In short: Great scenery, but not for the flat-hearted. In full: Lovely small-ish race, very clubby but also very friendly. A few steep uphills, some very steep downhills, and not a lot a flat in between, but it's a glorious place to run. Good medal too, which always goes down well. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Perfect! In full: What more can you ask for? Organisation was perfect, lots of indoor loos, a great course that was hilly without being cruel, smiling marshalls, frequent water stops manned by enthusiastic scouts, a good medal and your name read out over the tannoy as you finish.
Thanks for an excellent race. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Excellent well organized race In full: This is the first time I have run this 10 mile race and was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the event was. A few hills made the course challenging, but running along country lanes with a little scenery took your mind of the inclines and the miles soon passed. Weather was a little chilly, but that is no ones fault. Will certainly consider coming back again. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Undulating In full: I was definitely either running uphill or downhill for 10 miles. I struggle with undulations and had only entered because it was a HRRL race - but I actually loved this course! Lovely views and a friendly bunch of marshals and runners. Thanks to the scouts for manning the water stations a good job excellently done
In short: well organised race with plenty of ups and some very steep downhills! In full: I was expecting much steeper uphills but wasn't too challenged by the hills on the course, in fact I felt that the downhills were steeper and quite heavy on the shins! Well organised race although presentation took a while to start but overall a good race - thank you Alton Runners. Nice medal too. Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Yes a tough race but well worth trying!! In full: This race was well organised with plenty of marshals. The only downside I could see was a lack of toilets. People resorted to the bushes, as usual, but because the race is set in the grounds of a school for young people with disabilities this was rightly frowned upon.
I have done this race before but forgot just how hard the ‘undulating’ course was! I did hear someone at the start say that if you weren’t running up a hill then you’d be running down one, that wasn’t too far from the truth! But don't let this put you off, go for the challenge!
Obviously the good weather made the race slightly harder fort he athletes even if it was good news for spectators.
Nice course, 3 water stations, good marshals and a medal what more can you ask for??
In short: Well-organized, scenic race with challenging course In full: Would definitely do this again. In fact it's made me wonder why I do long runs on my own - just need to find a nice race like this every week. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: The downhills did for me! Well marshalled, 3 water stations, medal , friendly runners - what more do you need!. In full: Wow - undulating.... Hills up were mostly long, good gradients with one noticeable exception. The downhills for everyone else seemed good and worth the effort put in on the ups. Good varied field with everything from elite to more social runners included. No snobbery from anyone, everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there. Okay so it's a tough race (it was my first!) but it's definetly not boring and the marshalls and locals were great at cheering you on. Only issue was maybe the number of toilets, but to be honest everyone who needed to go, did and then the race started! Pleased I finished - now looking for a nice flat race to follow up with. Date of review: May 11, 2009