In short: Tough hills, nice scenery, shoddy start In full: With a few minutes to go there were hundreds of people walking where we were about to run. I didn't hear any announcements and we were crammed into pens near the start freezing. Luckily it going soon, with no further announcement. My wife and son did the fun run and just went when people started running near them, as there were no instructions. They then got stuck behind all of the 10k walkers on the hill. Not sure why the fun run started at the same time!
It was annoying to come back and find my bag covered in mud, a sheet would not have gone amiss to put bags on.
Other than this it was a nice race through nice scenery. Very tough hills, but a good route through the countryside. Barely saw a marshall, but the route was simple and traffic free. Nice medal. Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Great race but not for the feint hearted In full: Different route this year. Think it was tougher as more hills but they were long rather than short and sharp. Actually preferred today's route. Rain held off to make perfect conditions. Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Tough Hills at a Tough Time of the Year In full: Ran this race twice now. Main point is the two hills you have to climb are steep, and the hardest you need to climb twice. First circuit the announcer introduces you as you cross the finish line for the first time. Lack of Portaloos this time. Best race photographers I've ever seen, their photos are sharp, colourful and clear, despite it being a dark time of the year. Great medal, excellent goody bag. One fault, it takes place in February, and if you can't get there due to snow, there's no refund for you! Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Nice course, challenging hills, great medal In full: Second time running the Longleat 10km, thoroughly enjoyed it - especially after the snow and ice last year! Three challenging hills but still a great course.
Organisation has definitely improved from last year. Communication from 2:09 pre-event was very good, easy to find information tent this year and good to see that Longleat have embraced the race and opened up the restaurant and toilet facilities this year. Gives spectators something to do during the run and better to get a snack afterwards than a greasy burger van.
Love the lion medal at the end! I'll be back next year Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: very proud to have completed this race! In full: I seem to find myself entering races and then as it approaches I am filled with fear!!! Today was no different but how proud do I feel tonight with my lovely Lions Head Medal in my hand!!! This is a tough course for a part time runner like me, I am much more comfortable in my regular exercise classes or cycling!!! I tackled all 3 hills admirably and surprisingly it was the down hill that caused me a knee injury that reached a painful climax between 8-9km resulting in a very slow end to an otherwise great run! I truely believe that 50% is believing you can do it and the rest is fitness and I proved this today. Would recommend this run as worth the challenge and you will have a great feeling when you cross the finish, beautiful scenery too! Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Challenging but not impossible. In full: Great race well organised, only complaint was people walking 3 abreast on a narrow road up the first hill after 1k. Why do these people start near the front?? Date of review: February 3, 2013