In short: Friendly atmosphere, well marshalled and challenging but interesting course. Start / finish needs tweaking. In full: Overall a good course, well marshalled and with a great village atmosphere at the start / finish.
Minor gripes: Starting on hill is tough and bunches the field - a run in to the hill would be better?
Start itself was a little confusing, with facilities spread over various locations linked by ginnels etc.
Finish was too twisty and difficult to judge if you hadn't run this race before.
(Slightly concerned that there were similar comments about the start / finish last for last year's race that don't seem to have been taken on board, so will send suggestions direct to the organisers too.)
More major gripe: 2007 medals for 2008 race. For some the medal is an important memento, especially if this is their first race - that was a shame.
But on a more positive note, I thought the variety and scenery the course offered was good and I would stress again the atmosphere was excellent.
In short: A hilly testing course that could do with some improvements. In full: For me, this race is nowhere near as good as it's neighbour, the Woodcote 10k. The race is over subscribed - 1200 people starting on roads that narrow is always going to be a problem, and additionally, the finish was silly, very twisty, including one section that was through a walkway at the end of a couple of gardens..... However, having said that, everybody seemed friendly enough, and there were no major problems. It's just that the race itself was very uninspiring. Date of review: February 25, 2008
In short: Highly recommended bumpy country run! In full: Excellent, highly enjoyable race, beautiful scenery and a great opportunity to run in the countryside early in the year. Only gripe was the medals being labelled with the 2007 race date. Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: A challenging course, but a good race. In full: A picturesque course hides some demon hills! But a well run race which you gives you a sense of satisfaction after running it! The start may be a little tight for the field size, though and it was bit strange getting a 2007 medal. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: Big hill at start, undulating and windy, and hard but enjoyable course In full: Slight bits to moan about, medal given was a 2007 medal! Narrow start meant I couldn't piush near to front from back of starting pack.
However, good race, well marshalled, nice scenery, very good family friendly finish, I would do this race again, but not a PB route to do hills. Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: Nice hill at the start to get you going with a couple more thrown in for good measure! In full: Well organised, if not a little slow start procedure... You all line up then move forwards... wait a couple of minutes then start... Quite cramped at the start but soon opens up. Good fun! Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: An excellent but flippin hilly race! In full: My parents live in goring an this is the first time I've run the goring 10k, having run 10ks before I was really impressed, the marshalls were superb- a big thankyou Date of review: April 2, 2007
In short: Lovely course, shame about the start In full: The course was lovely, I didnt find the hills too bad, but I am a slower runner. The start was awful, far too narrow, and it was impossible to pass resulting in a slow first kilometre. SO it may not be PB material. There were also some muddy bits on grass that were quite slippery sometime in the first third to half of the course.
But it was a lovely course, great scenary. Marshalls fabulous, and a great downhill bit between 8 and 9.50 kilometres. The finish was friendly too, and a good atmosphere.
I believe the course was altered this year because of roadworks, and maybe this didnt help the start. I would definitely do it again despite the poor start. Date of review: February 28, 2007
In short: A hilly outing - not for the faint hearted In full: Best bits were the scenery and the busy, but friendly atmosphere. As one local resident said to me, smiling - "I didn't know there were so many people who lived in Goring !". The course is quite tough with some long hills - never PB material - but enough to challenge most runners.
Minor niggles were the cramped, hilly start that compressed the field early on - and a poorly defined finish. Date of review: February 28, 2007