In short: Nice flat race, perfec for getting back into the business of racing! In full: Hadn't raced a proper road race for ages, so wanted something fairly short, and nothing taxing terrain wise. This race fits that bill perfect. Good standard at the front, winner doing sub 25, but plenty of beginners to not intimidate anyone. Good little race, nice medal. Date of review: November 29, 2016
In short: 4 inclines, and windy, but still a fast course, mainly due to the quality of field! In full: stellar field, and fast last km give this good pb potential. But there are 4 inclines and fair wind in places.
Narrow at the start for a half km climb, but the field soon thins out nicely. If you're on target by 8km you're well away, as 8to9km is totally flat, and 9km has a gentle slope to help you finish strongly. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Could be fast, but on a windy day like today no chance In full: echo the below, very windy today, so anyone who has pbd must have either under performed before, not raced 10k very often, or simply have run amazingly!
Mile markers on the air field were ridiculously out for 5k and 6k.
5k was a bit short, but then 6k was 1/4 km too long, giving an epic long km time!
A nice little race though, still almost 400runners there though. Date of review: December 9, 2012
In short: Quality field, and pb heaven In full: If you're in the shape for a pb then this is the race to show it! Very high quality field, with 3 runners under 49.04! Great course, even with a bizarre mile on sandy chalk type weird surfaces! A couple of very brief slopes/steps at mile 8 weren't much to deal with, and pretty good weather on top.
All in all great day out. Date of review: October 16, 2011
In short: Great venue, as quick as it gets in right weather In full: Like a few of the reviews below, I'd been put off by a few things before, like the supposed "dull" course, but also the tales of high wind, and the fact it was a mid summer race.
After a really hilly 10k 2 weeks back, i fancied a real go at the pb, and in good conditions, stonked 30secs off for a 35.20.
Delighted with this, and didn't find the laps too bad at all, as it wasn't a full 2 laps, as at 7k you cut off to come back and do a different return to the finish line.
Lovely smooth road to run on, even the slight ups on the bridges just kept things interesting and gave points to focus on
Great race....is there a 5k version in the year! Date of review: July 31, 2011
In short: Home town race that always delivers In full: Probably the only must do race of the year for me these days. A summer without doing either the half or the 10k isn't good...luckily only 2007 have i missed either in the last 10 years.
Well polished, so much so that adding the 10k a few years ago worked seemlessly.
Incredible goody bag, nice medals, and free t shirts, different versions of each depending on which race you'd done. Great effort there.
Very tough course, probably as tough a road race as you'll find really, at least in these parts. Very varied though, steep hill, rolling countryside, undulations, even steeper shorter descent, couple of residential miles, round a lake, and then grassy finish...lovely.
For the guy who said the start is narrow..behave yourself. It's the widest start I've ever seen in 120+ races! It might narrow a little, but only after 600metres or so when things have eased a bit. If you want to see narrow, try the footpath at about 6.5miles in the half.
All round a great race. Pleased to come 6th in 36.47 today. 57 secs off the pb, but anyone pbing here has got a soft pb! Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Fast course, even with windy airfield and prom miles In full: Heard this was a fast course, so thought i'd wheel 85miles down. Was pretty quick, but a couple of laps of a windy airfield and a couple of never ending miles to finish on the prom sucked a little life of out me.
Great views in places though, nice organisation, pretty good race. And good to be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations. Date of review: November 21, 2010