In short: Scenic, challenging and very well organised In full: My first time at this event and I'd be happy to return.
The 10k course takes you across a scenic, rural landscape of trails and fields. The terrain is uneven in places, so watch your footing, especially if you're not a seasoned cross-country runner.
This year's race took place in warm, dry weather, but I can imagine the course could become particularly muddy in places after rain. Even today, there was a large puddle to leap over just before the 5k-point.
Running at 46/47-minute pace, I encountered no bottlenecks on the course, although the pathway across a crop field just after the halfway point allows single file only, and you need to take care not to topple forwards when heading down the steps at 7k, as the race starter had warned. There is also a kissing gate to pass through at around 8k, so, as the organisers point out, this is not a PB course for most runners.
Amenities at race HQ are good - plenty of refreshments, adequate toilet facilities and sports massage. There is also a bouncy castle and an inflatable slide to keep children occupied.
Car parking in the village centre seemed limited, but there is adequate street parking available within easy walking distance of the start/finish.
Unlike some events I've taken part in, the souvenir medal which all runners receive at the end clearly indicates both the race and the year - an added bonus.
I found this an enjoyable run, well-organised and with a certain 'feel good factor'. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: PB In full: Returned to MK for a second attempt at the 10k. In contrast to last year's snow and freezing temperature, this year we had warm sunshine. The first kilometer was again quite congested - I'm used to being overtaken early on, but here I was boxed in slightly. Once out on the dual carriageway though, the field soon opened out. After you turn off through the houses, you are soon running through plenty of pleasant parkland. The hill just past the 9km mark is testing, but adds to the challenge. The end is a bit of a let down, with just a small bottle of water and a medal with no date on it, but achieving my 10k PB has given me extra appetite to return next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: A challenge -as the name suggests In full: When I registered for this five-mile event, I underestimated what was in store. It's a mostly woodland run, with some steep climbs and descents on trails covered with wet autumn leaves. Today there were at least a couple of quagmires to contend with too, and the last few hundred metres were through thick wet grass. I found the terrain demanding, but it was an enjoyable run on a glorious autumn morning. It's not the longest of runs, but a challenge it certainly is. The organisation was fine and the marshals efficient and supportive. Date of review: November 11, 2012
In short: First time here; highly recommended In full: This was my first attempt at this particular event I'm already looking forward to returning next year. The event was well-organised and all the marshalls were encouraging. The start is a little crowded as others have mentioned but the field soon opens out. The course is undulating but not too demanding, and I was delighted with my own finishing time. Thanks to everyone for a well-run event. Date of review: May 19, 2012
In short: Glad I returned In full: My second year at the Herts 10k. Fortunately the heavy rain during the past week had cleared some days before race day, otherwise I can imagine the country paths could have been tricky under foot in places. The hill climb leading up to the halfway point seemed less demanding than I remembered from last year, probably I've just become a more confident runner since then! I started in the second pen (45-50 minutes) which was correct for my finishing time. As usual, many runners went past me in the first kilometer and after that I was the one doing the overtaking. I didn't find myself getting boxed in at any time, but in a field of nearly 3000 you're never likely to get a completely clear run. I personally had no problems with traffic on the country lanes, although I did notice one point near the hill where police and marshals were holding back vehicles while runners went through. Were the roads closed? Certainly an enjoyable event for a great cause. Date of review: October 12, 2010
In short: Excellent cross-country run In full: My first time at this event. Very enjoyable and well-organised. Be prepared for an uphill climb for around 1.5k up to the 5k mark. After that, the second half of the course is easier. Date of review: October 12, 2009