In short: hard going but very enjoyable, my first 10 k In full: My first 10k loved it the people were friendly and the marshalls encouraging. I found the course quite hard going as I'm not used to hills and such rough terrain but definitly more of a buzz than the race for life. I will definitly do this again next year. Date of review: October 26, 2006
In short: Beautiful Course fantastically organised In full: Wonderful course through the grounds of the spectacular Audley End. Some testing surfaces through the farm land made for slower than normal times but this race is all about the charity and the scenery. Weather a bit warm, but not really complaining!! Thanks to all involved. Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: Great scenery. Dreadful organisation at the start. Friendly atmosphere. In full: A grey and chilly start but most people had smiles at the end - an achievement given the fact that the organisation of the race start was attrocious. Note to the organisors - on a cold day, give the low impact aerobics/speeches a miss (or at least limit it to 3 min) and let people enjoy the views on the running track. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Cold damp start, tough terrain for a charity race In full: Agree with other comments. Spent too long hanging around getting very cold before the race started. Not enough toilets, 10 for >700 people, just as well they didn't get the expected 1500! This was a tough x-country course for a charity race. Felt more like a winter x-country race. Clock at finish shaved 30secs off my time! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Cold and a bit slippery but still enjoyed it! In full: Lovely location although weather no good for wandering around the "grinds"!
Start was very poorly organised and everyone was getting grumpy with the inane and very low impact aerobics we were all expected to follow and which wouldn't have warmed anything up! Many opting for their own jogs around to keep the circulation going.
Overall I really enjoyed the race as the weather suited me once I was going and because I'm not fast the terrain didn't bother me either - I have time to watch where I'm going. The string quartet playing pomp and cicumstance was quite quaint as well half way round!
Very non competetive atmosphere made this a race I may consider doing again just for a day out. Date of review: September 15, 2005
In short: Only did it for the charity. In full: The weather was bad but the course was terrible and dangerous in places especially the muddy bridge but to be fair the marshall was warning runners but what could you do? I had expected more having been involved with the ladies Race for Life 5ks which my wife had done previously so in all very disappointed. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Challenging terrain but enjoyed it. Shame about the weather! In full: My first 10k and only the second organised run I have done so not a lot to compare it with. The parking on arrival was hilarious - 4 army cadets per car making sure everyone lined up in EXACTLY straight lines and making those that parked slighly skew to repark. This caused a big tailback onto the main road but they were the lucky ones -I would have sat in my car longer if I had known how cold and miserable it was going to be just hanging around waiting for something to happen. The PA system was so tempermental that they should have abandoned it & just got on with the race. The race itself was fine although certainly not 50% grass as stated - it was mainly running through fields, on a kind of furrowed track. It was very hard to overtake people most of the time. The marshalls were good though, very encouraging and lots of them. There was a really good atmosphere at the end. I think the main problem with the race was the weather - a bit of sunshine would have transformed it. Date of review: September 13, 2005