In short: Great route, even including THAT hill! Bring on next year! In full: This is my second time, and beat last year's time by 9 minutes (so happy!). It's right on my doorstep and I was happy to pay £20 and prefered this year's goody bag compared to last year's.
I was only disappointed by other runners returning home immediately after the race, and not hanging around to see the prize-giving, which was a downer and cant be blamed on the race organisers.
Loved the route, the scenery is beautiful and I enjoyed the contrast of some tracks, some farmer's fields, a little bit of forest (with a few fun obstacles thrown in) and obviously some tracks.
Some other runners need to make sure that when they feel the need to stop, they should STEP ASIDE instead of stopping dead infront of me 2ft before a jump in the forest! In places, the narrow tracks are fun, but difficult for over-takes (or rather, difficult for people to overtake me!)
Loved it, would highly recommend it! Don't expect a 10km PB because of the nature of the route, but I will certainly go for my course PB again next year! Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: OMG that hill!! In full: Beautiful scenery, tough race in places where it was single track. A good little forest section. But the hill at about 4.5K was...a.....killer! Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Wonderful scenery, easy first time trail run course In full: Wonderful morning in the Dunstable Downs. Organization was superb, from the reviews I read from the previous year, it looks like they didn't organize well in the past but this year they really stepped it up. There was a 5K and a 10K race, both went off without a hitch. A couple of nice touches included the announcer cheering you on BY NAME from a loud speaker as you neared the finish line (was enough to give a boost of energy at the end of the race!) also had a machine at the end where you typed in your number and it printed your time on the spot which was great. The path was not too tough but still a good challenge. This was my first 'trail run' and I think it was great for a first timer. A more experienced trail runner might not be as impressed with the track. Great goodie bag too. Would definitely run the race again though as was great fun! Date of review: October 16, 2011