In short: A small race with no frills, but a good run In full: This is a true village race with no frills. There's one loo for men and one for women, and no changing facilities at all. With about 100 runners (mostly club runners, and mostly people who know each other), it's a small group and most are fairly fast paced. I ran towards the back as a newer and slower runner, but managed to keep a good pace. It's not a flat course, but not too steeply hilly either - I managed to be only 5 seconds off my PB, so no complaints there! But there's no crowd support at all, and with a strict headphone ban in place and the quiet country lanes, it's a tough mental challenge to stay motivated with absolutely nothing to listen to apart from the slap of trainers and people gasping for breath!! A beautiful course to run, though, and I'll definitely do it again next year. However, for the price paid (about £12), all you get is a cheap little generic 10k medal. No road closures, no chip timing, one toilet per gender, no bag storage etc. Date of review: June 27, 2014
In short: Atrocious conditions didn't diminish the friendliness of the marshals or the beauty of the course In full: It was such a shame it was pouring down with rain even before the start of this race, but that didn't stop it being a beautiful course and a very well run race. Only 71 runners but we all made it to the end!
Only thing I would have changed would have been to have a 'tuck shop' at the end. I was promising myself a Mars bar or a can of coke (or both!) all the way round, but sadly there was only a barbecue. As I'm a veggie that wasn't much consolation!
Many thanks to all the marshals who stood out in the rain - a great race that is firmly in my annual race calendar now. Date of review: July 4, 2013
In short: Fantastic little race. In full: I turned up worried that this was going to be a small, fast race and I'd be left at the back. Turns out there was a very broad range of abilities, and lovely atmosphere amongst the runners. Beautiful country lanes, sneaky uphill about 1 mile to go, but lovely flat run in to the finish. Date of review: July 3, 2012
In full: Mildly challenging Thursday night race... Ideal conditions... Well marshalled, and well organised... Dodgy bit just after start, 150mtrs of cut grass... And numbers stightly disappointing, but not really aware of what to expect on a Thursday night... On the whole enjoyable-ish experience... Date of review: July 2, 2011
In short: a great race with PB potential, nice undulating course but not to hilly, suitable for beginners and more experienced runners. Nice medal for all finishers and results on the web site very quickly. Date of review: July 1, 2011
In short: Fantastic race. Lovely course and great atmosphere. In full: What a cracking race! Parking was dead easy, stepped out of the car and more-or-less onto the start line so it doesn't get any easier than that. We set off for a circuit round the common which included a very short section on the grass then it was off into quiet country lanes. The course is predominantly flat with just the odd lump here and there but as has been said, the downhill sections are longer that the uphill sections so no worries there. Nice medal at the end plus a burger from the Scouts' BBQ then a pint in The Bell to finish off a great evening. Would I do it again? Most definitely! Date of review: July 1, 2011
In short: Another very well oprganised race from the Stampede sports stable! This has got to e one of the most scenic of all races on the calender with the National Trust property, Great Chalfield manor as the backdrop! Date of review: July 1, 2011
In short: Excellent race. Great location and organisation. In full: Undulating, but the long steady downhills compensate for the ups. Lovely evening run on very quiet roads. Well marked. Deserves to be a classic 10K. Date of review: July 1, 2011