In short: Demanding in places and test of character to choose second lap over quittiting! In full: This is the second time I’ve ran this challenging race and although both times I’ve opted for the 10 miles (two laps) I think it’s a cracking idea to have the option to quit after 5 miles It’s by no means an easy course, but the mixture of surfaces and inclines (uphill & downhill) make for a real good workout. I thought the organisation was very good, it was announced that some minor changes had been made to the course on the day, but you would not have guessed this as each twist and turn was well marshalled. There were sufficient water stations for those doing the 10 miles and these were handing out jelly babies as well which was a nice touch. It was unfortunate that there was sparkling water within the goody-bag at the end (the organiser being honest enough to own up to his error before the start of the race), because the goody-bag itself was packed with goodies (as opposed to leaflets!) and well worth the race entry fee. I always appreciate medals as mementos as opposed to tee-shirts, glasses, coasters etc. and the ‘polo mint’ shaped medal in the goody-bag was a first for me and therefore well received. All in all a very well organised run that’s worthy of a place in anyone’s race calendar/plans.
In short: Matthew Walker Chrismas pudding that you get when crossing finishing line is better than any medal or tee-shirt1 In full: I have run this race many times; the change of course this year, together with the weather, made the going quite tough, although this could be down to my personal fitness at moment (?). Apart from the lack of changing/shower facilities, this is a very well organised run and if you have not run it before, worth including on your 2008 race calendar. Date of review: November 23, 2007