In short: Great hack through the beautiful Surrey countryside. Plenty of mud and enough hill action to make it pretty challenging. One of the friendliest races I've ever run - a real good feeler! And despite the mud and sweat, I still made a PB - bonus! Date of review: February 7, 2010
In short: I forgot how hard that hill was! In full: Another brilliantly organised Bookham 10k. Great race, and fabulous course, but that hill is tough! Its the 3rd time I've done this race and again I ended up walking up the hill. Next year I'm going to master it! Date of review: February 7, 2010
In short: Great fun, loved the mud.Knew the downhill had to be good after that long uphill. In full: Very glad I wore my trail shoes with such muudy conditions. Very steep descents in places which were a new experience for me as I didn't want to somersault to the bottom. Would definitely do this race again next year come what may! Date of review: February 7, 2010
In full: No snow this year but some seriously sticky mud. Don't wear new trainers for this event. Nice downhill finish which is always pleasing to me. Well run event but more toilets would be nice as some runners missed the start waiting in queues. Good stuff and will be running the course again soon. Date of review: February 7, 2010
In short: Tough, hilly and muddy In full: An excellent cross country course. My road shoes didn't always have the grip but I managed OK till the second half. It got boggier and boggier. Tried to run up all the hills but was failing to catch the runners infront who were walking. Date of review: February 7, 2010
In short: A tough never-ending hill to start, but after that a good mix of terrain. I'll be back :) In full: Great countryside to run in, and a good route across the hills. Its nice to have the toughest hill early on, and even nicer when you have a downhill to finish with a sprint. Challenging but rewarding. Date of review: February 7, 2010
In short: Fantastic cheerleaders at the top of the last hill - very morale boosting In full: This was my first hilly 10k so I was slightly apprehensive especially when I practiced run the course in advance and really struggled on the hills. It is certainly very different running (at the back) of a group. A big thank you to the veteran with the Parkrun t-shirt, who gave me encouragement to get up the first steep hill when my legs were beginning to buckle and to start running long before I normally would. Another big thank you to the cheerleaders on the last hill - especially the little boy on the corner - who again encouraged me to continue running.
I finished very near the back, but was chuffed to nearly catch the 2 girls in front who had been miles in front of me at one stage - ah if that last road had been a longer slope, with no mean last up hill bit then who knows I might have caught them.
Definitely a "good feeling" run! Was the 2k marker in the right place though? All the others seemed so much shorter. Date of review: February 7, 2010