In short: Bring back the medal for all finishers! In full: 2nd year doing this race & it still had it's small friendly charm to it.
To echo what others had said, the medal/mug situation was disappointing, I'm glad it's not just me who wasn't keen on the mug!! I feel it would have been a lot fairer for those who entered early to get the medal or at least have the choice, instead of doing it the other way round. Date of review: July 4, 2011
In short: Somewhat hilly! In full: Small race with a lovely 'local' feel to it. The race HQ is on a green with the village hall providing the toilets. Fantastic support from the local residents too.
The route is somewhat hilly, with a particulary long winding one starting between 1-2 miles. A few other climbs & I swear not as many downhill sections?!
Things are keep quite simple. No chip timing, instead you're handed a piece of paper at the end with your placing. And it's a very small field but I think that all adds to the charm of it. Medal & a sports drink at the end but didn't check out the rest of the HQ to see what entertainment there was. It's great to do a race that is a different distance to all the 10ks, HMs out there & it's a good price.
Apart from the start being delayed for a few mins the organisation seemed pretty good.
In short: Scenic 10k In full: Easy to get to & plenty of parking on site. Nice venue for the race HQ & probably enough to keep supporters entertained while you're out running (I thought the petting zoo was a nice touch!).
Organisation was good & we got a briefing shortly before the start.
Parts of the course were single file & the field leading up to the finish was quite uneven which made a PB very unlikely. However, the route was very enjoyable.
Medal at the end & you can even pick the size of your t-shirt! Plenty of refreshments.
If it wasn't so far away from home then I would definitely look at doing this one again next year. Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: Not good on a windy day! In full: The race had already started by the time I made it to the start, we had to go through a narrow alley way which quickly backed up. If you'll really fussed about getting a good start then head over there a little bit earlier & you'll be fine.
The course was ok, a few bottle neck areas at times when going down steep steps, through the kissing gate etc but I wasn't time chasing so didn't mind.
Parts of the route where very open, not much fun on very windy days like we had.
According to my Garmin, it came up 0.25k short but given how knackered I was by the end I didn't mind!
At the end you had to do a bit of a weaving round a field before the getting to the finish, very frustrating when you can see the finish line but you're not quite there but a nice welcome when you finally made it.
Didn't make much use of the race HQ but there seemed plenty to do for the family to do. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In full: Decided to do this one again at the last minute after pulling out of a half due to illness. Still not feeling 100% come the start of the race I'm glad I turned up. Beautiful day & nice scenic course.
The hills were just as I remembered - frequent! Nothing really steep & they're over quite quickly.
Despite being a very small local race, it is well organised.
In full: Really enjoyed this race, lovely scenic route although it did seem to get hillier the closer you got to the finish! Nothing too bad though.
I found everything in a good location. Managed to get parked up easily enough in a nearby school & it was only a short walk to the start. Race HQ was in a big field with a few stalls & a playground. Collecting my race number was quick enough & although I didn't use the toilets there didn't seem to be a huge queue.
Well organised & a nice medal at the end.
Race organisers - If you're going to state in bold, capital letters in the race pack that iPods are banned then please enforce this!! Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Nice small fun run but watch out for hills! In full: Easy to find, no parking at the school but easy enough to find parking nearby.
Race HQ was in the school, no queue to collect the number & there were refreshments available too.
Please bare in mind that this is a fun run, there were kids mixed in between the adults so don't turn up if you want something ultra-competitive.
The route wasn't overly inspiring, down to a point and then back, 95% of the time on the same road. It had been closed off though which was good. There was very little flat parts, you were either going up a hill or down it.
Overall it had a lovely local feel to it & was very well organised. You got a decent medal at the end so at £5 it was an absolute bargin! Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: Scenic route & great organisation In full: Great scenic route with lots of friendly marshals along the route. The only thing which slowed me down a bit was a few steep bridges but apart from that it was a pretty flat trail route.
Free parking very close to the start was really helpful although to get to it, you did have to go down a single track road so if cars were coming the opposite way it was a bit tricky. The convenience of it outweights that though.
As you came in to the finish you got your name called which is always a nice touch. Decent medal, banana, bottle of water & goodie bag at the end to top a good race off.
Race HQ was quite good, I got there quite early so didn't have to queue long for the toilet & managed to find seating before the start of the race. There was a couple of stalls including a BBQ for the non-runners.
I'd heard that Purple Patch organise good races & I wasn't disappointed. Apart from the races being delayed by a few minutes, I think they did an excellent job. Date of review: March 21, 2011