In short: You needed the hose provided at the end... In full: I am "proper rubbish" at multi-terrain runs but I love this event. The wind, rain and lashings of mud make it the perfect opportunity to start enjoying running again. Lovely.
As mentioned in the short review, the hose provided at the end was a great pre-shower addition. Showering with the ladies was a new experience for me, too! Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Fabulous re-work of a popular 10k but team prize mayhem ensued... In full: Cirencester listened to the criticism of the start in previous years and have changed the course for the better.
It may start out onto the by-pass but it only lasts here for a few seconds before disappearing back into the Bathurst estate. There are no longer two laps and instead there is a really fast, downhill mile and a half which really opens up the PB potential.
My only real gripe is that the results were (by their own admission) a "bit dodgy" and the team prizes awarded to clubs whose first runner was behind four or five runners of other clubs..! Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: Good local race - again! In full: Just like last year, the race was organised well and run to time. The area is lovely to run round and even though the roads were not closed I saw two, maybe three cars...
I know Sherston CC are doing something new next year and given how well the 10k was done over recent years, I'll probably give it a go!
No results up anywhere, yet. This is the only downside for me. Date of review: September 23, 2010
In short: If you are going to run a PB, it'll be here In full: The course is not pancake flat but in a marathon, you don't want it to be. The undulations are very small and its a perfect PB course.
The grandstand finish is good fun and the hot drinks & hot showers help this race stand out - well done on that.
In Abingdon, the general public were all very supportive and a big shout goes out to the lady in her 60s/70s who cycled past us shouting about having to speed off and not support us because she was late for the hairdressers. Genius.
Marshalls were excellent, though I am still not sure about the loud hailer at 24 miles :o)
All in all an excellent day topped off by a seven minute PB. Nice. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Just turn up and get a PB! In full: You can tell instantly when a race is organised by runners. From the vast car park only minutes from the start to fantastic family friendly "village" area at the finish every single thing was planned perfectly (There was even a bar and barbeque!)
The race itself is very fast and has an unbelievable finish into the "village" area with a good 200 yard sprint, flanked by hundreds of supporters.
Even though the race goes out onto some very quiet roads, there is still good support and the marshalls/water stations were brilliant.
Thank you Chippenham. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Left us to run the wrong way. Unforgivable. In full: Aside from inadequate parking and pretty poor organisation for the start the day was *ruined* by the (lack of) marshalls. I personally lost over four minutes (and that PB) when a group of about forty of us went the wrong way. I would have lost more time if I hadn't guessed the right direction the second time I came to a junction with no marshalls.
If this wasn't a charity race I would have demanded my money back.
Oh.. and did I mention the lack of any decent goodies for my £20? A complete and utter rip-off. Terrible.
DO NOT DO THIS RACE. EVER. Date of review: July 26, 2009