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
In short: Beautiful route, great weather, challenging but not too challenging In full: Fortunately I was slow enough not to be caught up in the great "misdirection" incident so I have only good things to say about this event. A beautiful course and a classic example of a small, friendly and enjoyable off-road 10K. Today was the sort of event that makes running in the English countryside such a pleasure. Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: Hard, scenic, muddy, fun In full: Always a great race in beautiful surroundings with efficient but low-key organisation. This year's was even harder because of the mud but was a fair challenge. Great organisation and friendly atmosphere make this a high point of my running year. Date of review: August 3, 2009
In short: Beautiful course, well organised In full: Third time that I have done this and it was as well organised as ever. The scenic and flat course (albeit with some difficult terrain under foot), frequent water points and great organisation (including the transport to the start of the linear route) make this a favourite event. Very slightly disappointed that the "plaques" given out in prior years had been replaced by a "normal" medal. Date of review: July 27, 2009
In short: Always reliably a good event In full: Early on Good Friday is an ideal time for this event. Course is a good one, with friendly marshalls and the delays getting out of the business park at the end are just the downside of the ample parking. One thing that comes up every year is the inadequate toilet facilities - please could the organisers hire some more (add a pound or two to the entry fee if necessary) Date of review: April 14, 2009
In short: Great course, well organised In full: Nothing but praise for this - all of the essentials (water, toilets, parking, marshalls) were as good as could be asked for and the course itself was beautiful. Although the roads were not closed the traffic was generally very considerate and the roads quiet. Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: Coped well with a large increase in runner numbers In full: As always, a very well organised event, even with what seemed to be a big jump in numbers this year. Small changes in the course vs last year (especially between 3 and 4 miles) were an improvement. Could do with a few more toilets at the start. Can't get too worried about the lack of medal - perhaps better to make it clear next year that there won't be one and those for whom it is important can act accordingly Date of review: February 23, 2009
In short: Great course and scenery - generally well organised In full: A superb course, very well marshalled. Get the impression that the size of the event is slightly running ahead of organisational capacity, water stations could do with being a bit bigger and more capacity. I'm disinclined to gripe too much as the event is run by volunteers and is good value. Probably not one for the very slow runners, due to traffic concerns etc but an excellent challenge for most standards. Date of review: September 23, 2008