In short: Will be back next year, great value, well organised In full: I did the 20 miler again this year and enjoyed it more than last time as I had done more training, knew about the navigation and it wasn't as hot!
I will be back next year.
It still surprises me the number of runners with no directions or maps! All the info states it is self-navigation, so bring the info and don't blindly follow other runners.
That being said I like the camaraderie involved on these type of events, and everyone was v friendly.
This is a challenge make no mistake, but a fun one.
This race is a bargain.
My only disappointment this year was the bag at the finish. Please bring back the buffs/water bottles from last year. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Amazing race, but v tough and hot, at least for me! In full: This year I moved up from the half marathon to the full marathon. It was v tough on my legs, with some hard climbs, but I will be back next year! It was great having more marshalls and markers this year, so I didn't get lost! I hope that this is the case going forward and not just a 1 off for the world championship selection! It really is an amazing area to run in and I recommend you run either the marathon or half marathon before it gets too popular. Many thanks to all the marshalls and organisers. Date of review: June 3, 2013
In short: Great race, well organised, good route In full: Ran this race in June and it was the same route in Dec, but oh so different to to run it! Think both are great local races. The numbers have increased from June to Dec, but not too many people. A couple of steep hills in there, but the descents are great. So cheap in comparison to other races. I'll be back for both races next year! Date of review: December 4, 2012
In short: Top notch race In full: I'm biased as I am from Tring and run with the club. But this is a great race, which offers value, great organisation and an excellent route. I would love to run it every year but I'll be out marshalling next year! All different abilities run this race which is great. Run this race before it gets too popular! Date of review: October 18, 2012
In short: Well organised, hilly 10km In full: 1st time I've done this one but I will definitely be back. A couple of decent hills in the race, but 2 steep descents which were welcome. It was dry so made the hills easier! Well marked via trees and arrows. Due to the small number of runners sometimes felt like you were out with no one else around! Small race but should grow as great value for money. Overall v well organised and marshalled with a water station, which was unexpected. Also plenty of red kites keeping an eye on all the runners! Date of review: July 1, 2012
In short: Well organised, flat, fast 10km In full: Well organised local road race. Flat and fast. Well done to the organisers on re-arranging the start/finish given the wet weather. Phoenix trail makes for a nice traffic free 2nd half of the race. Decent goody bag with a proper chocolate bar! T-shirt and medal. Medal with the name of race / date on them would be a plus. Overall a good, flat well organised race. Date of review: June 28, 2012
In short: Great race, good organisation, v hot In full: This was my 1st time running this race, but I will definitely be back. The only downside was that it was 3 laps and it was v hot, but never got bored just hot! The course was flat, well marshalled, 1 water station per lap and had good support. It had a great atmosphere with plenty of supporters and the animals to keep you company! It is good value as you get free entry into the park. The medal and goody bag had plenty in it (water, banana, pen, pencil, cake). I'll be back. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Decent race, but needs to be traffic free for safety In full: I would do this race again because it is close to where I live.
Positives are the downhill finish and decent scenery for a road race. Generally the organisation was efficient.
I agree with another reviewer that it was hard work getting the chip off at the end, so maybe use cable or bag ties to fasten chips through the laces.
The major negative was that it has become increasingly dangerous due to their being 2 way traffic on most of the route. With 1500+ runners doing the race it would be better if 1 side of the road was shut off. I understand that this may be expensive, but would be a great addition.
Obviously the weather was awful and I felt for the marshals, but more support from them would have been nice!