In short: Leading the 20K race I was wrongly directed to the 30K course which once it left the joint marathoon course, it was VERY POORLY marked. Got lost again, as I was leading, waited for some other people to arrive, alll got lost. Eventually we got there Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable day out, great scenery, organisation, value for money. Not a fast one though . In full: Overall very enjoyable (I did the marathon).
Best bits - the yew tree forest with the blue string, going through Clarendon estate, Longford Castle, the Cathedral at the end, great organisation for an event like this - with all the different distances on offer, low-key start and finish, friendly checkpoints with jelly babies.
Bits that could be improved - a few mile markers would be nice - or indicate the checkpoints, with their distances on the map, a bit less road.
I found the route very well marked and didn't need the map or instructions at all. The last bit from Wilton to the Cathedral seemed to go on forever on the road and passed the houses - a mile marker round there would've been nice. Not an easy one, but very enjoyable. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Brilliant, great organisation, glorious course. In full: Well done to the marshalls, the organisers, the drink station motivators, the jaffa cakes and the fruit cake. Wow what a day.
Only one grumble at 12 miles at the end of the big field a huge group of us had absolutely no idea where to go. Had a sign been removed as the correct exit would of been easy to see with just one more huge arrow and can't believe it was not sign posted. Easy to get lost just after as well as the signs dried up in the last third of this otherwise great race.
Definately a race for road shoes if dry, as it was. Loved the course and met so many nice people.
Despite a few grumbles on the forum (as there is nothing worse than getting lost even though few people would of been turning up for a PB), the organisation in the main was excellent. WELL DONE TO ALL. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: well organised and affordable 42K In full: Great race but maps didn't show check points and a few more direction arrows would have been good. It's a great day out with lots of support all the way round - nice cake too! Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Multi--terrain training run for those looking for the milage with excelllent support rt In full: This was definitely a multi-terrain race (not trail -sorry) but never the less, a great event. The organisation was fab with lots of support through water stations/marshals along the way. The distance measurement was a bit shaky as turned out to be 27.8 miles instead of 26.2!!! We enjoyed it and are pleased to have finished in one piece, but would advise road trainers (if dry/sunny) as almost half of the run was on tarmac/tough surfaces and not good pounding on that with off road shoes. The scenery when in the countryside beautiful and lovely views, but prepare yourselves for lots of running through suburbs at the end of the route with a warm greeting when you finish. There is no 1,2,3 or team prizes but the FB have organised a great event here and I would recommend it for sure. We runners are fickle creatures and this is actually a walkers event that we are gate crashing, so all considering WELL DONE and THANK YOU for allowing us runners to take part. (Also perhaps for next year a few mile markers and more arrows pointing us in the right direction, but we loved the endless jelly babies!) Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: Slightly different route from last year. But a well organised race In full: I loved it. I was dreading it because I got a tad lost last year. But it was well signed and I got round without any reference to a map. The sweeties on route was top. Jaffa cakes at one stage followed by Bread pudding!!!!! Life just doesn't get any better. On the whole an excellent race. Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: Ist 13 Miles are good but last halkf is terribly boring In full: Iyt started off so well...going through the country estates and occasional field until that ridiculous field going on for over 3 miles. A strange ending with runners having to squeeze through pedestrians in the town centre. This is definitely not a fast race...I turned upo expecting 3:30 but came away with 4:10 after getting lost three times. Th erace desperately needs distance markers and regular drink sations. Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: Scenic wakeup call In full: Lovely scenery and a huge choice of distances to run or walk. A couple of problems with navigation around the 12 mile mark, which could have easily been solved by an arrow. Other than that a good event and excellent training run for upcoming marathons. Date of review: August 12, 2007