In short: Great atmosphere In full: From the time we arrived and were offered tea/coffee and biscuits to the time we left when we were served BBQ and everything inbetween it was obvious that this event was well thought out and the runners were very well looked after. Despite getting lost and running nearer 31 miles than 26.2 miles I enjoyed every minute of it and really liked the challenge of a complete self-navigated race. There was a very friendly atmosphere and although it was wet at times everyone seemed to be running with a smile. This is an event I would like to do again. Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: Lovely event In full: Superb race - everybody very friendly. Can't recommend highly enough - well done to everyone at Fairlands Valley. Hope to see you ext year! Date of review: July 28, 2009
In short: Great off-road challenge with friendly marshalls and runners. In full: Thanks FVS - another fantastic challenge. Some hills (one very muddy), written instructions and a couple of torrential downpours just added to the fun. Marshalls at feeding stations were great - the temptation was to linger too long! Tough but enjoyable - looking forward to next year. Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: Great Race In full: There is are so many good things to say about this race I don't know where to start. If you fancy something different do it and you will find out for yourself. Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: a great route and excellent company In full: a great race for a first timer, like me. Enjoyed the route just make sure you stick to a local who roughly knows the way, easy to get lost but thats all in the fun Date of review: July 24, 2009
In short: Great fun, would do again In full: Really enjoyable day out for runners and walkers alike. There would be no way a personal best could be achieved because after 5 miles runners need to check their maps frequently to make sure they are going the right way. This though, made everyone relax and enjoy the run and the views. Will sign up again next year and thanks for the free burger and tea! Date of review: July 22, 2009
In short: Ran the 12 mile option, stepping up from 10ks for the first time. Enjoyed the challenge of following instructions. A very friendly, well-run event that I'd definitely do again (perhaps the 18 miles next time!) Date of review: July 22, 2009
In short: Instruction reading rather than clock-watching. In full: If you enjoy the great outdoors, and the extra spice of following detailed and well-written route instructions rather than a marked route - then this event is for you.
Although on Stevenage's doorstep, a surprisingly rural route - mainly on footpaths, bridleways and across fields, with minimal road.
My navigation skills are patchy (that's being kind), but I really enjoyed the additional challenge of following the written instructions - you did have to concentrate on the details and avoid the temptation of simply following runners in front - with the choice of 12 / 18/ 26.2 miles, this allowed a good number of runners and walkers to test themselves, and I would say ideal for beginners as well as the seasoned competitor.
The checkpoints were staffed with friendly helpers and well-stocked with drinks, biscuits, sweets, and the famed bread pudding. The post-race barbeque was going strong and treated the runners with great grub as part of the entry fee.
Medal and certificate made this event brilliant value. I'll be back next year.