In short: Well run race, beautiful surroundings.. and a medal! In full: I did the November 2011 Cotswold 10k, so was already prepared for this hilly course, which includes a 1km hill in the last quarter of the race.
This year I was impressed by the improvements. The starting point was further on, to allow for a circuit of the playing field before crossing the finish line. However, I did accidently run the wrong side of the barrier when entering the field for the final 200m! Jumping it at that level of exhaustion is tricky.
Due to the lovely morning sun and blue skies, the scenery was all the more stunning. Rolling fields, streams, and the odd lamb or two in the fields.
Unfortunately we were all warned quite formally during the race briefing that we could not use mp3 players for health and safety reasons, and that runners would definitely be disqualified if we ignored this rule. This is the first time I have ran in a race where we are so formally warned - so everyone obliged and ran without music. At first I was a bit gutted, as I was looking forward to the music, but in the end it did not matter. It was still a great race, and I bettered my November 2011 time by 4 minutes.
Everyone was very friendly, although being shouted at by one of the men directing traffic out of the car park was really not necessary. I didn't let that spoil the day though. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: A challenging 10k race in the heart of the beautiful cotswold countryside. In full: A well organised run along some scenic country lanes with a couple of tough little climbs thrown in. Not one for a PB but a rewarding run all the same! Date of review: April 1, 2012