In short: The views from the hill tops were great, but tough getting to them In full: Great run, obviously organised by a sadist. The scenery was great, and the nice open views meant you could see what is coming, and what has been. Really pleased with the time, particularly consideirng the hills. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Lovely countryside, well-organized, nice atmosphere In full: Lovely route through rolling hills, which make it a bit more of a challenge than some races. Some narrow roads and paths make passing hard in places. Nice atmosphere, generally very well organized although the marshal by the place where a path suddenly narrows to single file wasn't shouting warnings, with the result that people were colliding with each other as they suddenly had to slow down. I saw a few people nearly fall. But overall very happy, especially as I managed to beat the camel home! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Now I know what Hilly means, well organised tough 10k In full: Fabulous run through the South Oxfordshire countryside, but OMG those hills. I knew from the first minute it was going to be tough and I still ache in new places 4 hours later. However the marshals, well-wishers, and beautiful countryside made it a fantastic race. I may even do it again! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: A great race well done to the organisers! In full: Well done to all concerned, the race was hard (I'm not a lover of hills!)but scenery was lovely and organisation very smooth (the weather helps too!). The finish was great and it looked like the whole village had turned out to support the runners home, also good to get medal, mars, energy drink, water and free cups of tea, will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Very well ogranised friendly event!! In full: My first race and a great experience. Lovely route with plenty of marshalls giving a cheer along the way!! The route started on a hill and a few hills along the way, though the views were great. I will definately be back next year! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Tough Hills made up for by great crowd and scenary In full: A tough 10k, with a hill to start, slight incline from 6-7k, big incline 7-7.5k and another incline again at 8k. This was never going to be a personal best day, but this was challenging, and a great start to my racing year. The crowd turned out in force for the start, and their were pockets of fans all around the course to shout their encouragement. I though the organisation was fantastic. The tight start could have been a problem, but wasn't and the rest of the race was very smooth. The views across the ridgeway were stunning (took my mind off the hills), and coupled with the great weather I have had a great morning out. Thanks to all!! Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: A fine village green 10K In full: One of the local perennial favourites for me. Always well organized (they arranged particularly good weather this year, which was good because parts of the course are a bit exposed. Good value, good facilities, seems like most of the village turns out to take part or cheer us on, and a nice up and down course that has some long flat bits to make up for the hills. Lovely scenery along by the river, Red Kites circling overhead to pick off the stragglers ... None of yer chip timing malarkey, a good simple old-fashioned race with no frills. I'll be back again next year. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Nice hilly cousre to start the road race season In full: I enjoy this race. I've done it for the past 3 years and find the hills set me up for the start of my road racing year.
So there's a 10 minute walk from the car park to the start - its good to stetch your legs after driving to the race. Treat it as a warm-up. And the toilet queues weren't as bad as many other races I've been to.
The course is great, start up hill (sorts the men from the boys early on), then out into the countryside, though a field, by a river lovely. A couple of climbs from 8k, and a drop to the finish. A slightly tight turn onto the school field at the end, but I've run worse finishes.
I hadn't even noticed the wrong date on the medal, but it's as much about the race as the medal. Shame, but never mind.
I took 1m 40s off my cousre PB, so I was happy with this run. I'll be back next year to try to better it. Date of review: March 7, 2008
In short: Enjoyed the race, good views on a hilly course, a few disappointments In full: Sad about the 2007 medal - especially as I entered with my Dad (first 10k race) who was equally disappointed. Organisation left a bit to be desired esp Start/Finish. Nice course, bit hilly, some of the field/gravel track running was a bit nasty. Not sure I'd do it again. Date of review: February 28, 2008
In short: challenging course, but fun. organisation could improve. In full: My first 'proper' race since I was a teenager, so not much to compare it to. However, I thought the course was great fun - quite hilly but nothing too severe and I thought starting on a hill was actually a nice and unusual touch. Didn't notice the out of date medal, didn't really look at it, but slightly disappointed now I've found it. But if you're running because you enjoy running for running's sake, rather than for a PB or a medal, this is a very friendly run through some lovely countryside. Start/finish needs improving though, as do car-parking facilities. Date of review: February 27, 2008