In short: Tough, well organised race but please do something about the mud In full: A glance at the course profile (if one were to be published) would show very little flat and a fair selection of nasty hills in the 13.1 miles. However, completely closed roads, good marshalling and decent support make this a good race. My only complaint is the mud in the main field and the car parks. I got out early but I'll guess that lots of people needed to be pushed out of the car parks. The organisers know it's likely to be wet so need to come up with a solution. Date of review: November 1, 2010
In short: Not bad, not spectacular, just average In full: A nice weekday evening 10k over a pleasant, challenging route. They've put all the tough hills in the second half of the race then topped it off with a nasty final km on some undulating trails through the park. That makes for a good challenge but stuffs up your PB chances. The organisation was fine. Not the best I've ever seen but it all happened without any problems... except for a slightly chaotic start. Let us shuffle forward to the start line before firing the gun please. Date of review: August 6, 2010
In short: Flat? I don't think so! In full: One of the best organised races I've done. Well done to Abingdon Amblers. My only complaint is that it is definatley not flat! Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: Heat, hills and wilting runners In full: The fabulous scenery couldn't disguise a tough, undulating course on a hot day. I thought I would melt at mile 4 as we took in the views across the New Forest and frequent water stations were essential. Stampeding ponies added a little extra challenge to the race. But the organisation was superb and the support from local people was very good. Date of review: September 17, 2006
In short: Well organised, fast course, made for PBs In full: The second annual trip to Silverstone and another PB. The organisation is faultless and although the course is uninspiring, it is fast. This year the wind seemed colder and stronger, which made the last couple of miles hard work, but that's forgotten the moment you come round the final bend to see the Silverstone finish line and grandstands ahead of you.
What impressed me most this year was that my supporters, who decided that they wanted to run, were able to enter on the day and it cost the same as my entry. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Who got the fiver? Not me :-( In full: And I thought the Cliveden cross country was tough! It's a walk in the park compared to this. The 1 mile hill at the start should have given me a clue. By the third nightmare hill I was walking and I was almost on my hands and knees up the final steps. But the views are glorious, the marshalls are encouraging, the final stretch to the finish is the best in any race I've ever done and you are then fed soup and cheese rolls. Well done to Dr Rob and his team :-) Date of review: January 1, 2006
In short: Well organised end to the year In full: Well done to Bedford Harriers for a well organised race. The marshals were plentiful and vocal, although the local support was a little sparse. The course is very scenic, running mostly on small roads and through villages. Although there are no really challenging hills there is enough up and down to add a bit of a challenge and the incline on the last mile really saps your energy. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Scenic, well organised and with a flipping steep hill !! In full: A well organised little race over a scenic course, half on-road and half across paths and fields. Despite the unbelievably steep hill after 5k it seems to be quite a fast course and I was only 30 seconds off my PB.
The Marlow 5 is the only other 5 mile race I've done and this one beats the pants off it. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Poor start spoilt a well organised race. In full: Another well organised race by Handy Cross Runners was spoilt (yet again) by a poor start. This was compounded by the large number of inexperienced runners who start too near the front and get in everyone's way in the first mile. Handy Cross make no attempt to guide runners into appropriate starting positions. If you are one of the lucky few who manage to make a good start then this is a fast course, although through the less scenic parts of Marlow. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Great event, average race. In full: As an event this is one of the greatest. Amazing crowds, slick organisation and a chance to run past some great London landmarks. As a race it is decidedly average. Unless you get a really good start it is crowded and difficult to run. I struggled to find space to run an even pace until halfway and even then I was still having to change speed more than I wanted to, to allow for slower runners around me. I'll be back but only when I've got a GFA time. Date of review: April 22, 2005