In short: A good race. In full: Plenty of info sent out by the organisers which helps, good parking and facilities at the start also. A very flat course but this was someone what negated by some pretty strong cross winds but that's obviously nobodys fault. The only critism I have, and it's been the same all year is lack of bottled water during the race. When you are on the go in high winds I find I spill most of it from a cup. I would rather pay £1 more and get bottles along the way. Nice touch with the sponges and brilliant support all the way round. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: A great race. In full: Organisers started the race an hour earlier than the previous year but it was still very hot...to be honest even if it was started at 9 it would've been too hot, but certainly worth considering a 9 start as I'm sure people don't travel more than a hour for a 10 k and it gives you the rest of the day to yourself. Plenty of uphills but plenty of downhills to fill yourself full of air. Great parking, great recovery centre, great organisation, great marshalling and riduculously quick times posted at the end. You will not be disappointed! Date of review: July 4, 2011
In short: Brilliant..... In full: What an honour to race for Help for Heroes with so many of our brave armed forces perticipating. Great parking, well organised and a lovely route obviously planned by a runner themselves.
The only negative is that despite being sponsored by ICENI water the water stations gave out cups as opposed to bottles of water......a tiny negative!
This race was superb, A great finish, chip timing and a wonderful goody bag. Great support on the way and the organiser kept me updated with changes all week via E- Mail over any changes made. Deserves to succeed and a great charity...will only get better. Date of review: June 12, 2011
In full: Plenty of parking and toilet facilities at the start, well marshalled, good support throughout and lovely rolling course. Quite a strong cross wind but plenty of hedgerows for cover. 3 water stations was more than enough but only complaint is that I prefer a bottle of water as opposed to a cup. Good turn out from lots of local teams, will definately have another go. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In full: I was disappointed with this race. £20 entry + £3 parking makes it very costly considering there is no chip timing and no bottled water. Considering the heat, having children handing out tumblers of water made it difficult to cope at times. The track is very gritty and too many sharp bends and cambers did not help my kness on the way back from a stress fracture. A good race for a beginner who wants their family to be entertained whilst they run but very poor value for money. I wanted to be able to come back for the 12th June and keep coming year after year but never again I'm afraid. Date of review: April 24, 2011
In full: The course is fairly undulating but fairly traffic free and the glorious sunshine really added to the sense of the spring in the air. I enjoyed the modifications to the course with the finish now being a gentle downhill. The changing/toilet facilities at the beginning were a bit cramped and I think for race of this length bottled water could be provided as opposed to a cup where the majority gets spilled. Nice idea to provide a hat in the goody bag that will get a lot more use than a t-shirtâ€¦nice race for a spring assault on the marathons. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In full: weather was poor but not much they can do about that..not sure the roads were sutiable for the amount of runners..nice touch having your name read out at the end though. Date of review: November 29, 2009
In full: This race sits beautifully in the calender as a return to racing after the FLM. It is a rolling sympathetic course run in idyllic forest surroundings,traffic free, excellently marshalled and organised by arguably Britain's most fun and friendliest running club. A must for any runner who has forgotten why they run....