In short: Lovely, village, multi-terrain 10k In full: An interesting and varied course, some country lanes, some farm tracks, a couple of fields and some wooded single-track. Great countryside, with enough hills to break the pace, but nothing to seriously slow you down. Not PB potential, more of a fast, Sunday training run. Nice tea & cakes at the finish and the chance to eat ice-cream for charity. If you get the chance after the race, look around the village; it really is a bit special. There's a great pub right at the far end, just right for post-race Sunday lunch. Date of review: June 16, 2010
In short: Scenic, mildly challenging good MT event In full: Did the 5k and had a nice time winning it. A couple of slight screw ups, making the distance actually 1/4mile long, with the 1st k coming at 0.92miles wasn't great...nor was stewards being shocked by my arrival. A couple were placed badly at one junction, being positioned down the correct path rather than blocking the incorrect one!
But generally a great location and good varied route Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: Fair course for the Chilterms and very beautiful In full: Well, I did like it, as promised by the publicity. It's a challenge in that the ups and downs and tracks and paths mean that you cannot run your quickest but it's not that difficult a run. It seemed to be well-organised, and well attended by the locals as if the village regards it as a village event. The prizes were awarded by the local lord which gave it a little kudos. I will be back, but why is it on the same day as the Wargrave 10k, another secnic run and only about 12 miles away? Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: A great run in the sun In full: Third year of doing this one, and great weather, scenery and organisation makes this one of the top 10k's for me. Thanks to everyone who helps to oragnise and marshall. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: fun in the sun In full: Post run ice cream via 606 SQN was very good, whole event well organised, I was slower than last year, but It's not a pb course for me. scenery is good. Like the Red Kites circling to spot lunch, as it runs below them.... Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: I liked this one last year so came back again (and it wasn't just for the cakes!). In full: Don't expect a PB (although I got one, which isn't saying much!) as you get bottle necked on single tracks some of the way. I found it quite difficult but there's some great scenery. It's not as difficult as it's neighbour - the Watlington 10K, as that has two very nasty hills (for me anyway). It's a good mix of racers and clubs and a child friendly place as there's a big grass common and a play area - this is important for me as I don't feel so bad dragging my wife and children along! There's also a great home made cake and tea stall at the finish! All in all it's a beautiful setting. I'm a bit limited to getting time to do my races so try to do new ones, but I liked this one so came back and will do so again. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: Excellent 10k in great surroundings In full: Excellent 10k in great surroundings, good mix of club runners and recreational runners, reasonably challenging no large hills but long steady climbs (especially the first one from around 1km to 2km) well organised with a good friendly atmosphere. Date of review: June 13, 2010
In short: Lovely summer 10k - but watch out for the hills! In full: First time at this event and really enjoyed it.
Weather came out great after a miserable, grey start so pretty much everyone ran in shades ^_^
A very friendly, atmospheric 'villagey' type race - plenty of room before to stretch out. Not many toilets and a huuuuge queue beforehand but that's always the way isn't it?
Route was great - challenging, two steepish hills (could have been worse but still enough to slow you down) and the rest through pretty woodlands. Two big fields stood out - one with lavendar, the other filled with poppies, really uplifting :)
iPod-friendly - lots of runners using them since it was mainly off-road/multi-terrain.
home in 45.26 so managed 7.3 m/m which i don't think is too bad considering the course and the fact it was pretty sunny too!
road shoes were fine - worn my lunarglides and didn't come unstuck though i think had it been wet, the course would have got muddy and i wouldn't have felt confident running at speed.
nice home stretch on grass and plenty of water/medals to go round.
has made me want to get more into multi-terrain running.