a little later, and some more uphill just when you think it's time to go downhill. Well, it felt like that anyway. The start and finish was the same place and the course was out and back, I must have missed the downhill parts. Don't let that put you off though, in my view the gradients were quite shallow (though briefly with the odd exception).
PB potential limited by the narrow pathways which were quite crowded on the outbound leg. If you're aiming to get a new PB, get to the front for the start.
Scenery at Stowe was rather pleasant, and the surface was a mixture of road, path and track.
The only real disappointment for me was that though for your £10 (on the day) and you get a certificate and a medal, the medal doesn't say what the race was. Hopefully the organisers wil take not and print the race name on the ribbon for next year.
All in all, I'm pleased I entered this one, and I plan to be there next year too. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation, great atmoshere, the best Great Run for me! In full: I decided to run all of the BUPA great runs and this is my 4th event. It was definitely the best, begin enough for a really good atmosphere but not too big (like the GNR), very flat and fast. The wave start worked perfectly and there was hardly a walker in the first wave (thanks guys!). All in all a great 10 miler, thoroughly recommended to experienced and beginners Date of review: October 16, 2005