In short: fast romp around a great part of wiltshire! (but then again i live here!) In full: fantastic race - but as i PB'd maybe I am biased!
Setriously though... a tad busy at the start line, but very beginner friendly... as a slow bloke (circa 1 hr 10K time) in some 10Ks I'm on my own but I was in a good stretch of runners from start to finish so obviously lots of less than fantastically quick runners so you don't feel as if everyone is waiting for you at the end!
Cracking good run - highly recommended, and for a great cause (school PTA) Date of review: December 6, 2009
In short: it just got better! In full: everything i wrote a year ago, and more. Despite an overnight 3rd party hitch requiring a reversal of the normal route, the organisation and delivery was absolutely perfect. If anything the climb/outward leg was harder than last year's (but that's better!) and there were some top opportunities to really open up on the way back.
Its a really friendly race and so deserves a larger field - 100 would be easily accommodated. Loads of parking, showers etc. the proceeds for this race go to charity too, so nobody's making a mint from it at all.
Really recommended... if you are reading this, thinking about running it in 2010 then its a no brainer - do it. And bring a friend - you will NOT be disappointed. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: a bit of everything In full: Its got the lot... countryside, town, canal, footpath, road, farm track...
Well signposted, well marshaled. Not sure mile 7 to 8 was really a mile but then again maybe I did run a 6 minute mile for the first time ever! :-) The route runs through Rowde where I live so was a bit of a must for me - no matter how many times you train on Caen Hill it never gets any easier either!
Really great race - free swim afterwards, lots of free parking around the town.
In short: thanks from a marshall to the runners! In full: as one of the marshalls on the route (CP4, Devizes) I just want to applaud all of you that ran, finishers or not. It was my first marshalling effort and I had a great time - sorry if the water very very occasionally didn't quite keep up with demand despite me pouring like mad :-)
Hope to see you all again next year, same place, same time! (well, in fact, I hope I see you ALL a little earlier next year, for your own sakes :-)
In short: mainly road, off road sections narrow, nothing special In full: an enjoyable enough romp on a February morning with friendly people in a crowd that attracted all types of runners - always a positive in my book.
However the on road bits were generally uninspiring, and the off road bit whilst magnificent didn't make up for it; also narrow which for the quicker runners amongst you may make racing and passing each other tricky. For reasons I missed from the PA announcement (and I suspect unconnected with the organisers of this event to be fair to them) the stadium finish wasn't available today ... which might have made the difference. Date of review: February 15, 2009
In short: Beautiful scenery, challenging climb and long downhill In full: This race has suffered from a bit a poor rep maily due to its inaugral running 5 years ago when a 3rd party alteration to the route conditions left the organisers at a very late stage having to deal with it. Its a great shame, because it deserves a larger field - only 46 today though clashed with a couple of other local-ish races which didn;t help... having moved the date from late November due to inclement weather conditions in 2007 maybe putting future runners off. The organisers are rethinking next year's date to try and find one that doesn;t clash locally.
The course is beautiful, stunning even. Flat for a mile or so, then starts to climb gently for the next mile or so with a final quarter mile fairly steep. Then its downhill all the way home for the other 2/3rds of the race. Its road for that first mile or so, then onto farmland with a mixture of cement track, cinder and earth, until Blacklands Down is hit. Then its all fields/downland until the final mile or so back on road. Its a challenging enough route but the course record of 43:30 indicates its not a crippler ... and a novice runner like myself ran 99% of it.
Excellent changing and shower facilities although if 300 runners turned up they'd get cramped fairly quickly :-)
I couldn;t praise the race enough frankly - the marshalls were in all the right places, the painted arrows were clear and the organisation easy.
Do give this a go - it deserves a better rep and larger field. Date of review: September 28, 2008
In short: Fast and lovely atmosphere In full: Doubt I can add anything that hasn;t already been said... fantastic event. Very friendly feel - plenty of club runners, but lots of unattached runners as well. A couple of climbs but nothing serious really, short section of off road path but predominantly road. It must be a quick course cos I PB'd :-)
Highly recommended :-) Date of review: August 24, 2008
In short: Another PVRC winner In full: Undulations? If that's as difficult as it gets bring undulations on a plenty. Very gentle. Pretty rural laned course just as the 10K is. PVRC really do excellent races - don't miss out on them :-)
Yeah - lots of club runners, but that doesn;t stop us plodders from joining in.
As well as the beer there were also bum bag mementos.
One word? Fantastic!! Date of review: August 17, 2008
In short: Downhill for 5K, uphill for 5K. Road and mud. Wonderful! In full: Really fun event - if running uphill in mud for 2K can be thought of as fun :-)
Slight downhill trend for 5K and I was definitely on for a PB, but then came the hill between 5 and 7K, and the soggy leaf mould in the wood between 7 and 8K, but it was all fantastic. Heartily recommended. Ties in with a BBQ and band at the village pub so good for a family evening too (though weather this year literally dampened the prospects!).
On the (very minor) downsides we could have done with somewhere to change other than the pub toilets, especially given its a muddy event, and the marshalls weren't as cheerful and encouraging as other runs in this neck of the woods have been... but to be fair maybe it was because they were wet and cold though!
Can't praise this event enough despite the about mini-grumps (meant more in the spirit of constructive criticism, really!). Will definitely be back next year and I'll bring my rugby boots for the hill climb :-)
In short: 5K - loop around suburban roads then short canal stretch In full: No signing issues on the 5K loop, and I sympathis eentirely with the orgainsers WRT morons that spoil other's enjoyment.
back to the 5K... long uphill trend for 3rd Km in an open area so exposed to the weather somewhat - wonderfully cooling stretch along the canal path (and kind walkers and cyclists I found :-). Still fairly fast route - I PB'd. Changing facilities fine and lots of hot water (in the school), organisation good. Cake stall, water and bananas at the end. Date of review: July 18, 2008