In short: Hot, hard race in a wonderful setting In full: The event was well organised and the support from the spectators and marshals was great. The help from the children at the water stations and at the end was great to see. It was a really hot day, so a PB would be hard to come by. Quite a hilly course, and most of it was off road, had to be careful when running through fields as there were alot of rabbit holes, and there were alot of stiles to cross but the running through the scenery the route went through made it worth it. At the finish there was a medal, t-shirt, powerade drink and a doughnut to make all the good work you just done worth while :) Date of review: July 10, 2010
In short: great location, great organisation, great event In full: Did this one last year, ( 1hr44) so knew about the lumpy bits, and after last weeks cross country 10k at Watlington, these Adderbury hills were nothing to worry about :-)
That said, I had to stop to adjust my laces twice in the first 3 miles, and ran to suit the weather - was hoping for cool rain on the day, but got 30 degrees + sunshine instead. so no chance of a pb or anything like it... hope to have crept in under 2hrs.
And a maths test at mile 9 ( "what's 10 + 6 =" my answer was 16 )from one of the many marshalls added to the fun + proved my brain hadn't been completely fried in the heat.
Moocows well behaved, as were the horses + sheep, whose fields we shared for a while.
Got a finishers medal+tshirt+sports drink + rather tasty doughnut, which was great.
Car park was great to, the 3 or so rare breed sheep-with-horns-on didn't seem bothered by the influx of cars into their home.
Overall, a good event + recomended, just expect/train for hills + forget about your eternal pb reduction quest and you should enjoy the scenery as you pass through it. some of which is not open to the public. Go on, give it a go ! Date of review: July 10, 2010
In short: Fantastic multi-terrain HM but VERY hilly and stiley! In full: Well that was... BRUTAL!!!!
Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez. I have never been so hot in my entire lifetime (Got the impression a good number of runners didn't even turn up due to the 30 degree heat this year)
Considering my road PB is 1.39, I'm pretty happy with my result of 1.47 - considering the sweltering climes and there were about 5/6 hills, it was multi-terrain, there were about 10 stiles to climb over and a few fields to dodge cows in!!!
A fantastic race though. Atmosphere and organisation were superb - seamless.
A few kids races at the start - we got there early so saw these, so cute.
10k and HM set off at the same time which was a bit odd as I could have sworn I'd read that 10k was meant to start before - oh well, didn't cause any problems for me.
No timing pens or anything although runners running 1.10 - 1.20 were told to be at the front - at this point, everyone moved back!
Soooooo hot even just standing before the race but spirits were high and very friendly bunch. Got a mile in and was absolutely hating it - actually considered pulling out around mile 3 - what a wimp! But soldiered on through pleasant local scenery taking in some childhood haunts - through church yards, fields and then onto some narrow towpath which had a big muddy splodgey puddle in which I got my precious Glides grubby in.
Continued up the tow path for a few more miles, passing a few people but mainly just sticking behind this guy I was using as a pacer (thanks whoever you are).
Lots of hedgerow to run through - really itchy on the legs but not a massive problem and obviously it's nature, what can you do!
Water stations were REALLY well manned and there was plenty of fluid to go around - was able to chuck a few cups over myself AND carry full bottles around for the next few miles - really appreciated it.
Hills were a KILLER. There were a LOT as well - and I thought Chiltern Chase was hilly - compared to this, that was a walk in the park!
Talked to a few runners along the route, 90% of people didn't have iPods - I don't think others would have appreciated people wearing iPods at this event.
Ran in shade whenever possible but at most times was in the blazing sun. Lots of rabbit holes to dodge and cow pats to run around and in the later stage of the race, there were a LOT of stiles to climb over (possibly 10?)
Missed seeing mile 12 but I think it was there - as all the other mile markers were and then looped back round through the churchyard again before springint to the home straight and then the finish.
Finished in 1.47.59 - not sure what time it'll come out as in their results as it wasn't chip timed - just people writing it down on a clipboard but still, didn't run it for the time - enjoyed the course thoroughly, if only it were 5 degrees cooler, it would have been ideal as it felt like a slog because of the heat.
In short: 13 miles of mixed surface fun. In full: loved it, will be back for 2010. great route, bit lumpy, otherwise fine. towpath section a bit narrow, but allows for a "recovery" mile :-) in between faster ones. Nice-but-naughty fresh doughnut afterward, and in a good location. Date of review: June 11, 2010