In short: Tough on the legs but a fantastic way to spend a morning In full: For the first half of the race there's no let up. Right from the start you are going uphill. Narrow in places which means serious runners need to get to the front early. Dry and cool, which made for perfect conditions. If it was raining you'd really need some serious trail shoes. Overall, thank goodness for the second half of the race (largely downhill). Well organised from the local primary school. Managed to avoid oncoming car on my sprint down to the finishing line. A finishers medal would have been nice but the technical t-shirt with runners names on the back is a nice souvenir. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Glorious scenery - biggish hills (for SE England) - what more could you ask for? In full: First time on what is clearly a very special race. Lovely run up onto the North Downs and back again. Almost all on trails, some of which are very narrow (making overtaking, particularly on some of the steeper sections, a bit difficult). 3 biggish hills, with a couple of steep sections.
Enthusiastic support, good atmosphere and excellent marshalling: particular thanks to the marshall who need nearly mown down trying to slow down a very bad-tempered driver on a back country lane.
Slightly expensive for a 10k (but it is in a good cause), and the technical t-shirt is good. Some slight room for improvement on the admin side: I wasn't the only runner who wound up in the fun run, rather than 10k, finish lane due to confusing signs and a route map/course profile at the registration would have been useful for first-timers. Parking is obviously a problem, and an arrangement that doesn't require driving out amongst the finishing runners would be good.
But, overall, a beautiful jaunt over the North Downs. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Everything you could want from an off-road 10K - fantastic! In full: Superb organisation, great atmosphere, wonderful marshals, challenging & scenic route, tea & cakes to finish.... What's not to like?? Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: The 1st 5k is tough..easier 2nd half! In full: Very well organised, does what it says on the tin! Did it in 2008, 5 minutes quicker this year. Slight problem that my watch told me I had run over 6.6 miles, maybe it was my watch? Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: My fifth running of this, as always, superbly organised and marshalled race , Good conditions and 2 minutes off last year's time. Defiinitely back for more next year. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Great race, great views and fantastic organisation. Don't miss it next year! In full: Great race, though the hill up to Rainmore Common hurt...a lot. Organisers did a superb job, unbelievable to get the race results out before most people will have managed to have gotten home. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: From start to finish. One of the best runs. In full: No snow, no mud this year and although the Events to Live team hadn't been able to flatten the hills I managed to take 2 minutes off last years time. A really well organised race, hilly and hard but suitable for beginners wanting a challenging 10k, for every uphill there is a nice exhilarating run back down. Good views along the way despite the grey skies, almost all off road, apart from a few very short sections at the start and finish. Marshals supportive, vocal and did great job with directions. Very nice technical t-shirt and results out before getting home.