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
In short: A great run in the country, well organised and an interesting course. In full: Well done to the organisers - an improvement on the car parking from last year. Well organised and I enjoyed the course which has good mix of trails, tracks and road. Date of review: June 7, 2009
In short: Scenic, hilly and thankfully dry (barring the odd puddle) In full: Mostly off-road with some ups and downs, the race was quicker than I had expected. The chip timing was a bonus -- results were printed and pinned to a board on the common -- although you needed to allow time to pick up the chip as it wasn't included in the postal pack.
Good atmosphere, great scenery and I think I'll be back next year... Date of review: June 7, 2009
In short: Wonderful scenic race. Cup of tea at finish. Perfect! In full: Second time I have done this 10k. Mainly off road through wonderful countryside. Couldn't work out the actual starting line but well marked otherwise. Lovely cup of tea at the finish (paid for). No goody bag this year and timing chips collected not sent out. I nearly forgot to collect mine! Well marshalled. A great race. Date of review: June 7, 2009