In short: Well done Bearbrook - great route and organisation made for a very enjoyable Sunday morning run e In full: My local race and the first time I've been able to run it. It's a route I run anyway, but running it as a proper race was a novel experience and I already knew what to expect from the hill. Great organisation from the marshalls - they warned at the start that they had no power to stop the traffic, but at every junction they seemed to be doing a superb job of getting runners across safely without making the residents wait too long. The goody bag was spot on (snickers bar, power bar & towel as a momento) - will be back next year. Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: Well organised run In full: Well organised pleasant run to celebrate my first race as an over 65 year old. My only criticism was the start which lost me a good few seconds as I was still walking out of the gate when the gun went. Date of review: August 17, 2007
In short: The most organised race I have ever been to In full: A great race, was slightly hillier than I was expecting but really enjoyed it, the marshalls were brilliant as was the organisation. Will definatly be back next year. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Another good show by Bearbrook In full: I have done this race for three years on the trot now, and it was my first 10K two years ago. It was no surprise then that I got a PB in 2005, but each year since I have knocked another 20 secs or so off a time that had been stubbornly static over the preceding 12 months.
Very well marshalled, and nice memento in the goody back makes it good value.
The weather has been good for running over the last 3 years, so hats' off to whoever organised that - same again next year please! Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: My first running race ever and a great experience! In full: I orienteer, but took the opportunity, with the wife and kids away on holiday, to try my first ever running race to get some out-of-season training.
My preparation the night before was questionable - 4 pints of Magnums, a curry and bed at 2am - but I woke fresh to Sunday's cooler temperatures and decided to go for it.
My late registration was very quick and easy, although I didn't understand why I was asked my age AND whether I was a vet!?! With so many bushes around I found the big queues for the loos strange - the first big difference from an orienteering event!
The start was smooth, and en route I enjoyed the banter with other runners and the support from the many marshals.
The course took us through Wendover and Halton and provided glimpses of the lovely Chiltern countryside. It was very odd to think that only two weeks before I had been racing atop the same hills crashing through the mud and bracken!
I found the Bearbrook extremely well-organised with kilometer markers and water stations, and I always felt I could judge the pace.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and everyone was very friendly. Whilst not entirely converted from 'O' I'll definitely be running again! Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Classic negative split race In full: Luckily the comments on the RW forum prepared me for an awful 6k time - but the downhill gave me a 10s PB by the end! Would be even quicker without the slog around the rugby pitches - but I understand the safety reasons for moving the start.
Very nice cakes in the pavilion - worth coming back for! Towel is a nice memento too.
Superb to see top 100 results posted at 11am. Well done Bearbrook. Date of review: August 12, 2007