In short: Mud sun and scenery In full: It was very muddy in parts but there's always a chance that will happen in a race so much off road. Lovely scenery at times with very supportive marshals. 2 drink stations and jelly babies are a nice touch. Race with a real local feel ideal for beginners Date of review: May 26, 2014
In short: Nice run along the river Thames In full: Unfortunately due to the heavy rain on the previous day, the course was very muddy for several stretches of the race. This added additional challenges especially at the ‘kissing’ gates where the ground was particularly bad.
To further rule out any chance of a PB, I was with a group of runners who somehow managed to go the wrong way during the last km. Not too sure how this happened, but we ended up having to queue to climb a fence as well as running an extra 100 meters or so – this added an extra 40-50 seconds to our times which was a bit frustrating. Maybe the final stages of the race could have been better marked out – something to sort out for next year?
Saying all of the above, this is a nice flat run along the Thames and one I would do again – hopefully when it hasn’t rained the day before though!
In short: Lovely mix of tracks and road, great marshals In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race and, despite it being very muddy and had to wait for about 3mins while people avoided the muddy puddles (slightly frustrating, just get your feet muddy next time!), it was a decent course. Two water stops, clear markers and lots of support from the excellent marshal team. Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: An annual must In full: I try and run this every year. A great route and a really nice place to start and finish with plenty for family to keep themselves occupied while waiting. The course is fantastic for all runners at all levels. The immediate race chip timing results on display is always a great touch. Date of review: May 31, 2013
In short: nice and flat but narrow in places In full: It was a very hot day so I was very glad of the early start, the full bottles of water and the flat route. There were quite a few places where it was single file / stop-start which was tough, and I actually had to ask a marshall for directions within a mile, which should never happen. The marshalls could have been a bit more supportive generally, some looked bored/tired/hot, but they couldn't have been as tired or hot as the runners. Date of review: June 2, 2012
In short: Lovely run through the countryside on the banks of the Thames, great marshals, good organisation In full: Great organisation, friendly frequent marshals, good public support, good range of speeds - the beginner would feel welcome, but the competitive people had company too. Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Scenic flat multi-terrain route by the Thames on very sunny day! In full: Good multi-terrain course, about half roads and half tow path/fields. Narrow paths and gates are to be expected in multi-terrain races, plus the marshalls held all the kissing gates open for us, which was nice!
Very hot day this year, which made the last few kilometres tough! Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Lovely location, good atmosphere In full: My first 10k so not much to judge it by, other than other sports events I or the kids have been involved in.
I thought it was a nice, mixed course. Very enjoyable. I expect for those a lot faster than me it could have been frustrating, with kissing gates and single file sections, but that's pretty clear in advance from the comments from previous years.
In short: is it a race or a fun run ? In full: Nice race HQ + carpark. Those were the good points.... Too many kissing gates to squeeze through - no hope of a pb here, Ideal for a lazy sunday jog, or a walk with the dog if you have one. and that's about it. Forget it if you don't like cows, as you share a field of them for a while.( so best not walk the route with the dog then ) Course was overcrowded this yr, so the narrow sections+gates were bottlenecks. Town centre had a coach sat loading right on the route, so had to go past it on the ( open to traffic ) road, so no, I did not enjoy this years run. needs to improve, or think about a change to it's identity ? is it a "run" or a race ? or mass participation event ? A new route would work wonders. even reversing the direction would help massively.
In short: Lovely area and multi terrain route with PB potential In full: A great race for 1st time 10K runners with enough onsite to keep family entertained whilst you run. A lovely route very close to the historical town of Wallingford. The multi terrain, picturesque race route has no problems and no hills. Any single file areas pose no problems so long as you positioned yourself in the correct line up for your race time. The disposable timing chip/bands worked a treat and the self access to the race times database onsite was a nice touch. Date of review: June 6, 2011