In full: Very well organised. Lots of parking. A good flat route (2.5 laps). Running after dark means that you sort of don't notice the surroundings (a business park) or the fact you're going round more than once! (though the course is lit by street lamps) Very plush loos, and no queues! Kindly hosted by Affinity Water, whose employees are very welcoming and helpful to runners in their building after hours. Quite "clubby", but that shouldn't put anyone off. If you do the first or second races in the series then don't forget to bring your number for the later one(s)! Of the four times I've run it, I've measured the course to be between 5.16km and 5.19km - this didn't worry me this year as I adjusted my expectations and my pace accordingly. Date of review: October 9, 2014
In full: There are some tough hills in the first half or so of this race but everything else goes in its favour. Well organised and very friendly. And the sun always seems to shine on it! I like the 3pm start as it means you can fit in a Sunday morning race too if you feel like it!!! Date of review: October 4, 2014
In short: What a BEAST of a hill to run up at the start! In full: Not terribly long (1k approx.) but just SO steep! Then a 7k-ish gently undulating loop, with a few "slopes" in each direction, before a fast downhill finish nearly 2k in length. Course was clear but marshals a bit subdued! Nice run in to the finish funnel, and welcoming more marshals at the end. Nice little canvas goody bag to go with the medal. Very pleasant morning's run. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In full: Good venue, a distance for everyone (1k, 3k, 5k, 10k), marshalled car-parking, well-organised number collection, non-stop chat from the commentator, nice atmosphere with drinks and refreshments available afterwards.
Not the easiest route, with some fairly tough climbs on trail paths, over 2 laps. At least you knew what was coming after the first lap! Km markers were spot-on with my Garmin until the very last, making the course possibly a few meters short.
No complaints - a very nice race to do. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Faultless :-) In full: This race gets better year after year... though the "hills" in those underpasses don't get any easier!! The support is awesome - especially the last half-mile or so up the high street to the finish, but actually all around the course, with many people obviously out to cheer on the race from start to finish, with deck chairs etc set up on driveways. The Holiday Inn water station was fun - balloons, music, and cheery marshals! Once again, fantastic marshals all the way around the course and at the finish - many thanks to all who gave up their time and worked so hard. Lovely encouragement from runners who had already finished to those still running. Brilliant all round! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Excellent race - full marks :-) In full: I took 5 minutes off the time I ran here last year so that's obviously influencing my view of the event, but there is nothing bad to say about it as it's all very well organised, has plenty of water stops, is a nice 2-lap route so encourages spectators (there is also a café in the Beeches that is near enough to race HQ), there is a very nice medal, has very supportive and enthusiastic marshals at all junctions and at the finish, and I give full credit to those who were still out on the course after the heavens opened yesterday!
One word of warning - the car park is a good mile from race HQ so is fine for your warm-up and cool-down if you have plenty of time ...but some people didn't seem to have read the race brief and had to hurry to the start. Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Nicely done for a relatively small local race. In full: Wasn't sure whether to wear road or trail trainers but the chap who advised me beforehand that the course was roughly half-and-half was spot-on!! I went with trail shoes and was cursing the decision at 2.5 miles (ascending a pretty steep hill on a road surface) but was very glad of them for the last sprint around a field! The course is broadly half up and half down - with a VERY steep downhill at 3m (the ground just dropped away from underneath me!) - but there were still some undulations to come in the second half to keep you working right to the finish. Held as part of the area's charity weekend, so a nice "village fete" type atmosphere. Positions went up on a chalkboard at the finish and you could collect your certificate and fill in your own position. Date of review: August 4, 2014
In short: The only race I've run where you have to evade an alligator and a tiger! In full: Gorgeous race held on quiet country lanes and across open moors. Full marks to whoever put out the mile-markers as they were pretty much spot on with my Garmin! (Yes, I know they're not meant to be 100% accurate ...!) Lots of encouraging marshals. Very helpful race director. Brass band playing in the middle of the moor at around halfway! Bit of a stinger of a long drawn-out uphill at 7 or 8-ish miles ...and the last mile was all a steady uphill, which was draining at that stage. Mixture of road surface and hard-packed tracks. Nice jolly atmosphere at race HQ. Fantastic tech t-shirt! Fun run for kids before the main race. Well worth the long journey :-) Date of review: August 4, 2014