In short: Great first 10k In full: First 10k, so opted for a local race that friends had already competed in and I knew what to expect.
Can only echo what others have already said about the event - positives: the scenery was lovely (but I knew that!), great support from people along the route, the scouts at the water station were great (apologies those that got wet, not having perfected running and grabbing cups!), the marshalls were great and the cakes were well beyond the standard of even a fantastic tea shop - best ever!!
Negatives? The start was a bit chaotic (all of a sudden people were running) and it wasn't clear where the finish "line" was, so many of us raced to the end of the chute, about 20m beyond the line itself.
In short: A good test In full: This is a very enjoyable one lap 10k that can be testing at times, especially the hill in the last 1k. But it is a very pleasant run the North Bucks that can generally be described as mildly undulating. Plenty of friendly marshalls and excellent cakes galore at the finish. I would agree with the small gripes raised so far. The start needs organising better. My garmin was 6 seconds out from the official time, that was how long it took to realise the race had started...and the finsh line needs marking. But these are small issues for what is a very good run and well worth doing. Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: Relaxed, friendly, nice In full: It felt more uphill than downhill but I know that can't be true. Pleasant scenery throughout and the weather was perfect. Well organised and well marshalled. I was on target for the time I set myself but the last hill scuppered my chances. I bought two slices of cakes - really nice. Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: Decent 10k course with friendly marshalls and THE BEST finish line cakes. In full: This was my second time in 5yrs and I would recommend it for both new runners and those more experienced. Plenty of hills to keep the interest up. The marshalls were very encouraging and the cakes at the finish were the best - you should add this to your t-shirts! Can I make 2 requests: get a hooter for the start as further down the field we didn't hear the start of the race and it spread like a rumour and can you spray paint the finish line - I didn't know when I had finished and ran into the chute. The marshall on the finish line didn't seem to know it was confusing. These were just minor points for an overall, really friendly race. I'll be back again to run those hills. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Top race to push yourself In full: Excellent race countryside scenery! Start up a hill finish up a long hill with good gradient.this good race pushes you all the way two downhill slopes the rest is a sly uphill gradient,the loop takes you out of Winslow and back through lovely countryside nice job thanks. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Well organised rural 10K In full: A good early season 10K, with enough undulations/hills to provide a test of fitness. The race was very well organised, with plenty of marshals. The rural course was generally traffic free. Preferred this year's start on Furze Lane, to running around the field last year. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: overall a good race In full: friendly marshals, disappointed that they didn't do t-shirts for the larger person had to settle for a large at the end. However the race itself was well organised. Would run again. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: Hilly side of undulating. In full: Described as undulating, but I would describe this is on the hilly side. Well organised, with lots of friendly marshals. The route isn't traffic free, but the marshals let you know when traffic is approaching, so I wouldn't recommend wearing a ipod. Nice atmosphere too. There's a steady climb from around 2k to 5k, with a fast down-hill at 7k and a killer hill at the end. Despite the climbs, I managed a PB. Date of review: February 27, 2011