In short: As good as it gets for a race like this In full: This really is an excellent example of a locally-organised 10 mile race. No flashy gimmicks, gaudy medals or pointless goody-bags, this is simply a well-run and enjoyable event. The organisation was spot on, with the school providing an excellent base. The course is very scenic, though the hills mean that this isn't one for the PB-chasers. The average standard here is pretty high but it is by no means an "exclusive" event, with slowcoaches like me getting just as enjoyable experience as those at the front of the pack. Pretty hard to see what you would change for this one. Also, I should give credit to the marshalls and particularly the cubs/ scouts manning the water stations, who did a really good job. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Challenging run! In full: This was my first time running the Alton Ten and I was shocked by the amount of club racers! As a non-club member I was definitely in a minority, but that's not really a bad thing.
Race was tough with lots of inclines and declines, and I was shocked in the last mile when I realised I was heading for a PB, and I managed to scrape over a minute of my previous time.
Organisation could have been better - as a previous comment states, the safety instructions at the start were impossible to hear, and as someone who was close to the front at the start, I couldn't make out what was being said at all.
No goody bag, but in all a challenging and fast race, partly due to the quality of the runners! Date of review: May 17, 2014
In short: A fairly challenging race, especially in the windy conditions In full: A well organised race, including ample parking. The marshall directing cars onto the field was doing a good job, but wasn't wearing a marshalls yellow bib. I think this made his job harder, as drivers weren't sure whether he "was official."
It was impossible to hear instructions at the start, even though I was standing near the front. This needs to be addressed, in future, as important safety information etc. is given out then.
Excellent service at the water stations and great encouragement from the helpers.
Disappointed however, at the lack of spectators to encourage us on route. Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: challenging run but worth the effort In full: challenging run through very pretty countryside! managed to run all the way without walking this year which is a pb for me! thanks to all marshalls and big shout out to water station scouts! thanks also to toilet guy who opened up extra lady loos! Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Great race with good support from marshals and the scouts. Undulating is under-rated...very hilly. In full: Really enjoyed this race. I have never even ran 5 or 10k, so as a real newbie I was a little intimidated but the marshals and competitors kept me going. Special thanks to the helpers at the water stops and the scouts who really kept me going. Lovely words of encouragement. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: A challenging 10 mile run with lots of undulation and a few steep bits. Good parking, timely start, nice meda and plenty of water stops. However substandard pre race communication and not even a free banana at the finish all food had to be purchased! Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Great rural road race with lots of ups and downs In full: A good little event this. Nice rural course with little traffic to contend with except on one very short stretch. It is continuously up and down so don't fly off at the start. The start has moved since the last time and so had the parking but it seemed to work ok. Refreshments laid on my the scouts but this whole affair is pretty low-key but good. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Just discovered this race - shame I missed out in previous years In full: 1st time at this one & it will not be my last. I cannot believe that a event this good was on my doorstep & I have not done it before. Well done to those who helped to put on this one. Great event. Date of review: June 1, 2012
In short: Great, challenging route through quiet country lanes In full: A particularly warm morning, after lousy weather for I don't know how long took me a bit by surprise, but this wasn't the organisers' fault! The organisation was very good, but the marshals were, on the whole, very quiet. The odd word of encouragement would have made a huge amount of difference! Also, it would help if marshals in key positions would indicate which way the runners should go, and not leave it up to the runners to ask! All told though, that's a race I'd be happy to tackle again next year. Date of review: May 16, 2012