In short: Better than expected In full: Previous reports billed this as not being proper distance, so I was pleasantly surprised to find they had done some work measuring the course.
Think it might have been a smidge long (10.11 km according to two separate Garmins) but that could just be down to veering all over the place to avoid some loose ground (gravel/mud)
Very nice scenery on a crisp (cold) but sunny morning. Marshals out on the course were fairly quiet (they mostly looked a bit sheepish!) - water station at 2.5km and 7.5km with more enthusiastic children, they did a great job.
Slightly hilly overall, but nothing major.
Oddity with the prizes, first three females were all vets. They gave the first one home the prize for being first female vet, and then passed the prize for first female overall to the lady who finished as fourth female.
Not a big deal really, just a bit of a headscratcher - the people organising the race were all so nice that it seemed churlish to mention it. But it did seem...well...bonkers.
Nice atmosphere overall, with the emphasis on it being a fun run - far less club vests than you see at an average 10k race Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: What better way to spend a Sunday morning! In full: Fantastic route through glorious autumn scenery. Route revisions this year gave us a full 10k - well done organisers! Easy to park, friendly atmosphere beforehand, finish at a pub for post-race pint. Perfect! See you next year! Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Much Hillier than expected In full: Nice 10K out of Buckingham and round Stowe School and Lakes. Much hillier than told/expected but a good challenge and enjoyed it. Probably be back next year Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Small but perfectly formed In full: What a glorious day for a run and what a great course! Undulating but no big hills, little bit of cross country mud to liven things up a bit but mostly sandy track or tarmac path so very quick. Was promised a PB by last years racers and was not disappointed! Great race, will be back next year Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: Great to run through the Stowe grounds again, shame about the cost & distance In full: This could be a really good event if the organisers decide to do it properly. The circuit through the Stowe grounds is beautiful and a trip down memory lane to my X-Country days. The main criticism is the £15 on the day entry fee for what is, as the name suggests, basically a fun run. The lack of stewards on the course (the leaders went the wrong way at one point!) and even a Mars bar at the end left me slightly short-changed although unless more people support the event the money has to come from somewhere. The unknown distance is irritating, especially when you feel you've run well, and it is surely not too difficult to measure the actual distance or to extend it to 10km. As others have said, the opening couple of "kms" are very tight and the race would need to move on to the main part of Stowe Ave if it ever got bigger. It was nice however to take part in a race devoid of elite runners allowing us mere mortals to challenge the leaders and I'm sure I will be back next year. Date of review: October 21, 2009
In short: Local and Lovely In full: Another cold Buckingham Fun Run but still, it's a good race. The 'short' 10k is still a disappointment though, as was the, very high on the day, entry fee. Should be better advertised to make it a bigger race, though the first part of Stowe Avenue would necessarily become too congested. Would have been good to have had more supporters on the route though. Still smiling at the end so see you next year! Date of review: October 18, 2009