In short: The location makes up for the other aspects In full: The beautiful Burnham Beeches in autumn is a fabulous setting for an off-road race and this 2 lap course os challenging (although nice and dry this year!). The race organisation is rather haphazard. The race email came in the night before and did not include key information. And the cost is high (admittedly it all goes to charity) when the only giveaway is a mug and a small bottle of water. Plus they charged an extra £3 to park and then you got locked in, as very few people stayed around to cheer the last runners in or have a cup of coffee at the lovely coffee shop afterwards. Friends who were beginners rather regretted taking on such a hard course, but hopefully we cheered them loudly enough that the memory of the pain will pass! Date of review: October 22, 2016
In short: Lovely off-road run through beautiful countryside but extremely pricey. In full: Low key, well organised event, with a lovely run through beautiful countryside. As someone who doesn't have any need for yet another running T shirt and medal, I prefer events to give their value from the run rather than unnecessary extras.
I ran the Ampthill Trophy the week after, just as beautiful and probably more challenging for half the price. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Huffing and puffing in the fallen leaves. In full: The course today was stretching for all comers. It was well laid out and thoughtfully marshalled allowing the protagonists to tackle it climbs and descents at their own pace without bottlenecks or aggression. I thoroughly enjoyed the work out of this scenic event. My thanks to all involved/Joe Date of review: October 19, 2013
In short: Small but perfectly formed In full: A really excellent race - smooth and very friendly organisation. The course made really good use of the woods and was challenging but not unreasonably hilly or muddy. The two lap format was actually a bonus as you could anticipate what was coming up. Parking and course limitations mean that this will always be a small low-key event but it's all the better for that. Also, excellent value - the race itself would be good value for the entry fee, let alone the T-short, mars bar, hot drink and medal. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Extremely friendly, well organised and great value In full: This is one of many off-road races that I've done in the past few years and Burnham 10k is definitely the friendliest and one of the most well organised. The scenery is beautiful and the course is challenging without being too 'extreme'. The goody bag at the end with a t-shirt (that actually fits!) a medal, a mars bar and voucher for a free cuppa just rounds off a great race. I'll definiely run it again. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In full: Third time my sister and I have run this race. We just love the scenery, the course and friendliness of this run. Our only disappointment was that we didn't know we had a complimentary drinks voucher in our goodie bag! Not a big deal, as the hot chocolate was so delicious we were more than happy to pay, but thought someone might have mentioned it, or it could have been on the top of bag not underneath the tee shirt. Def back next year tho! Thanks for great event.