In short: An extra hill in 2010. Hard work but fun and rewarning In full: First thing to say is you're NOT running round the docks or industrial estates here. This is a nice run down pleasent country lanes for the most part.
This is a very hilly course with three steep hills (3mile, 7mile and 10 mile) and one longer less steep drag (5mile). Its tough.
In 2010 the course changed to this format with an extra hill at 7 miles and the last hill, at 10 miles, still the worst, swapping to the road from the park.
I'm a 2:15 ish runner but with the extra hill even slower this year.
Slight critisim is the busy road at the start is not completely closed to traffic so us slower runners had to cope with, admittedly slow, traffic till we turned off to face the first hill. After which the roads are so quiet or you've thinned out suffiently for this not to be a problem.
Marshalling was very good and nearly all encouraging. Plenty of drink stops, (cups of water, one or two stations with sponges) and even a couple households set up with sprinklers.
Anyway slightly disjointed review but there you go. Basically pleasent scenary, good atmosphere and tough hilly course. Date of review: July 12, 2010