In short: On a good day with no ice and a bit warmer and possibly not so close to Christmas, this would be my 10k race of the Year In full: This really was a lovely race. The parking was well organised, the race organiser John Cummins was very involved and friendly, the music playing in the Cricket Club reminded me that Christmas was still in full swing, and made it feel like this was less of a race to feel intimidated by, but to enjoy. I travelled 110 miles to do the race, and it took me next to no time to do so.
We were unfortunate to have a heavy burst of rain and then it freeze, which did leave the iciest race conditions I have come across on the road, and although some of it had thawed by 10.30, there was still enough to be worried about. Maybe next time this happens, the race organisers could have a bucket of grit for runners to dip their shoes into before they warm up to help clear the ice before the race!
It is about as flat as a race will get, a few little inclines, but much flatter than any other 10k I have done including Leeds, Milton Keynes, Manchester, possibly Amsterdam (less turns and less uneven ground than Amsterdam), New Year Day 10k, Silverstone, Candleford Canter. So when they say that it is flat, they mean it! Definite 10k potential. If that is not enough, great atmosphere and scenic too. Perhaps next year I will miss mad dancing on Boxing Day and give this race a bit more respect! Thank you John! Date of review: December 28, 2004