In short: A challenging race of 2 halves In full: A race to get the old heart beating! Panoramic scenery (shame about Didcot) but missed the pigs somehow. I'm still aching after the hills, and it was tough to sprint after the climb. The first half lulled us into a false sense of security. All bvery character building! Loads of marshalls & nice friedly ambience. Date of review: January 8, 2007
In short: Didn't really enjoy this, but it was probably me, not the race In full: I really didn't like doing the downhill bit first and the uphill last. I didn't find the marshalls very encouraging and, not being a local, I got lost on the way, the car park was full, and the 'advice' I got for parking - 'you just have to look for somewhere'- was not really helpful. Date of review: January 8, 2007
In short: Gentle start...nasty finish. Great Pigs! In full: Fisrt race so nothing to compare it too! had driven the course so knew the nasty hills were coming up - literally! Didn't think the marshalls encouraged at all but didn't bother me - they all seemed pretty old so the cold was probably getting them down a bit. Would definately run again, if only to teach those hills a lesson next year...(year right..!) Date of review: January 8, 2007
In short: Well organised and friendly. In full: Well organised with the free hot drinks being a nice touch. Perhaps a profile of the course could have been displayed at the start alongside the route - this would have helped the first-timers. Date of review: January 8, 2007
In short: A good after Christmas shake up In full: First half downhill and second half up definitely makes this a different run in good country air. Race organisation seemed good. My only grouse is the poor directions, managing to get lost both coming and going and then having difficulty parking. Date of review: January 7, 2007
In short: Hilly, hard work, but strangely enjoyable! In full: Very chuffed I managed to get around my first 10k so well, evil hills though, not to mention evil wind and rain along by the pigs in the field! I wish the marshalls had done more encouraging, only one on the whole way around clapped and said "well done" which I thought was a bit mean :( Maybe because I was at the back of the fleet and their hands were worn out...just because we are slow doesn't mean we don't need encouragement.
I will probably do it next year though, if only to compare it to this. I reckon after a course like this, lots of other 10k's will seem like the proverbial walk in the park! Date of review: January 7, 2007
In short: Disapointed In full: The organisers did a good job, but I feel there is room for improvement. Getting lost on local roads being a newcomer to the area didnt put me in a good frame of mind. I also think at £12 on the day it was a tad expensive for the those just entering the sport and doesn't encourage you. I didnt find it that welcoming being a lone-runner. Date of review: January 7, 2007