In short: A really good local road race. In full: Where else can you get to run on a certified 10K course with smooth organisation for under a tenner. The medal was erm' a waste (I was more than happy with the water and banana). One minor gripe was that it seemed to take a very long time to produce any results and I had to leave before the presentation commenced, although I had not won anything my club-mates had and would liked to have supported them, but most of them had left also. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Good race, killer inclines! In full: A great event which made everyone feel welcome! Killer hills in the first 2k but otherwise a good fun race on an all-tarmac course. Oh and nice medal too! Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Very friendly and rewarding - watch the hilly first half... In full: This was my comeback race after 6 months out with an achillies injury. I found out a day before the race that this was in fact a rather hilly race for the first half, so was mildly worried.
However, the first half is a little hilly, not too much mind, with the 2nd half flat, so I could start to open up a bit.
The scenery in the first half of the race was quite impressing, looking across the rolling Wiltshire hills on a temperate spring day. A few people have said they didn't find the last 1k through the housing estate very nice, but I thought it was ok actually. We went round quite a nice old manor type building, and past a few houses, but it was all pleasant enough. A few of the locals clapped and shouted encouragement which really helped.
Good to see a healthy crowd of spectators at the finishing straight - I gave them a sprint finish even though I had a stitch (totally nailed the last 2k) and got a great round of applause and cheering! Those moments alone are worth the entrace fee.
Well done to the organisers - military precision. Baggage, changing, everything - all totally on the ball. The road marshalls were excellent, stopping traffic to let us all through. The motorists were patient too - perfect.
Oh and great medal too. Nice and shiny!
My only negative comment is that I had to pay Â£1 for a cup of tea (that's a tea bag and some hot water in a cup btw) , whereas at smaller scale CC races at Marshfield, and Horton, the tea was not even half that amount. Well, there is a recession on you know... ;)
I would definitely give this another go. The winner managed an insane 31m. I was happy with my 48m! Date of review: March 29, 2010