In short: An excellent race that won't disappoint! In full: I gave this race a go on the strength of previous reviews and was not disappointed.
Aside from the excellent organisation and easy parking (I enjoyed the one mile warm-up/cool-down to/from the overflow car park by the way), this 10 mile course has to go down as one of my favourites.
Gentling undulating I think best describes it, with lots of downhill sections and only a couple of brief inclines to speak of (in the second half, definitely the tougher section), all of which means that this race has definite PB potential!
The big digital clock at halfway (5m) was a nice touch too (made all the better for the time I saw on it!).
Thank you Reading Roadrunners. See you in 2013! Date of review: February 12, 2012
In short: great for a 20 mile virgin In full: My first ever 20 miler as I prepare for my first marathon. I enjoyed it more than I could have hoped. A very pretty but basically gentle course, nice runners and excellent marshals. I would strongly recommend this for people who are training for a spring marathon. Date of review: March 9, 2011
In short: Fantastic organisation and super atmosphere In full: As someone who usually brings up the rear, and likes a lttle chat, this was a great race. Plenty of runners to chat on the way round, all supportive. Water stations efficiently manned and wonderful encouragement from all marshals. Thank you. Will be back again. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Always great, continues to be excellent In full: This is my fourth time at the 20, and I still love this race as marathon prep. The course is excellent, the marshalling flawless, the venue just what you need, and even the walk from the parking is not a huge issue. This year I took a further 5 mins off my PB so I am happy too. Well done to the organisers for putting the 20 milers on the right hand side this time so the quick 10 milers can get away.The set off was just great. A big thanks to all who make this race such a great event, and I am sure i will be back again and again! Date of review: February 24, 2011
In short: loved it In full: Well organised and planned race. No problems at all. Thought two laps would be a bit of a bore, however it was all good!. Friendly field and thanks to others I did a PB!! Date of review: February 23, 2011
In short: What a great atomsphere! In full: I was recommended this race by Allan from my running club and he was certainly right it was a great race. Wicked goodie bag complete with much needed food for after and lovely medal. I'd like to thank Julie and Chris Mason for helping me get round in one piece, good company!!!! Date of review: February 23, 2011
In short: Friendly and well organized In full: First time doing this distance (20), weather was perfect, and really enjoyed it. The marshaling/ organization was great and everyone was very friendly, frequent water stations (I must master drinking while running), and a super medal at the end. Defiantly recommend and will be back next year. One comment, please send the race pack out earlier, mine only arrived yesterday (1 day after the event). Date of review: February 22, 2011
In short: Great course and well organised In full: Really enjoyed this race, well organised but I would suggest if you have never run this, get there a little early as 1600 people milling about is allot in a small area.
All the race was on country roads with only slight inclines, there is one hill at around the 7-8 mile mark that you will feel for the 20 milers but for the 10 milers it should not be much of a problem.
Lots of encouragement from the marshalls as well en route.
Great goody bag and nice medal.
The only down side was the start of the race with both 10 and 20 milers was very congested and made it difficult for the first half mile.