In short: I do this every year.support through cockpole green was great , with the local residents supplying extra water stations and garden hoses which was most welcome on warm runs. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Warm day but a very friendly and extremely well-organised race. In full: This was the first time that I'd done this race and I much enjoyed the experience. Lovely atmosphere out on the course, families and pubs had set up impromptu drinks stations and there was even an optional shower en route. Lovely, picturesque, scenary but I was a little too busy to take it all in at the time. Running the race in conjunction with the Berkshire 10k Championships ensured a competitive field at the front but nonetheless this was suitable for all abilities including a remarkable 81 year old gentleman who beat his time of last year by two minutes. That aside, with the undulating course (nothing remotely severe though) and the hot weather this is unlikely to be a race for setting a pb. I'll definitely be booking my spot for next year all the same. Thanks to all the organisers: a great event.
P.S. For those with young children it's also useful to know that there's a play park near the start to keep the youngsters occupied. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: A well organised and friendly race In full: This was my first visit but will definitely be back. The extra water and 'hosepipe showers' were very welcoming. Thanks to the organisers, marshalls and water station volunteers. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Great race In full: First time for this one, and first race after a warm London Marathon, so I was a little nervous about the heat. Ended up doing a PB on a nice course with some challenging inclines (not really hills). Great organisation and atmosphere - a bit like a summer fete. Thanks to all the locals who were handing out water, very appreciated. Look forward to next year. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: A nice race, spoilt by the lack of consideration for ladies! In full: The race is well organised and the route though challenging is along quiet country lanes with the locals getting involved along the way handing out much appreciated water and providing impromptu showers with their hosepipes, all making for a fairly enjoyable race.
Unfortunately, all this was ruined by the changing facilities made available to the women competitors at the end of the race. There were only showers for the men which, though unfortuate for us women, we would have accepted if the ladies changing area hadn't also been used as the baggage area for all.
We found men wandering in to collect their bags whilst the women were in various states of undress leaving us women feeling irrate and down right uncared for.
Ladies, only do this if you're not shy and retiring and are happy to flash at male competitors!