In short: Scenic and well organised In full: Overall an excellent race as always. The course is tough but fair and very scenic and the two road crossings were extremely well-marshalled. The marshalls were plentiful and helpful/ friendly, which is the great strength of a big club race like this. The other two "key elements" - parking and toilets also worked well, though the queue for the indoor toilets was quite long. The school makes an excellent HQ venue. I liked the finish in the field rather than on the road but would suggest for next year (i) finish a bit into the field rather than right at the gate (ii) there should be some water at the end of what is quite a tough race. Minor suggestions for what is always one of the high spots in my racing year. Date of review: January 31, 2011
In short: A decent course, just a couple of organisational glitches In full: Generally a decent, if low-key event. It was interesting running along the canal and even the road running was generally not too impacted by traffic. Well marshalled and good "goodies" at the end. Plenty of parking right at the start - toilet numbers were just OK for the numbers competing but will need more if it gets a bigger event. Two organisational points (1) the mile markers were massively off (by up to 0.2 of a mile) - didn't matter to me as I was running with a Garmin but those without would have had no idea of pacing (2) giving out water in bottles was a nice idea but the tops were very hard to remove Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: A great race to start the year In full: Very much a no-gimmicks 10 miler, over a surprisingly hilly but varied (woodland, country lanes, downland, suburban roads) course. Well organised as far as parking and all key aspects were concerned, very well marshalled. The two-lap format actually helped as you knew what was coming second time round. The weather, cool but not cold and reasonably dry under foot, was ideal. Date of review: January 4, 2011
In short: Friendly local event which I would certainly do again In full: This was a classic English small running event, very well organised and run in beautiful countryside on a lovely sunny day. The venue for the start/ finish was ideal and the event was well marshalled, the only blight being a few inconsiderate drivers, but that's a fault of this country, not this event Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: A good event, despite the conditions In full: An ideal "long training run" for the Dublin marathon. The course was scenic (though running across the airfield in driving wind and rain was testing to say the least) and the organisation good. Well marshalled and much kudos to their ability to stay cheerful despite having to stand out for so long in terrible conditions. Only minor suggestion is that the pre-race instructions might be a bit clearer on directions as to how to find the site (but perhaps that's just my route-finding skills) Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: A hard but really enjoyable race In full: Everything about this race is just right each year. Ample parking and toilets, friendly yet ultra-competent organisation, a hard but fair course in beautiful scenery. If you don't like this one you don't like trail running... Date of review: August 2, 2010
In short: No gimmicks, just a very enjoyable race In full: An excellent on-road race. Having the start at the village fair made for an excellent atmosphere (with easy and close parking). Very much a no-gimmicks rural road race. Organisation was excellent and scenery was beautiful (excluding half a mile beside a main road!!). Nice to have a race on a Saturday. Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: Very tough course but beautiful scenery and well organised In full: Certainly a tough and hilly half marathon but a very enjoyable event. The organisation was both efficient and friendly, with numerous water stations and helpful marshalls. An extremly scenic course and an event that I will certainly do again. Date of review: June 7, 2010
In short: Well organised, but "hilly" rather than undulating In full: A very enjoyable race - the course was certainly challenging with a number of hills but that just made it more interesting.
Very good organisation - and credit to the organisers for re-scheduling after February's freeze out. I have never done the "old route" so can't comment on that but I doubt that it would have a better starting location than the country park and the almost traffic-free road on which it started.
All in all an excellent event and one that I look forward to doing again. Must also mention the friendly marshalls/ water stations, who added to the day's pleasures. Date of review: May 31, 2010