In short: Not the best race organisation in the world, but not bad either and a very good course In full: Really enjoyed the course. The first 5-6km is a long steady climb which doesn't give you much warm up time, but I enjoyed the challenge and the last 4km downhill absolutely flew by.
Bit of a queue to get into the site at the beginning, although I left it late so can't complain. Was v easy to park once we were on site. They probably should have put some temporary toilets in, people were in and out of the bushes like badgers. Post race was unspectacular - only water and a medal and no goody bag or anything, but personally that makes no difference to me.
Hills at the beginning make a PB tricky. I had run faster in training than I did on the day and had half an eye on going sub-40, but on the day was a good couple of minutes outside of that.
There was a really nice family atmosphere before and after and there was a fun run for the kids which is always a really nice touch. Date of review: May 24, 2011
In short: Be prepared for the hills! In full: It was nice to run round the park at the beginning - but even that had a small hill so be prepared for the inclines if you're going to do this event next year!
Well organised, 2 water stations plus jelly babies on the course were much appreciated - as was the support from the village residents and kids animal drawings. Nice medal too :-)
It's good value for accompanying friends/family who get in at group rate but be prepared for queues - we queued into the carpark, to buy tickets for the park and a massive queue for the toilets! Make sure you leave enough time for all the queues!! Date of review: May 22, 2011