In short: Awesome scenery and clockwork organisation In full: What a fantastic race. There were bananas available before the start, bananas, jelly babies and flapjacks (ooohhhhh flapjacks) at the end as well as a free cup of tea or coffee. But it wasn't all about the food, the organisation was like clockwork, the inclnes (not real hills) seemed to fly past amongst the South Oxfordshire countryside. I had a negative split and a very satisfying comeback race. Life doesn't get much better than that (especially with a flapjack in your hand!!) Date of review: March 6, 2013
In short: Hilly yet enjoyable In full: Second time running this race. Much better weather than last year and it seemed to run more smoothly too overall. Bit crowded on the first km uphill but once it opened up it was great. Good support from locals around the course and marshalls were very good. Wouldn't say its the ideal race for beginners or those looking for PBs due to big hills at the start and the 7km mark but there is some excellent downhill parts too of course. Good finishing area with commentator mentioning people by name as they came in, and free flapjacks, bananas and jelly babies once you've handed in your chip. will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Exceptionally friendly with a flapjack at the end. In full: I've run most of the local 10Ks but never got around to this, probably because it's early in the season and I'm basically lazy and don't particularly like being wet or cold. I signed up because I'd been put off by a lousy race along a busy main road last July and barely run since. I needed to scare myself back into my kit and a race number was the only option. Even when I got there I became convinced I was going to suffer horribly because I'd worn trail shoes and very little is actually off-road, plus I was freezing. I needn't have worried. My shoes did the job fine, it was my frozen feet that were the issue and when they eventually defrosted around the 5K mark I realised I didn't appear to be getting blistered after all. From the word go the people in the race were friendly and all the way round the marshalls cheered as did groups of locals and their children. Sometimes they just happened to be out, getting into their car or walking along, but all had an encouraging word to offer. When I made it to the end I was welcomed by name and given a flapjack. It really couldn't have been a better start to my season. Thank you Goring, thank you. Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: A nice little village green race In full: The start was a little congested but otherwise a fine little race, good start and finish venue and decent weather for a change. Smooth organization as always, and the flapjacks and jelly babies at the finish were a touch of class :-) Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Rain, rain go away - and don't even think about coming back another day In full: My first running of this race and I loved it despite the atrocious weather. I'm not sure I have ever got wetter during a run, but that's not the organisers' fault and they can hardly be blamed for most of the course being underwater. In fact, I think that made the race more enjoyable and provided a real good post race buzz. Just as well I brought some dry clothes to change into straight afterwards.
The hills weren't as bad as I feared, the first 1K was a gentle uphill rise but I didn't really notice it as the pace at the start was a little slower with so many runners getting into their stride. A piece of constructive criticism would be to have the timing pens a little more defined. The one I was in was for 40-60 minutes which is obviously a pretty wide range of runners. Maybe break it down so there is a 40-50 minute section then a 50-60 minute section. May help reduce congestion on the first hill?
Hill between 7K and 8K was a little tougher and the cross wind made it quite challenging. But as I said, not as bad as I feared. But after that there is a glorious downhill finish which really helps - I loved that !!
Well done to all the organisers, marshals and volunteers. In extremely difficult conditions you did a great job and I'm sure all runners would agree and pass on their thanks to you. Date of review: March 6, 2012
In short: Terrible weather, but lovely people! In full: The weather this year was absolutely appalling, but the marshalls were still out in force, and some brave spectators too. Recommended. Date of review: March 5, 2012