In short: cold and mildly challenging In full: Did not enjoy standing around in the freezing cold for an extra 20 mins due to the start being put back, the course start was narrow and mildy challenging mainly due to the cold wind factor. Medal of Olympic proportions. Was expecting to see Deer and wildlife on the course, but the wildest thing I saw was one female runners running action, her arms were flapping so much, I thought she was trying to take off. Will prob run again, be more enjoyable on a less cold, and bitter day. Ledft early, so did`nt encounter any car parking problems. Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: A good race In full: Aprt from the mile markers disappearing ( I thought from around 9 miles onwards not 11) it was a great race. A little bit elite. Whereas in the Great South Run a 10min per mile pace will end you up half way at the end, I was firmly one of the stragglers this time.
Also it would have been better to have done the hilly bit first but I undertand that would have been impracticle. Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: God it was cold in the car park! BUT great race, well organised, friendly and spectator friendly due to the village laps. Quick and traffic free, recommended. In full: One small criticism, a friend running towards the back of the field would have loved the road to be actually closed for the full hour, lets give all runners an equal chance! Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: Cold and more hilly than expected, but great fun In full: I'm not too sure about the accuracy of the km markers....45secs up on PB split over the 1st km, 1min down by the 4th, but a new PB by 1min over the full 10k? But fantastic scenery and great organisation. Can someone turn up the heating next year though? Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: Well organised, calm but friendly atmosphere. Quiet roads and lots of runners! In full: This was my 4th time at this race and achieved a pb (personal time just under 2.55). Reading Roadrunners have succeeded in providing an excellent course along quiet lanes - except for one "main road" (my definition of main road living in london is different!!). The start is a little bit congested but within 1/4 mile no problem. easy going informative pre-race commentary, reasonably quick toilet queues, plenty of warm changing space on a cold day. Well managed car parks add to the easiness of the day. Water stations no more than 3 miles apart and energy drinks 3 times on the course. Relaxed but friendly finish area and then well organised baggage storage.
The piece de resistance is the tea stall with REAL homemade cakes and sandwiches afterwards for very reasonable prices.
Goody bag reasonable, the 'gift' is different every year and usually novel (eg shoe bag, pen etc)
If you want a long distance race or a long training run, try this race Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: Excellent Event In full: Very well organised. Use of the primary school for changing etc very handy as everything in one place. Plenty of loos. Marshalls very encouraging even though they must have been frozen (especially on the 2nd lap). Pretty course too. Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: A great opportunity to run in beautiful surroundings In full: I forgive the organisers for the delayed start, however painful the biting cold might have been, it was only fair to wait for those stuck in the traffic. However I agree the start line could have been better marked. Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: An excellent day out. In full: A wonderful race around Woburn safari park. A new PB over a great course. Worth it just for the freedom for me as a runner to go round the Safari Park afterwards (and my non-running girlfriend just for £2). Only negatives = Parking lead to a bit of a rush (but they delayed the start 20 mins) & the cold weather! Date of review: February 21, 2005
In short: freezing cold and fairly strong winds but worth turning up for. In full: Very well organised, good turnout despite the weather. Mostly traffic free but there were a few thoughtless/selfish drivers about. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: The scenery is outstanding, countryside and reservoirs. In full: Very undulating, with 2 exceptionally challenging hills. Support brilliant. A real hero's race. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: Proud to be a Tammie today. In full: To organise a 10K race in Tamworth, which is traffic free, and which can start and finish in our lovely Castle grounds, then the housing estates are the only option. If you want scenic go somewhere else, if you want a well organised friendly run then come back. The comment regarding the medal was totally uncalled for, its far better than the usual tat or Xmas puddings you usually get. Well done to the organisers, as a Tammie I am proud of the fine way this great race was organised. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: First 10K for me and I loved it. Setting fabulous, parking abit of a problem but didn't take away from the fab day out for runners and family. thanks to all involved. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: A good challenge ruined by some unrunnable sections In full: Probably worth doing if you can avoid the mudbaths of the second half. But if you want to run 19.5m then choose a different race. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: I found it tough - and I missed all the scenery! In full: Spent too much time thinking about the ups and downs that I forgot to enjoy the race! My own lack of preparation meant I found it tougher than I would have liked. It was a long way from home (combined trip to visit relatives!) so don't think I will be making the effort again. Date of review: February 20, 2005
In short: Yet again another superbly run event, very pro, enthusiastic and supportive marshalls and officials. Much preferred this years course over last years. Kids loved the Safari park afterwards!! Congrats and thanks to Mike and your team In full: Yet again another superbly run event, very pro, enthusiastic and supportive marshalls and officials. Much preferred this years course over last years. Kids loved the Safari park afterwards!! Congrats and thanks to Mike and your team see you again later in the year for the Rhino...