In short: Fast, very well organised, with a big race feel In full: Apart from the second underpass (which to be fair, couldn't be avoided)this is a very flat course and very quick.
I was very impressed with the overall organisation, especially the scale of the road closures and the section to the finish in the town centre. Car parking was easy and there were plenty of loos. Personally I like plastic cups as long as there are enough drinks stations - bottles tend to get wasted - but a few more people on the first water station would have helped I think as they struggled to keep up.
Unless I missed it, I didn't see a halfway marker point, which I always find helpful.
Shame its not going to appear on Po10, but hey ho.
Overall, well done to Purple Patch and everyone else involved in putting it on. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Usual Handy Cross Great organisation and great value In full: As usual, Handy Cross Runners organised a great event. Bit windy for a PB today, but at least the rain held off! Greta vale with a wearable tech t shirt, medal 9for those who like that sort of thing!) and a stuffed goody back. Pistachios and that coconut drink are ideal for post race protein and re-hydration! Well done and many thanks to Peter E and his team!! Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Challenging and scenic race. Excellent first attempt - I will be back! In full: The Run the Rock Team obviously put in a lot of effort to make this very scenic but challenging off-road race a success. Despite it being an inaugural charity event, the organisation was excellent and the event was well-thought out. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Very well organised, fast course but strong winds this year. In full: Very well organised race as usual from Alchester on what can be a fast course if the wind behaves - which it didn't today! Only critiscism today was the km markers - they were a long way out in places, with splits coming out very erratically as a result (eg 4:22 followed by 3:08!. 2&3, then 5,6&7 were the worst. Date of review: December 9, 2012
In short: Challenging 10k, with plenty of hills in a lovely location for a great charity In full: Well done Sam and all involved in putting this one on. The last hill was a shock to the system (should have checked the map more closely!). Excellent organisation, a fantastically scenic venue, good atmosphere and even the weather was kind! Date of review: June 17, 2012
In short: Fast course, great organisation In full: Very well organised race on a fast course (though the last two rail bridges do take it out of you!) and a PB for me too. Nice goody bag and fruit and only 50p for a tea. Only hiccup in the otherwise silky smooth organisation was getting away at the end. Soemthing went badly wrong with the road marshalling for cars leaving the station car park for a time. A large number of us were directed through a convoluted diversion only to find it eventually ended at another road closure, where we all had to do a U turn before heading back into the same queue we'd just driven past. It took over half an hour just to get back to where we started from - not good with legs seizing up and another 90 miles round the M25 to get home! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: The usual excellent organisation form RR In full: Did the 10 this year, having done the 20 three times before, and with no spring marathon this year. As always, it was very well organised. Not sure about those saying it's pancake flat though! It's not a hilly course by any means, and is reasonably fast but there are a few inclines, including a longish one between 6 and 7 miles that add up to about 250 ft on the 10 and nearly 500 over the 20. Very good prize pot for those of us lucky enough to sneak into it, but the best thing by far was the top VFM tea and cake stall in the schoolhall afterwards! Date of review: February 14, 2012
In short: Fast Course (if windy today) with excellent organisation In full: Excellent organisation and a very fast course, though the wind took the edge off it today. Most impressed with the live reults on the website too! Shame about the couple of short stretches of grass verge, and the narrow pavement along the A40 (into the wind!), but difficult for the organisers to safely avoid these I guess. Cakes, tea and sausage rolls at the end were a bargain! One question though - was there really only one sit down loo for the blokes or did I just not look hard enough?
In short: Tough but rewarding, well organised multi terrain In full: A very enjoyable multi-terrain route in the beautiful Chilterns. Very well organised. My only slight grumble is that at around the 8k - 9k point the front runners and tail enders have to pass each other in opposite directions along a narrow bridleway. This worked OK when both kept to the left as advised by marshalls (though not always easy at speed!), but a couple of runners seemed oblivious to this bit of common sense! Date of review: November 22, 2011
In short: Another great Ridgeway Run from TRC In full: 8th Ridgeway Run for me and still loving this race. Silky smooth organisation combined with a really nice route. Well done to the RD and his team. The only slight downside for me this year was the price of a bacon sarnie in the clubhouse which at £3 was steeper than the run up to the monument! Date of review: October 9, 2011