In short: lovely run, well organised and great scenary. In full: I enjoyed every second of the race, there did seem to be a bit of confusion at the start (bit of a bottle neck) but once we were on our way the scenary more than made up for it. This is not the course for a PB, but for me it was friendly well organised and marshalled and demostrated everything that i look for in a run. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Great run. my first 10k. Great Scenery and very friendly, will definitely do again next year. Some areas a bit tight on the paths, first couple of k and last k difficult to overtake. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Nice day,easier run than expected. In full: My first "non road" race therefore I was a little dubious about doing it (particularly as suffering with achilles problem,,,improving but there all the same).Bit of a muddle at the start and found myself standing amongst runners and spectators....were they coming along for the ride? That said once we got going it was much better than I anticipated, no long waits at styles and bridges and not too muddy.Did get a little frustrating on the narrower tracks particularly about 1km from the end when I would like to have put a spurt on but couldn`t get past the runners ahead ( wasn`t prepared to risk running on the more uneven ground due to my injury) However that said I really enjoyed the morning and my time was only a minute or so away from my PB so can`t have been that bad! Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Beautiful off road, begginer-friendly, non-pb race In full: Lovely atmosphere incorporating all levels including a walkers event, a 5K race and a 10K race. The warning about the bottlenecks was great as it meant I went into the race with a more laid back attitude when I got blocked and not try to run in a particular time - they added at least a minute on my time. I will highly recommend the race to other runners. Having a bag-store was great, nice hot showers, fresh fruit at the finish, and the car parking was well organised. The walk to the school was a good warm-up. The only flaws were the Km marker errors and the water stations could be improved. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Lovely Location but room for improvement In full: My major issue was with the distance markers. I did not even see markers for 7k and 8k. The distance was hugely questionable between 5k and 6k and again between 6k and 7k. Water stations were ok - good to see two of them on a 10k course. Event was well marshalled and although the ground underfoot was uneven and there were a fair few bottlenecks it made the course a bit more challenging. The finish was great, a short sprint around the cricket field into a crowd of people. Very good. One final Niggle - The medal!? Very cheap and plasticy! Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Very good, friendly race In full: A really enjoyable race, which is nearly all along very scenic off-road trails alongside the River Ouse, across open farmland, across a Golf course and past the thatched cottages of old Biddenham village.
The organisers seem to have taken onboard feedback from previous years and have steadily improved this race. For instance, this year they provided some additional portaloo toilets in the car park to supplement the rather overcrowded toilets in the cricket pavilion.
On the negative side, the price is creeping upwards - I know its for the Sue Ryder charity, but I think £14 for a non-affiliated entry is approaching the limit of what many people are prepared to pay. Another minor niggle was that the few distance markers I did actually see (5,6,7) were all over the place - I timed 11 minutes between 5 and 6 and just 4 minutes between 6 and 7 (and I was running a fairly constant pace).
Overall though, this is a very friendly race with lots of supporting marshalls, lovely scenery and virtually no traffic. Date of review: October 15, 2006
In short: The most enjoyable way to run 10k, surely? In full: After a poor season on the road, I did this one out of curiosity, and really enjoyed myself. Not expecting a fast time, because it was mostly off road and because the organisers had warned of queues at the stiles, I ran steadily, taking in the beautiful riverside scenery. To my amazement, a season's best time awaited me at the finish. The soft, grassy tracks left no pains in the lower legs and I'd run it again tomorrow if I could. Thanks to the organisers! Date of review: October 15, 2006