In short: Superb offroad event through the attractive S.Beds/Herts countryside. One to be added as a permanent fixture to the racing calendar! In full: A welcomed addition to the racing calendar, and great preparation for an autumn marathon. Well organised race, well stocked feed stations, marked out course for us with no sense of direction, idyillic scenery, a few testing hills to shake things up, a personalised certificate (nice change from a t-shirt), and great post race grub included. Thanks to Dunstable Road Runners and all the volunteers for staging such a great event, and I look forward to returning for an improved time next year! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A good race for all levels of runner or walker. In full: GOOD POINTS: 6k and 10k runs, and 3k walk Nice course (especially with the off road running) Excellent medal (one of the best this year) Excellent goodie bag (banana, pop, water, orange, mars, choccie biscuit bar, pen, flyers and more) Good PA (not irritating and actually rather helpful) Good for all levels of runner and walker
BAD POINTS: Traffic on roads (with the occasional driver advertising their cretinous idiocy with their horn) Few toilets Parking was pram unfriendly But the worst issue for me was having to stop right at the finish line after sprinting half a mile so that my number could be taken down (please improve on this as stopping so suddenly after running so hard is quite dangerous especially if someone behind you is sprints right into the back of you).
OVERALL: Excellent race, would do it again. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: There cannot be a more beautiful trail to run, and the long rolling down is well worth the initial climb. In full: The medal I could manage without - bring back the stew! - but the race was great. You can't beat that scenery, and the course was very well chosen, with a sustained but runnable climb at the start followed by a long rolling descent to the lakeside and a flat final third. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: An enjoyabale and well organised run. Nice touch that Bradley Walsh started the race. In full: Given that this was the first running of the event, I thought it was a very enjoyable race. There were some minor problems, but not showstoppers. The race numbers were unusually large and, if it had rained, the fact that they were made of stiff paper meant that they would've disintegrated before the end. It's a shame that the land is private and it can't be used for training runs; I'd love to go back. All in all, it was well organized and marshalled by the local Rotary Club. I do hope they run it again next year. Nice T-shirt too. And when did you last get a drinks station on a 5 miler? Date of review: September 18, 2005
In short: Tough race in hot weather In full: This was a difficult race under any conditions. However, there are some elements that need to be sorted out. While there were plenty of drinks stations, two of these were undermanned meaning that runners had to queue up. Secondly, this is not a traffic-free course and cars weaving through runners made some sections very dangerous. Also, lots of people crossing the course near the finish meant that it was necessary to take avoiding action. Date of review: September 18, 2005