In short: Wet, but fun In full: A damp day, but nice and cooling, and all in all a really good race. The course is pretty much flat all the way round (2 laps) with only a couple of short inclines. It was a bit crowded on the first lap as some of the paths are narrow so there was a bit of puddle and people dodging going on.
Loads of water stops and good marshalling - although a little bad tempered in a couple of instances "GET OFF THE PAVEMENT - STAY ON THE ROAD".
Mezza Luna, the Italian restaurant in the park and nothing to do with the race, was comically bad. We'd arrived early (as per the instructions) to pick up the number and family were going to have a bite to eat whilst I ran. Restaurant was far from full but even so had stopped serving food at 1.15pm as they "were too busy". Who could have predicted they would be busy on race day?
Lots of stuff to keep the kids happy (bouncy castles and the like), and a friendly crowd of runners and supporters.
Really enjoyable day, and a very usable running shirt to take away. Thanks to the organisers, will definitely be back next year.
In short: Beautiful scenery, well organised In full: Run through the beautiful grounds of Wilton House, this is entirely off road, and has a bit of a hill at about 3.5 km and again at 7 km. The run itself was great, but there were a couple of niggles with the organisation: Firstly I almost didn't turn up - the flier (which I didn't look at until the morning of the race)stated a 10.00am start - I'd got it in my diary from somewhere that it was 11.00am. I noticed this at about 10.30am when we were just leaving (oops) - luckily I checked the website which had big red letters saying that the race was actually at 11.00am.
Secondly, last year was lovely for the kids as they played in the adventure playground in the grounds of Wilton House - this year the elf and safety police were out and they were shouted off the wooden climbs, which was a shame.
All in all a very good race though. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Well organised, beautiful scenery In full: Challenging, mostly off-road 10k, with some challenging hills. Very well organised, marshalled (2 water stops) and signed. Great atmosphere at the start and finish, and beautiful views along the way. Highly recommended - thanks to the organisers for a great event. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Great atmosphere, beautiful scenery In full: A lovely atmosphere at the start and finish in the village school playground. Good organisation too, and a good warm up was put on too. Km markers were pretty accurate according to my Garmin, apart from the 10th - which was about 1.5km - making the distance just over 10.4km. That, combined with the hills, mean a PB was off the cards. Great race however, and congrats to all the organisers. Very good marshalling round the course, and lots of support coming through the village. Date of review: September 19, 2010
In short: Lovely scenery, interesting course, and hot In full: Good race, well organised at the start and well marshalled and supported around the course. Lots of water and pieces of orange at the end, and a nice mug. It was a boiling day, and the only niggle (same as last year by the looks of it) was that there was only one water stop. I took my own water bottle, but would have been gasping otherwise.
All in all a really good race though - thanks to the organisers. Date of review: June 27, 2010
In short: Beautiful location; and hot In full: Well organised, and beautiful scenery - running past rhinos and ostriches on the way out of the park. The discount for race spectators to get into the park was not particularly generous, so it is quite expensive for the family unless you plan to spend the whole day there. It was really hot and a lot of the course is up moderate hills, so I doubt there would be many PBs.
All in all a good race - and next year, if the weather is up to it again, we'll budget to stay longer after the event to see if we can spot the elusive leopards. Date of review: May 23, 2010
In short: Glorious day, and good multi-terrain route In full: A very enjoyable 10k; the weather was glorious and the route was interesting taking in roads, grass, and almost sandy tracks. Marshalling was good, friendly and clapping people on.
Not sure what happened to the announced "warm up" by LA Fitness at the start? The only drinks stop was at 6k and I was certainly looking forward to it by then as it was quite a warm day. The km markers at 8km and 9km were well short of my Garmin reading and the last 1km a lot longer (I'm sure it wasn't all psychological). Anyway I managed a PB and would definitely do it again.
Nice goody bags at the end, + a medal and of course a hot cross bun. Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: Glorious location and well organised In full: A really enjoyable run; beautiful seaside scenery, well organised, good signage, and the weather was perfect; cool but sunny. Nice quick flat course, other than short uphill stretch at the zig-zags, and a nice T-shirt and medal at the end. Thanks to all the organisers - I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Beautiful, scenic, fast course In full: A really enjoyable event. Regular, well-manned water stations, scenic, mostly flat route looping out and back along the beautiful Woodford Valley. Friendly bunch of runners and well organised start and finish, with good signage along the route. There was a fair amount of traffic on some of the small country roads which necessitated some weaving from one side of the road to the other at certain points, but most drivers were very polite and considerate (apart from one old couple who were gesticulating wildly from their car in an odd, but futile attempt to herd everyone onto a very narrow pavement!).
Great event, well done and thanks to all the organisers.
In short: Great atmosphere, scenic finish running towards Longleat house, and yes a couple of nice hills to climb In full: I was a little nervous about the hills having read the reviews of last year's race, but they weren't that awful. There is plenty of time to recover in between and the finish is long, straight and flat. The organisation was good and parking plentiful and close to the start line. A really enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning. Date of review: February 7, 2010