In short: A 140-mile round trip to get there and back... In full: ... a lovely day out and easily lived up to and exceeded expectations. Excellent facilities, brilliant HQ, very encouraging marshals ... and a nice unique memento (shot glass). Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: A very nice race, away from traffic (but not "off-road"!) In full: As it was traffic-free and parts of the route were canalside, I was expecting a tougher cross country/multi terrain race, but actually a lot of it is on paths and proper hard tracks, hence the PB potential being relatively high. The cattle creep itself (a tunnel under the canal, used for ...cattle!) wasn't the hold-up I'd expected, either, as it comes late in the race when runners are already spread out. Race HQ was well-equipped, atmosphere and marshals were excellent, and it all seemed to run very smoothly. Results were up promptly the next day. Good stuff. Date of review: June 27, 2014
In short: Stunning views - well worth the climb! In full: Not an easy race (hills, dodgy underfoot, narrow paths, gravelly climbs) but one to take slowly (for me!) in order to enjoy the run and the views, which were amazing on this clear sunny day.
Needs more toilets before the start but which race doesn't?!
Bit of conflicting info about the possibility of runners starting in waves, but organisers very friendly and helpful in giving out info on the day.
Marshals encouraging and clear, including the lady on the loudspeaker at the finish line!
Very nice medal and t-shirt, so good value. Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: One added direction arrow would have made my race :-) In full: Having never visited this park before I also managed to go wrong near the end of the lap (as a previous reviewer did), where there are several paths in different directions, and lost one place in doing so; but, having said that, I have to give full credit to the race organisers and supporters who turned out in rather cold and wet weather to enable a small race such as this to go ahead. A good-size park with plenty of parking, but no toilets open at the start. Excellent value though ... maybe just charge each runners £1 more and invest in another arrow sign! :-) Date of review: May 27, 2014
In short: Not the easiest, but one of the friendliest! In full: A challenging course with a mix of surfaces under foot, a few ups and downs to keep you guessing, and a few twists and turns (oh, and it was bloomin' hot!). BUT! Some of the most encouraging marshals around, a lovely flat tarmac-ed km or so at the end to sharpen up your sprint finish, a brilliant atmosphere at the finish line, with plenty of spectators, and entertaining commentary including mention of many individual runners as they crossed under the gantry. Plenty of parking, great facilities, no-fuss number collection, something for the whole family (including a kids' race), and it all ran as smoothly as ever. Thumbs up! Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Very nice friendly event for the lasses In full: Easy to find; plenty of parking; loos inside the venue; efficient number collection; couldn't go wrong on the course as it was around a lake and led by a bike; friendly and encouraging marshals at the finish (also the half-way point for the 10k); and a chunky medal at the end. First race in a series of four so plenty of chances to give it a(nother) go! Date of review: May 9, 2014
In short: OMG, was this hilly or what!! In full: Slightly different route from the one I did a couple of years ago. Were the hills tougher or had I just blocked them from my memory?! That said, there was certainly great support from people out on the course and also spectators lining the way to the finish line within the park. Signs were clear, easy baggage storage and reclaim, and plenty of room in the lovely Cassiobury Park for warming up/stretching etc. Results were up by the end of the day. Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: 1st class organisation; & a pretty run on a sunny evening In full: No frills, no fuss, just collect your number, run up a 2.5-mile long hill, down the other side (...with a couple more ups and downs on the way ...!), go home smug! Look up your results when they appear promptly the next day. Well done Chiltern Harriers. Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: Tough but fun! In full: No PBs on this course, but a brilliant training run with a challenge around every corner, and a fantastic downhill sprint to the finish.
There was plenty of parking, clear signage, registration was fast and efficient, no queues for the toilets, hot drinks and food available ...and the organisers even arranged for the sun to come out just before the start of the race!
The earlier suggestion that the race should have been cancelled is completely disproportionate. 99.99% of entrants seemed to have finished it quite happily, and the overall feeling in the finish area seemed to have been triumph at having conquered the mud and hills! Only 1 runner seems to have found it a little bit too difficult for his liking ;-> Solution? Stick to road races if you don't like this sort of route!
Gets full marks from me :-) Date of review: April 28, 2014
In short: Excellent as always In full: The wind seemed a little stronger than I've experienced in previous years during this race, and for some reason I noticed the odd few "slopes" (they're not hills by any stretch of the imagination ...but they're there!) that there are on an otherwise flat course ...but the marshals were first class, the organisation faultless, the mugs a perfect memento, the t-shirts a very reasonably-priced souvenir - full marks. Date of review: April 7, 2014