In short: Great views, up and down. In full: This is a good event with a small field. The route is hilly or undulating depending on your view (the uphill between 8k - 9k can be tough). The views around Stowe Gardens, a National Trust site, are terrific and make it worth doing. Thought I had been super quick then realised my watch showed the distance as 9.38k Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: Almost there In full: A nice course, with great views. Only let downs were: 1)Started early, and there was very little warning that it was about to start. 2)Narrow paths in the first 2 - 3 kms. Surely more of this stretch could have been on the adjacent road? Overall, well organised, and gained a PB, so happy with that.. Date of review: October 26, 2006
In short: Good, quite challenging and scenic course, but feels feels short! In full: Did this for the first time on Sunday and enjoyed the course despite more gradients than I expected. Set a PB for the year bettering my previous week's time by over a minute which got me wondering about the length....and I have to say that first/last Km between the town and start of the park did feel short. But sod it - its a PB so I'll take it for now!
I also got caught out at the start and had to run out of the pub to join the back of the group just as the hooter sounded. Not ideal but I would do it again. Date of review: October 24, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the landscaped gardens of Stowe. In full: My own perspective is mostly positive. Nice scenery and a challenging course. I like this race despite some of its problems. I'll be back. Date of review: October 23, 2006
In short: Oh Dear In full: I did this race last year, but I won't come back again. Why?
The main reason is they have committed the cardinal sin. Anyone reading this will be expecting to run (or have ran) a 10K race. Well per my Garmin, the course is short by over 600m. I was well inside a PB time so I should have carried running a bit further.
Of course all this is moot if you weren't on the start line at 9.55. Now I've moaned in the past when the start is delayed on a cold day, but come on! People are often driving quite a way for these things, and the least the organisers can do is wait until 10am before they start it. Good job there wasn't much of a queue in the toilets or I'd have missed the start too.
And what was it with the marshalls? I didn't hear a word of encouragement from one of them all morning.
Finally, there was the Mars Bar at the end. I heard someone describe it as "the most expensive Mars Bar [they'd] ever had". Well said sir.
Well, enough negatives, now for the positives: the scenery was nice. Date of review: October 22, 2006