In short: Not bad despite the hill In full: My first time here and only 2nd race of this distance. First 4 miles I ran PB times with gentle rolling ups & downs. The last hill was steep, but so near the end that if you can get your head on straight, you can manage it ok. But then I do come from the Cotswolds and have a 200 foot climb to get anywhere :-)
Plenty of clapping & cheering from matshalls and locals. Nice race.
In short: Great 5 Mile route, perfect weather conditions In full: Again well organised race with none of the usual problems. Nice touch was the free massage before and after the race thank you ! Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: 3rd year in row & I'll be back for the 4th :-) In full: Very enjoyable event despite 'the hill', it somehow suprised me yet again this year... When will I learn to save something for the hill?
In short: Good local race In full: One of my favourite local races. Nice friendly crowd, and good to see so many familiar faces. Managed to beat last year's time, so happy with that. And a t-shirt to wear at the gym later!
All in all I struggle to understand why more runners don't do these kind of events. Yes you have to pay a few quid, but it's a day out as much as anything. Having my photo taken with other members of the Swindon Harriers for Swindon web made the day for me.
I'd also like to say thank you to the marshall who checked I was ok at the end - I was fine, just exhausted after staggering up that hill!
In short: Well organised, friendly, but that hill doesn't get any easier In full: This is where I live, so I can roll out of bed late and jog up to the start line. It always has a friendly buzz about it and there are plenty of cheerful marshalls all around the course. First four miles are great, but I echo others' comments about the final climb that starts again just when you think you've cracked it. I run this section a lot in training, and it never seems to get any easier! All in all, I really like this race and I think I would travel a lot more than 0.5M to get to the start, if I had to. Date of review: April 21, 2008