In short: The last 3k will get you! In full: Really pleasant scenery made even better with the first couple of km downhill. But you know what goes down must go up & that was the last few km of the race. Nothing steep, you could certainly still run up it but it did eat away at your time. It made seeing the finishing line even sweeter though.
Free parking was laid on at the village hall & local school, & the start line was in between the two so you didn't need to walk far.
This wasn't a 'all the frills' kind of race but I think that was nice & gave it it's charm. The route was a perfect setting for a crisp winter's day & we only came across a few cars.
Great race to start the year. Date of review: January 14, 2013
In short: Great little local race In full: Charming local race with a good set up. The only downside with the organisation was the 25 min delay at the start. We were told it was only going to be 10 mins about 20 mins before we lined up & we were left waiting longer & longer at the start line & we all got a bit cold. I understand something might have happened to a runner from an earlier race so if that was the case then I'm glad the organisers were taking the appropriate action.
The course was a bit narrow at times so made overtaking a bit hard. We also had to run on the road for parts but the organisers had put plenty of signs up to warn drivers so personally I felt quite save.
The hill at the end wasn't too bad, it lasted about 1k but wasn't too steep. Just at a cruel part in the race so save some energy for that!
Was able to get parked ok & there were plenty of marshals around to help direct you to parking.
There was a really friendly atmosphere with this race & had a 'local race' charm to it. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In full: Great little 5k to burn up some of that Christmas day food!
Route was a couple of laps around Aylesbury so the scenery wasn't too picturesque but the atmosphere in the town was good. Lots of turns & a few cobbled street sections so may not be a PB course but there wasnt a huge field of runners so it didn't get too crowded.
Bargain price & a brilliant medal plus a handy location make this a great little race. Date of review: January 1, 2012
In full: Race HQ was at a local school & there seemed to be enough free parking to accomodate everyone. You had to collect your number on the day but when I got there, there wasn't any queues.
The route started out as quite flat along the canal towpath which was fine. Being a slower runner, I positioned myself towards the back so I wasn't blocking up the path for the faster runners. Parts of the path were wide enough to over-take although if you are a faster runner still best to get near the front.
After 5-6 miles, there is a long climb up hill but was worth it as shortly afterwards we were able to run through some beatiful woodland.
Unfortunately we weren't there too long before we started working our way back to the canal towpath for the last 3 miles.
Overall the race was fine, I was doing it off the back of an injury though so I didn't enjoy it as much as I probably could.
In short: Small & scenic In full: There was only a small field of runners so if you're slow like me, be prepared to spend a long time running on your own. Not that I minded as it was a lovely route.
A few friendly marshals along the way but very well sign-posted so you wouldn't get lost.
With it being just a small local race, there was no fancy thrills but it didn't matter. There was free parking close to the start which was very useful, probably could have done with an extra toilet though.
Overall, a friendly litte race with a lovely scenic route. Date of review: September 18, 2011
In short: Too tough on a windy day In full: Only a small locally organised race so had a nice feel to it.
My biggest issue was that although it was quite scenic, parts of the route were very exposed to the elements. On a very windy day like today it made it so tough. The wind was so strong it ripped part of my race number off!
There were also long stretches of the route which had no marshals, I understand that it might be hard to get enough people to help but going over 2 miles on open roads without seeing one was a bit unsettling.
Everything else seemed fine though, they provided free parking very close to the start, had a nice race village & had 3 water stations. Bargin price & a medal too. Date of review: September 11, 2011