In short: Excellent race, very well organised. In full: Brilliant race, beautiful scenery, well organised and excellent marshalling (the rain affects them much more than the runners!) Convince yourself the hill isn't really there and the race is much easier. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Nice route, NOT 10k though - more like 10.5k!! In full: Ran this in 2013, the route is actually really nice, getting right out into the country. There is a long hill from something like km 1.5 to 3.2. Unrelenting, but relatively gentle until the last 300m. Then a big downhill and a nice fast finish.
BUT the measurement is shocking! My garmin measured it 10.47km, and Mapmyrun even further at 10.6km. The km markers were all over the place - km6 and km10 definitely long and km7 very short.
I don't understand why you would advertise a 10k run and then make it 10.5k!? Well, I think the reason is because it is run at the same time as the Half Marathon, they couldn't get the courses such that they finish at the same point, and couldn't be bothered to have 2 separate finishes.
Nice run, but mildly annoying that the distance measurement is amateur... Date of review: October 13, 2013
In full: This was a good race - the awful weather aside! Plus points include handy parking, great scenery, positive atmosphere, fab medal and lovely warm showers at the rugby club afterwards!!! Downside - not enough portaloos, a killer hill and lots of cow poo in the starting/finishing field! I travelled a long way to get there so probably won't do this run again but I'd still recommend this race! Date of review: October 13, 2013
In short: Great race, if a little wet this year In full: This is my home race so enjoy being able to walk there. This year was wet and a little chilly, but many thanks to all the hardy souls who came out to cheer. Even the hill was O.K. this year, possibly because the rain helped me focus! Date of review: October 13, 2013
In short: 10k race tough and badly measured In full: I ran the 10k race and was mainly disappointed due to 2 issues 1) Incorrect measurement and signage. My Garmin 610 measured it at 10.5km, as did Gmaps the next day. The KM markers were inaccurate to - the 1km marker measured about 1.2km by my GPS and confirmed by my pace - I was a good minute longer than normal for a km. Shoddy work really 2) No water in the race bags - instead some godawful energy drink that I couldn;t touch. Had to hunt round the stalls to find one giving out glasses of water
The route itself is varied - flat first 1km or so, then 2.5 km straight uphill without a break, flat to 4km then a sharp downhill to 5km before a lovely flat 2nd half into finish. Plenty of encouragement but some of the marshalling was a bit suspect. The bit at the end of the Long Mile was very narrow making it almost impossible to overtake Date of review: November 28, 2012
In short: Superb course, one mother of a hill just after halfway..... In full: But the run in is straight and encouraging and flat / slight downhill. Really great one to do. Haven't done one for 15 years and this has really got me going again. Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: Stunning route, great support, cracking event! In full: Third time I have run this race, has been sunny each time. First 7 miles are flat and fast although a narrow path along the Thames means racers are single file unless you go on the grass. Good support over Henley bridge and through town then you hit the hill between 7 and 9 miles. Once at the top it's downhill then flat and fast until the end with a lovely fast straight along the Fair Mile and a good crowd to see you over the line. I finished in 1hr 30mins which is my fastest time on this course but my chip didn't work so got a DNF, gutted. Apart from that the race, organisation, marshalls and support cannot be faulted. Will definitely be back. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: such great value for money In full: 2nd time i've done the race, overall it's a good race and very good value for money. Pros - very good value for money - started on time and lots of support from marshalls and locals - good bag and medal at end - no tie on laces chip but one which was on the race number - very nice lady at mile 11 giving out jelly babies to runners - nice touch!
Cons - long queues for toilet - shower facilities weren't great but i guess at least it was available - missing some mile markers (unless i didn't see them) - water station signs weren't there for all water stations so before you knew it you were running into one so you had to quickly veer to the right to be on the right side