In short: Fair course for the Chilterms and very beautiful In full: Well, I did like it, as promised by the publicity. It's a challenge in that the ups and downs and tracks and paths mean that you cannot run your quickest but it's not that difficult a run. It seemed to be well-organised, and well attended by the locals as if the village regards it as a village event. The prizes were awarded by the local lord which gave it a little kudos. I will be back, but why is it on the same day as the Wargrave 10k, another secnic run and only about 12 miles away? Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: A great run in the sun In full: Third year of doing this one, and great weather, scenery and organisation makes this one of the top 10k's for me. Thanks to everyone who helps to oragnise and marshall. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: fun in the sun In full: Post run ice cream via 606 SQN was very good, whole event well organised, I was slower than last year, but It's not a pb course for me. scenery is good. Like the Red Kites circling to spot lunch, as it runs below them.... Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: I liked this one last year so came back again (and it wasn't just for the cakes!). In full: Don't expect a PB (although I got one, which isn't saying much!) as you get bottle necked on single tracks some of the way. I found it quite difficult but there's some great scenery. It's not as difficult as it's neighbour - the Watlington 10K, as that has two very nasty hills (for me anyway). It's a good mix of racers and clubs and a child friendly place as there's a big grass common and a play area - this is important for me as I don't feel so bad dragging my wife and children along! There's also a great home made cake and tea stall at the finish! All in all it's a beautiful setting. I'm a bit limited to getting time to do my races so try to do new ones, but I liked this one so came back and will do so again. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: Excellent 10k in great surroundings In full: Excellent 10k in great surroundings, good mix of club runners and recreational runners, reasonably challenging no large hills but long steady climbs (especially the first one from around 1km to 2km) well organised with a good friendly atmosphere. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: Lovely summer 10k - but watch out for the hills! In full: First time at this event and really enjoyed it.
Weather came out great after a miserable, grey start so pretty much everyone ran in shades ^_^
A very friendly, atmospheric 'villagey' type race - plenty of room before to stretch out. Not many toilets and a huuuuge queue beforehand but that's always the way isn't it?
Route was great - challenging, two steepish hills (could have been worse but still enough to slow you down) and the rest through pretty woodlands. Two big fields stood out - one with lavendar, the other filled with poppies, really uplifting :)
iPod-friendly - lots of runners using them since it was mainly off-road/multi-terrain.
home in 45.26 so managed 7.3 m/m which i don't think is too bad considering the course and the fact it was pretty sunny too!
road shoes were fine - worn my lunarglides and didn't come unstuck though i think had it been wet, the course would have got muddy and i wouldn't have felt confident running at speed.
nice home stretch on grass and plenty of water/medals to go round.
has made me want to get more into multi-terrain running.
In short: Great race with fantastic variety of scenes and surfaces In full: Love this race! Road, woodland trail, fields, tracks. Great scenery. Cakes and teas available throughout. Predicted rain may have put a few off but it was negligable on the day. Plenty of space to shelter before and after. Plenty of water stations too. Date of review: July 31, 2009
In short: Great course with challenging undulations and great scenery In full: Haven't done this race before, but had heard good things. Also heard some bad things about parking from last year, but the organisers did a brilliant job and appeared to have listened and acted on the feedback they were given. Organisation was like clockwork, well signed and marshalled throughout. No goody bag, but I'd rather have the medal as a memento - so no problem! Not likely to be a PB, but not as scary as I had been led to believe, some climbs but you get the reward of great views and downhill sections. Hvae already put next years race in the diary and't wait to do it all again! Date of review: June 8, 2009
In short: An excellent multi-terrain course In full: I last did this race in 2006 and things are much improved. It was great then but is better now. Thanks to the organisers and marshalls for a great race. Date of review: June 8, 2009