In short: Well organised, tough race In full: Well organised race. Plenty of marshalls at the right places. A pretty fast field of runners. All the seasons in 1 day, but a great race to push your limits. A bargain in terms of cost as they only request a donation. Well done on another great race to all involved. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Great local trail race in the Chilterns In full: Great addition to the racing calendar in the Chilterns. Great scenery around Ashridge estate and Ivinghoe beacon. A challenging route with some cheeky hills! Well organised and marshalled. The beanie at the finish along with tea and cakes (amazing cookies and cake!) was a nice touch. Do this race before it gets too popular! Will be back next year. Date of review: March 22, 2014
In short: 2013 race review In full: Unable to review races beyond 2012 anywhere which seems strange! Done it 2yrs on the trot 2012/2013 and I will be back next year. Once you've run this race it becomes addictive. Some serious hills in the marathon and normally strong winds. Great marshalls and amazing feed stations. The only major issue is the lack of toilets. Please, please, please put more portaloos outside around the marque instead of just 2! In 2013 they ran a 10km as well, so the toilet situation became even more acute. The final gripe is that now there is a marathon and 10km being run on the same day the parking is starting to get tricky. I love this race and I will be back every year if possible. Sort out the toilet situation and this is the perfect race. Seems to get more popular each year. Date of review: December 6, 2013
In short: Another great Watlington 10km In full: The Watlington 10km races are simply must do races if you live in the area and like challenging runs. This year there was what seemed to be a record field, which is great news. There was a hold-up at the start, which was unfortunate. Bargain entry fee of £5 and includes bottle of water and a pint at the end. Good pint in the pub as well. Tough hills, and sometimes muddy and stumpy underfoot. Great race. I'll be back everytime. Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Well organised race In full: Well organised race, which is good value and the buff at the end was a nice touch considering how cheap the entry is. If this is local to you then is a good race for you as it is well run/marshalled, challenging, but good fun. 2.5 laps is a tough thing to run, but that is simply my aversion to running laps. The parking, registration and start are a decent distance apart. Overall a good race. Date of review: December 1, 2013
In short: Will be back next year, great value, well organised In full: I did the 20 miler again this year and enjoyed it more than last time as I had done more training, knew about the navigation and it wasn't as hot!
I will be back next year.
It still surprises me the number of runners with no directions or maps! All the info states it is self-navigation, so bring the info and don't blindly follow other runners.
That being said I like the camaraderie involved on these type of events, and everyone was v friendly.
This is a challenge make no mistake, but a fun one.
This race is a bargain.
My only disappointment this year was the bag at the finish. Please bring back the buffs/water bottles from last year. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Amazing race, but v tough and hot, at least for me! In full: This year I moved up from the half marathon to the full marathon. It was v tough on my legs, with some hard climbs, but I will be back next year! It was great having more marshalls and markers this year, so I didn't get lost! I hope that this is the case going forward and not just a 1 off for the world championship selection! It really is an amazing area to run in and I recommend you run either the marathon or half marathon before it gets too popular. Many thanks to all the marshalls and organisers. Date of review: June 3, 2013
In short: Great race, well organised, good route In full: Ran this race in June and it was the same route in Dec, but oh so different to to run it! Think both are great local races. The numbers have increased from June to Dec, but not too many people. A couple of steep hills in there, but the descents are great. So cheap in comparison to other races. I'll be back for both races next year! Date of review: December 4, 2012
In short: Top notch race In full: I'm biased as I am from Tring and run with the club. But this is a great race, which offers value, great organisation and an excellent route. I would love to run it every year but I'll be out marshalling next year! All different abilities run this race which is great. Run this race before it gets too popular! Date of review: October 18, 2012