In short: More hilly than expected, though the long down-hill sections make up for the climb in places In full: I was happy with my finishing time but the course definitely made me work for it. Nice running up and down the country lanes in the sunshine, though the start/finish location on a narrow pavement was a less appealing aspect. Good placement of water station for multiple fly-bys, and a nice big medal afterwards! Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: Beautiful scenery, friendly marshalls, lovely race! In full: Just back from this event (my first ever 10 mile race and the furthest I've ran so far) at it was so nice it has convinced me I'm ready for my first half marathon! The course was mainly country roads with beautiful scenery throughout, and mostly rolling hills but nothing too strenuous. It seemed very well organised with nice clean facilities at the race HQ, and friendly marshalls throughout - always a plus! :o) Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: More pros than cons make for a good race In full: Pros - Nice route through mostly traffic free roads - Well marshalled - Very friendly - Good value
Cons - Car park too small. I got to the designated car park at 8:40 and got the last parking spot. I saw so many other runners driving round and round getting very frustrated. I don't know where they parked in the end. Some parked outside designated bays and got tickets. - Need more toilets. Yes, I know there are never enough but I wandered round and around with several other people. We eventually found one with a broken door and had to ration the loo paper to a couple of sheets each. I then had to leg it to the start. Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: nice to see the start has changed from last year In full: definite improvement to see the start on the main road unlike the usual one of just outside waitrose with a sharp turn within 100 meters which proved a touch chaotic in previous years...so well done striders for listening to "US". anyway...the route has been tinkered with a little bit but not in a bad way...it still has the challenges including that seemingly never ending climb between 5 and 6 miles....and the marshalls were as encouraging and plentiful as ever. i always enjoy this run and will definitely be back again next year! well done striders for a very well organised event! Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: Not as good as it used to be In full: I always look forward to this race even with it's iffy start, but this year's renewal just seemed a little frayed at the edges nothing major but lots of little issues which detracted for what is usually a nice event.
I'm sure the organisers are aware of the issues themselves especially those caught up with the leader running back through half the field at the second and third water stop.
There's nothing wrong with the event even with these issues but if that's going to be the standard from now on then the entry fee should come down a few quid.