In short: A great race, well organised and enjoyable In full: this was my first ever race, having been running purely for fitness for the last two years i decided to give a race a go for fun. the course is effectively three laps of castle combe circuit, smooth tarmac and minor undulations, having driven round the circuit before i have to say i was quite looking forward to running it. terrible weather an hour before the race made me worried but with ten minutes to go the rain ceased, the clouds (almost) parted and it was dry but very windy. there is a stretch between 2km and 3km (thus repeated three times in the race) on the course where the wind was strong and you were noticeably leaning into the wind, tiring but all part of the fun.
the atmosphere was nice, though it was clear there were some fast runners in this race, i just went round at a comfortable pace and enjoyed myself. i was very pleased with a time of sub 49 minutes and i was converted.
the scenary is dull though, for most of the lap its just the empty spectator banking though it was nice at the end of each lap to see people.
this is a perfect race for beginners. infact any race organised by the same team would be recommended. the things a first timer looks for are things like ease of registration, parking etc (it sounds daft but anything to settle the nerves is very welcome), lap boards every km for pacing and a friendly atmosphere, all of which were present here at castle combe. Date of review: November 24, 2008