In short: Nice route and good organisation In full: Snowfall throughout the race added to the six inches already settled, but it wasn't too cold, and made for a beautifully picturesque run.
Only those who arrived early, were able to use the on-site car park (which costs £2.50). Others were forced to use the nearby Tescos, because of the snowy conditions. We were pushed into our parking spot by a marshall!
Over 400 runners were involved over the three distances (5/10/15km) which started simultaneously. The 10km race was the popular choice, with over half of the competitors doing this two-lap event.
The route was very well signposted, and well marshalled. There was a small crowd in support around the lap / finish area, and a good commentator on the home straight. The occasional dog-walker could be seen around the route.
A nice medal was given to all finishers, but there was no goody-bag. Possibly due to the absence of the energy-drink sponsor, who were not able to make it to the event due to the weather conditions.
This was Round 1 of a three round fortnightly event. Whilst there was a great atmosphere amongst the runners, there were understandably too few spectators willing to stick around until all the runners had come in.
Overall, a nice event, but to get an above-average score from me (a first-timer at this one), it would have needed a goody bag, more support, and free parking (or cheaper entry-fee).
Thank-you to the marshals who did a good job! Date of review: January 21, 2013
In short: Despite the snow i got a PB In full: Did this last year, and completed two rounds this year and even though we had snow to deal with I got a new 15k PB by over two minutes over round 1 so i am very pleased. The marshalls where lovely and helpful. I would like to see km markers as I do get confused around the finish and lap 2 n 3 never knowing where I am so i can pace myself. Really enjoyed both races this year cant do third tho Date of review: February 5, 2012
In full: First time to this race and multi terrain so was alittle apprehensive. Did the 10K and I gotta say I really enjoyed it and my first at under the hour so well pleased. It was a very cold day and the course is undulating but a lovely country park and rather scenic. I am defo up for the next 2 rounds and also investing in some trail shoes, I could have done with more grip at times and I heard a few people went over on the icy corners. Organisation was ok, the start is just a free for all and go when you hear go. Could have done with more than a medal but never mind and also £2.50 to park is way to steep. All the marshals were great especially the black guy he was awesome, he was constantly shouting praise at everyone and how well we were doing. I hope you are there for the next two you made my day, thats if you have your voice back :-) Date of review: January 19, 2012
In short: nice place, friendly atmosphere In full: I agree beginners shouldn't be put off. It took me 50 mins just to do the 5K and lots of runners gave me encouragement as they sped past! Date of review: February 6, 2011