In short: Supremely well organised and suitably challenging for non-club runners In full: Once again, a very well organised event from start to finish. The marhalls not only did their job efficiently but everyone of them offered encouragement particularly in the tough last mile. The blonde girl particularly a sight for sore eyes at mile 9 :-) It's not the most scenic race and weaving around some of the parked cars at the beginning and end isn't great but it's a great way to start the training year. Date of review: January 18, 2010
In short: Very nice route, a couple of hills, nice mix of competitors, friendly atmosphere In full: This was a very well organised race, on a very nice route. There were a couple of busy roads to watch out for, but nothing to affect the overall experience of the run. I am dissapointed not to have a medal to keep. The flimsy bag seems rather useless. Too small to be of any use, too cheaply made to last any great period of time.
This race has everything you could want, bar a nice momento. Will more than likely take part again. Date of review: January 18, 2010
In short: some great views on this challenging course In full: I entered this race to test myself over 10 miles and the field really reflected this distance. I was one of what appeared to be a handful of non-club runners.
Other competitors ignored advice to not park on the nearby pavements which led to a bottle neck for the first half mile but we were soon on open roads.
The course itself is fairly challenging but your efforts are rewarded with some fantastic views - quite literally breathtaking.
Waterstations were (in my opinion) perfectly placed and quite welcome on the first warm morning of the year.
Marshalls were plentiful and kept everyone motivated and on the right course.
Changing and toilet facilities in the club house were first class.
ok, now for my slightly negative feedback.
This race took place on some open roads, so you needed to keep your wits about you. I normally run with headphones but had to take them out to make sure I was aware of traffic and so on.
Also I dont enter races for goody bags but as one was mentioned on the race entry so I was kind of expecting one!
I would happily recommend this race to anyone who is comfortable with the distance.
In short: Nice, fairly quick but challenging course. Pretty well organised overall. In full: Generally well organised, except for the lack of convenient parking. Nice memento, as usual here. Bag storage arrangements much better than previous years and manned by very friendly and extremely efficient ladies! Date of review: January 18, 2010
In short: Always a pleasure to do this race! In full: This has to be one of the best races of the year, well organised, well marshalled & a great finishing memento (a decent back pack, rather than some crummy medal). Even hot showers in changing rooms.
Will definitely be back for more next year. Date of review: January 18, 2010
In short: Very well organised race with lots of friendly marshalls. In full: This race is very well organised, from the baggage drop to the marshalls on the course. The parking was an interesting one as we were (literally) led all around the houses but ended up within a decent walking distance of the race HQ. The scenery is disappointing for the 1st couple of miles and the last (even more so) but the bit in the middle makes up for it which is lovely undulating country lanes. Not too tough, just challenging enough. Date of review: January 18, 2010
In short: Seemed more uphill than down and the ups are long and round corners!shame no medalll In full: I did not get a race number in the post so had to attach it on the day together with another on the back, no real problem though and well organised. As with others expected a medal and disapointed by what I had thought was going to be a running bag not a one arm gym sack with advertising on. Marshals friendly and polite and course well marked, a good welcome back to running in the new year after the snow but a challenge. Date of review: January 18, 2010
In short: Great race, hills yes, most organised race of the year! In full: There are hills, the hill at last mile does push you a little (!).. but its got everything hills, flats, down hills, good mix. But the organisation is second to none, you turn up, park, bag drop, changing everything no hassle - its all there for you - brill race will do this every year.. Date of review: January 18, 2010