In short: Lovely scenic route, super marshals, well organised In full: Agree that the small field adds to the friendly atmosphere. Parking, registration, loos, changing, refreshments and start all conveniently at one location. Water, jelly babies and Jaffa cakes every three miles. Water, banana and fig rolls at the finish. The marshals were absolutely brilliant, especially the lady at the Ironbridge car park at the end of the out and back section. Loved the scenic variety of the course - quiet country lanes, fields, and woodland trails, which would indeed be slippery in the wet. No goody bag, just a generic medal. Top three finishers in each category received Gold, silver or bronze medals in a podium presentation.
In short: Always a great race, whatever the weather In full: Horrible conditions this year, but an invigorating and totally enjoyable run despite these. Lovely warm and cosy race HQ, enthusiastic brass band, fabulous marshals, value goodie bag and medal. What's not to love about this race? Date of review: December 12, 2014
In short: Scenic, friendly and well organised. In full: Did this race for the first time, and loved it despite the weather. Car parking and race HQ really well organised. As a slow (2+hr) runner, I had to work my way back through the whole field from the start line to get to my start position, but that was no big hassle. The course was great; the hill at the start not as steep as I'd feared, and then it's level for 10 miles and certainly conducive to a good time. Bottled water every three miles, and a medal & cotton t-shirt at the finish. Lots of home made cakes were very welcome. All in all, an excellent race, and I'll definitely be doing it every year from now on. Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: An annual must-do race for me. In full: Picturesque village, plenty of parking, flat course, lots of support, and good food / visitor options afterwards. Agree with previous review re bottlenecks around the course - starting pens would be a good idea. A great day out for runners and supporters. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Flat and averagely scenic, but not PB material. In full: Glorious weather and little wind helped make the race as enjoyable as it was. Easy parking, good value goody bag (and very good value 1st M50 prize won by my husband). Traffic free and pancake flat, but not a PB course I don't think because of the number of sharp turns and bends. Could have done with a couple more marshalls for directions, and the prize giving "ceremony" was a bit of a farce. Plenty of restaurant options for lunch right at the finish. Overall, a pleasant, beginner-friendly and stress-free 10K. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Good value and scenic In full: Thoroughly enjoyable race. About 50/50 roads and canal towpath/woodland trail/fields. Flat and scenic, with friendly encouraging marshals. Bonus of free photos from Bryan Dale. Very warm today, so it was hard work but at least it was dry underfoot. Would be pretty muddy and slippery in wet weather. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: Free race photos In full: Forgot to mention in my original review (which I can't edit) - great to get FREE race photos from Bryan Dale, at racephotos.org.uk. An excellent service. Date of review: August 31, 2012
In short: Friendly, well organised, scening and great value. In full: Hill - what hill? It wasn't pancake flat all the way around, but the long scenic stretches by the mere and along the canal were lovely to run along. I achieved a PB - admittedly only my 4th 10K, but a minute faster than my previous best. And with such a good selection of home made goodies at the end, and a well organised car park and race HQ, it's definitely a race I'll be doing again. Date of review: August 27, 2012