In short: Must be one of the best 10k races - bar none! In full: *Top notch organisation *Challenging, but quite fast course *Great atmposphere *Good for family and kids with the farm and kids 2k race *Good race for beginners and experienced racers alike *Great T shirt *North Herts Road Runners rock!
In short: Where was the marshall at 7.9M?! In full: I was one of the unfortunate runners who ended up running nearer 14 than 13.1 miles thanks to there being no marshal just before the point there is a sharp right turn onto the riverside path. Having added nearly 4min to my time before I managed to re-locate the proper route, I was frankly mentally wrecked and just jogged teh rest of the way - goodbye PB that I had worked so hard for!
Seemed to be a general lack of marshals, as many turns where only marked by small yellow arrows. I know the race raises money for a great cause, but that isn't improving my mood at the moment. Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: Why change the course (again)? In full: It transpired (on the start-line)that the race was not to be run over the published route. This was the only blot on a nice race. A bit too hot for PBs (unless you're MUCH fitter than when you set the last one). A well-run event on the whole with a good atmosphere. Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Is this event getting too big for its own good? In full: Done this last 2 years. Was in the purple start zone this year, but there a huge numbers of 'slow' runners clogging up the first few miles despite this. The idiots concerened were either in the wrong start zone or had been very creative with the est' finish time on the application form. This spoiled the race for me. Despite the good support, good course and great finish, this may be the last time I enter this one. Date of review: March 6, 2008
In short: Well organised race with PB potential In full: Firstly (with ref to earlier comments), my Garmin 205 made the course only 156 metres too long, which is well within the range of error for the the device and so for me, the course distance was not an issue. Perhaps it was the placing of the 12 mile marker that was at fault rather than the overall distance of the course?
The course was fairly flat, in fact most of 1st 6 miles was flat or downhill, so +ve splits likely with biggest up-sections in second half (esp last mile or so). Course was traffic free, and quite attractive in places (lake/canal/parks), so no complaints there. One long gravelly path @ about 9 miles was a little tiring.
Overall, a nice, well organised race on what I thought was a quite flat-ish course (got a PB) and also raising money for a very good cause. Date of review: July 27, 2007
In short: Attractive, flat, friendly and well-marshalled, but ... In full: * Start delayed by late-comers - annoying considering I had arrived at 9:10 and was ready to start on-time. * Had to work my way around dozens of 4k fun-runners for last 2k of 10k run, often blocking path completely. Start of fun run should have been delayed in proportion with delay to 10k start, or just made later anyway. Just what you don't need at that stage of a race. Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: Well organised, good value 10k plus a family day out In full: This could be a PB course, but perhaps a bit too hot this year. There are no real hills as such, but each lap (x3) is mostly down for 1st half and mostly up for 2nd, so still a bit testing.
£12 entry covered the race plus entry to the zoo and parking (normally nearly £20 for both). Well organised and a nice family day out too, esp with the good weather. Date of review: June 8, 2007