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!
In short: well organised race, I'll be back next year In full: V well organised half marathon with good marshalling and signs. As others have mentioned more trail would have been nice, but great not having to run on roads! 1st 6 miles along the canal towpath was reasonably scenic, but the miles in the woods were much better. I was expecting more hills, but was also grateful there weren't more! Overall a good race that I will be back for next year. Date of review: November 23, 2011
In short: Well organised and great scenery In full: V well organised race. Well marshalled and signposted. Was nice running through the woods. Only downside was the start as it got quite crammed and jammed up. I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 5, 2011
In short: Hot, hot, hot, but still a great race and will be back next year In full: It has to be the hottest race I've done. Great scenery, but too hot for the hills!
I hadn't done enough training this year due to injury, but still haven't missed one yet and will continue to travel back from London for it!
The swipe card checkpoints are better than last years "dibber" system. Getting split times at the end is still a good idea.
The additional checkpoint kept people honest across the field near Bordley Farm. The unmanned checkpoints were marked more clearly with signs than last year.
My only gripe is that the t-shirts were none descript this year. The t-shirts from the 1st 2 or 3 races were great as they had the year on them, the event, and a map of the route. The ones this year simply had marathon events written on them. Please, please revert to t-shirts that explain the race that we have run.
Apart from that the organisation was fantastic as have all these races that I have run.
I will be back again next year, but I will have done more training!
I recommend you come and run this before it gets too popular. There were 225+ in the 1/2 and 90+ in the full marathon.
This is a must-do race as it is a spectacular one-off..... Date of review: June 7, 2010
In short: Well organised race In full: This was my 3rd year on the trot doing this race. It was well organised as have the other races. The only reason I am not running again is because I am looking for new race challenges, which are slightly less crammed on the route.
The pen/wave system at the start is a good idea, but I just wish people would be honest about their estimated times when entering! It just means that those behind end up passing lots of people that are walking!
The support is good all around the course and it is nice running with a reasonable number of other people, but I think the sheer numbers of people can inhibit getting a PB.
I would recommend this race more for beginners and intermediate runners looking for good support and excellent organisation. Date of review: June 3, 2010