In short: Terrific setting, quite tough but rewarding course, grandstand finish! In full: First time at this race and I really enjoyed it. Great setting, 'big event' feel to the race and impeccable organisation. Excellent for spectators too - my kids were able to see me 4 times during the race, without moving much. The hills are steady but quite long (2 x 1.5k and 1 x 0.5k) so yes a PB would be tough, but what goes up must come down and I still managed my 3rd best time. Good medal and practical goody bag (water, milkshake, energy drinks and gels). Thoroughly recommend. Date of review: February 9, 2010
In short: Hilly 10k In full: Really enjoyed this race. The venue was perfect and the finishing straight is magnificent. Contrary to other comments, I am happy with mile markers on a 10k race although can see how some would find it annoying. On that note, my Garmin matched bang on with the distance so that was a good thing. Pretty serious hills although the downhills were perfect for getting a nice fast pace up over some distance (I recorded my fastest ever outdoor mile for the second mile). Managed a PB and will be interested to see if I can reduce further on a flatter course. Date of review: February 9, 2010
In short: 2009 reviews don't do the hills justice - my legs are in bits!! In full: Great administration, thanks to all the volunteers, it's normally a thankless task but you did great. Well done the cadets.
Great scenery, great hills. The running I do locally in Avon and Somerset includes some great hills so good training for this type of race. I will come back next year and aim for a faster time. Roll on Forest of Dean Half. Date of review: February 9, 2010
In short: Nothing like the finish heading down to Longleat house. After all those hills it is a wlelcome relief In full: Had a fab time as usual. Benji loved it too. He was a great help up the hills and the support he gets on the way round is wonderful. He helped me to knock a minute and a half off my previous best! Date of review: February 9, 2010
In full: The sense of achievement at the end made it all worth while! The hills were far tougher than any that I encounter in my normal training runs and so really took it out of me, but an enjoyable Sunday morning nonetheless. No chance of a PB but there was a great atmosphere at the start and plenty of words of encouragment on the way round, so well worth another go next year. Excellent medal too! Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: Great place to run but quite tough In full: Lovely scenery, well organised, easy parking, great Lion medal, and generous goodies. Not enough toilets and definitely not PB material. Date of review: February 8, 2010