In short: Well organised. The race is clearly a labour of love for the Striders. I salute you all. In full: I have heard people complain about the start. Well, the organisers can't do much about the physical features and they do their best with what they've got. Runners themselves need to do the same.
A big problem was (some of) the runners themselves. Don't go to the front if you're not a sub 1 hour runner! One bloke who I saw at the front who started in front of me - I passed going the other way when I'd done 5 & he'd done just over 2 and I'm not sub 1 hour (sadly).
Some runners didn't listen to the marshals and this contributed more than anything to the 'chaos'. I suggest planting out posts with rough times for people to stand near and a plea to others - let the faster runners do their thing please! Stand near your time zone post and it will all go much smoother. Experienced runners should do this automatically, really.
There, I've said it.
The race was undulating and scenic. Marshals were as always, fabulous and the club had gone to lots of effort with the hot drinks and cakes at the race HQ. Clearly they work hard to make this race as fabulous to attend as they can.
Full marks to Hallam, the Race Director and his team. I recommend this race to all - a very fast front field and then a good mix throughout. Everybody I spoke to was pleased, as was I.
In short: Magnificent In full: Tough race, but immensely popular. If you want a sense of achievement and the most fun you can have in public, then do this. Great organisation from Dr Rob, all the marshals were fabulous and really help. Other runners were brilliant and I urge you to do it. Date of review: June 19, 2010
In short: 5th consecutive time I've travelled from Hertfordshire to do this race and have my once a year meeting with fellow Beast Slayers. In full: Enter and do it. Brilliant. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Do it! In full: Your choices: You can strike out and go as fast as you can on this tough course - ridiculous. Or you can wear fancy dress for the toughest 10k in the country and spend the run having fun and struggling to keep your footing whilst dressed as whatever takes your fancy, also ridiculous. Or you do do something in the middle - a compromise that no Trionium runner would ever consider. So whatever you choose, it will be a ridiculous way to start your New Year, but what fantastic fun! Brilliant organisation and fab fun fun fun! Get your name on the back of the 2010 T shirt - it's a must. Date of review: January 1, 2009
In short: Nice informal little trot . In full: Good mix of runners and walkers doing different distance and things in different ways. Very friendly. Good fun navigating and though me & my comrade went the wrong way a few times, it was entirely avoidable by paying proper attention. The instructions were spot on.
Check points all friendly and well stocked. Very relaxed - no pressure for a time - just treated it like a long run.
Relaxed and fun fun fun.
Well done FVS. Friendly simling faces at Cps and at the end. Lack of finish line doesn't bother me. It's not that sort of race. It's more like the popular Gade Valley Harriers marathon training runs - halfway between that and a more formal race.
In short: Scenic race - well organised but of course, tough. In full: Like some others, I did this as a training run for another event. IDeally suited to this as it's not a PB course. Would be nice to come back and give it a bit of welly to see how I do. As such it was very pleasant - I enjoyed the scenery & atmosphere. Not one to take on lightly but very good fun for those who have similar event experience. Marshals all cheerful as were the numerous spectators. Very well stocked aid stations. Frequent too. Lovely medal. Recommended race. Thanks & well done. Date of review: May 4, 2008
In short: NIce event. Very well organised - a lot of thought & experince gone into it. In full: This race is really well organised. THe HQ and finish area are good, the course is really well marked and the marshals are friendly.
The leaders are escorted out by Gold Wing Riders who stop & control the big junctions while you run through.
All marshalls were once again really supportive and there was a big friendly crowd waiting at the end. All good. Date of review: April 20, 2008
In short: A race where the excellent organisation means the atmosphere is relaxed. In full: Fast & flat. Lots of marshals all cheerful and encouraging. Good mix of club and beginners. Lots of smiling faces = clearly people come back year after year, as will I. Date of review: April 6, 2008