In short: Very friendly and rewarding - watch the hilly first half... In full: This was my comeback race after 6 months out with an achillies injury. I found out a day before the race that this was in fact a rather hilly race for the first half, so was mildly worried.
However, the first half is a little hilly, not too much mind, with the 2nd half flat, so I could start to open up a bit.
The scenery in the first half of the race was quite impressing, looking across the rolling Wiltshire hills on a temperate spring day. A few people have said they didn't find the last 1k through the housing estate very nice, but I thought it was ok actually. We went round quite a nice old manor type building, and past a few houses, but it was all pleasant enough. A few of the locals clapped and shouted encouragement which really helped.
Good to see a healthy crowd of spectators at the finishing straight - I gave them a sprint finish even though I had a stitch (totally nailed the last 2k) and got a great round of applause and cheering! Those moments alone are worth the entrace fee.
Well done to the organisers - military precision. Baggage, changing, everything - all totally on the ball. The road marshalls were excellent, stopping traffic to let us all through. The motorists were patient too - perfect.
Oh and great medal too. Nice and shiny!
My only negative comment is that I had to pay Â£1 for a cup of tea (that's a tea bag and some hot water in a cup btw) , whereas at smaller scale CC races at Marshfield, and Horton, the tea was not even half that amount. Well, there is a recession on you know... ;)
I would definitely give this another go. The winner managed an insane 31m. I was happy with my 48m! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: good as first outing afte flu! In full: Well organised except for poor audio at start, and hence muddle about start line - small field, so soon sorted. Route would have been better without the suburban loop - more use of lanes in the attractive countryside would make a better route. Friendly and well organised overall. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Tough hills, not a pb course In full: Good race, well organised and marshalled. Good parking, easy to register, good mix of club runners and fun runners - certainly enough to make an average runner look good! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: A rather disappointing route In full: Rather disappointing route especially along the A road at the beginning and end. The route was not traffic free. The estate that some other runners have criticised was probably the best part as this was where the most spectator support came from. The route needs to be more rural in 2011 for me to return. Date of review: March 28, 2010