In full: All in all a good race and one worth doing for the scenery alone and the quietness of the roads. Its fair to say that if you are not prepared the initial 5k can take you by surprise with 2 hills after the first mile very challenging. Once 5k completed you can pace out on flat roads with a few downhill efforts. In some ways this race is the opposite of the Cobra Classic in Halesowen where the second 5k contains some challenging hills. If i had a slight criticism the toilet facilities arent particularly good and if the school caretaker hadnt opened up the school changing rooms there would have been a queue around the car park. This aside its a race well worth doing. Date of review: October 3, 2012
In short: A touch one from a beginner's point of view. More like mountaineering in some places. In full: This was my second 10k race. As a beginner I’d rate is as the road version of the Stourbridge Stumble- and that was tough! A somewhat uneven distribution of the hilly parts - running up until you just can’t run anymore (someone compared it to mountaineering!), then comes the 6km and it’s a mad dash downhill till the finish. Beautiful scenery, I couldn’t resist taking photos and will definitely do it again but... it does require a bit of hill run training to really enjoy it without the pain. Great marshals, many thanks for the cheers and for the photo posing :o) I really wish I went away with a medal after this one. What an effort!