In short: Wonderful event, generous goody bag, friendly marshals, testing course In full: I have run this event since 1991 and it is always been a friendly run but where did the hills come from? Now that it is a certified 10 mile race it should be advertised as a "Tough Ten" as others are, which are less challenging.
Thanks to the marshals who were all cheerful and encouraging, but there are a few road crossings which should have been marshalled properly.
I really enjoyed the challenge of the new route and of course will be back next year to add to my collection of race mugs.
In short: Nice hilly run In full: Nice run and well organised . I do wonder why we are chip timed. According to my chip time I easily won one of the age groups but according to the gun time I didn't. I thought that the chip time was there to help runners out at the back being given the same chance of winning as the ones in the front Date of review: October 30, 2013
In short: Superb as always. My sixth consecutive time!!!! In full: Now extended to 10 miles (previously 9 miles, then 9.5 miles) and different route with more hills so a good challenging run. The live band belting out classics at the start/finish is always unique to start and finish a race! Well organised, attended , great marshalls and supporters along the route which is mixture of great countryside views and residential roads. The weather was best I've experienced in my 6 years and the very generous goodie bag (t-shirt, mug, mars bar, energy drink, water bottle) is a great bonus.
I highly recommend this race.
Thank you Ricky Road Run for one of my highlight races of the year - Please keep up the great work and I'll keep on coming back for the race mug! Date of review: October 29, 2013
In short: Hilly ans Windy In full: Having run over 20 Ricky Road Runs (inc the Ricky 9's)I have always found it a resonable race to do. It is local for me which is why I keep going back. Not sure why the St John caravan and vehicles need to park just in front of the start reducing the road width by over half. Not a PB course due to the hills. Goodie bag (cotton shoe bag) is OK with cotton T shirt, coffee mug, sports drink etc BUT very disappointed only small or medium T shirts available. I ran 10 miles for a t shirt which doesn't fit! Date of review: October 29, 2013
In short: Did someone add some extra hills this year? In full: Really enjoyed the run which was made special by excellent organisation and happy cheering marshalls. Goodie bag always a winner Date of review: October 29, 2013
In short: I always seem to forget how hilly this one really is ...! In full: Around each corner seemed to be another hill - always going UP! Until mile 9, then it's a beautiful downhill coast all the way to the motorway bridge, a sprint for the line, and a first-rate goody bag and mug. The band rockin' their socks off at the start sends you off in good spirit! As enjoyable as ever. Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Great value and atmosphere In full: My first time at what is one of my local races.
Parking can be a bit problematic, but if you get there early enough you can use the leisure centre car park further down Sheperds Lane (I live close enough to cycle). If you're coming by tube it's roughly a half hour walk from Ricky station.
Very friendly atmosphere, tea and coffee available at the clubhouse before the race, not too many toilets, and you can leave your bags in the clubhouse.
The race starts just under the M25 bridge, passing a live band (playing Highway to Hell!), before heading out of town. Most of the race actually takes place around Chorleywood and into Bucks rather than in Ricky; for viewing along the route, friends/family could go to Chorleywood and Chalfont & Latimer tube stations as the race passes nearby. Three water points (it's partially organised by the local water company) along the route.
Fairly undulating route, nice autumn colours, but nice downhill finish back under the bridge. Most of the roads aren't closed, but the traffic wasn't too bad.
Decent goody bag for the price (mug, t-shirt, mars bar, fizzy drink). The clubhouse does beers afterwards if you're up for that.
Surreal moment of the day: overtaking two vintage steam engines on one of the back roads. Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: friendly, undulating, good value for money In full: I have to say i had mixed feeling with this race, The pros: a very friendly atmosphere, a very nice and in parts challenging coarse, good support from the locals, well marshaled, with reasonably accurate mile markers. and good value for money. The cons: parking wasn't great, the start was very congested in the narrow roads, and the obligatory lack of Toilets. and apart from my stomach cramps which was no fault of the organisers, it was an enjoyable day. Date of review: October 27, 2013
In short: Good but not quite great In full: Difficult parking, long queue for loos, and start line under a bridge with the M25 above didn't create a great first impression. Things got better from then on - well signposted and marshalled, proper goody bag, rock band playing "Highway to Hell" at the start, and chip timing were all good. Course is "interesting" - up and downhill all the way, scarcely a flat moment. Some roads closed, the rest not busy. Course mainly through fields and affluent dormitory towns, scenery OK but not breathtaking. Nice enough local race. Date of review: October 27, 2013