In short: Nice new start and finish make this an even quicker trail half In full: I have done all four in the series and this new course is the best for speed and still beautiful. Go out at your 10k pace hold on between 7-10 and return to 10k pace in the last three. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: A race that defines why we run - it has it all In full: This race has it all and I keep on coming back. It's a quick 10k along the towpath. Then after it transmogrifies into an adventure race for a few miles, as it passes through hills, woodland and marsh and is extremely exciting. Then a return back to the towpath reminds you that this is a half marathon and it is time to spill your guts and hang on till the end. Simply brilliant. Date of review: November 17, 2012
In short: not a 10k and never has been (but alot of fun!) In full: Great cross-country 10k BUT..This is shorter than the 2011 course by 100m. It actually measures 9.71 km not 10k. My watch said it, the mapmyrun shows it (http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/94597881/?open_ive_done=1&new_route=1) and others observed it like naturalbornrunner. If I want to compare with 2011 times I must add 23s to my time given my pace. If I want to compare it to all my 10k, I must at 1.07 mins to my time to know if this was a PB. It wasn't but I had a lot of fun, so thanks Wheathamstead.
To organisers: Nice day out but please get the course measured properly. You need an extra 300m somewhere. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Corking -felt like I had gone to heaven In full: Ran this race for the second time in a row and my review isn't different from last time. This is a brilliant race and fairly fast if you want it to be. If you are thinking about a race plan, I think I have now figured it out. Run the first 10k along the tow path to the bottom of the hill at 10k race pace. Expect then to just manage the following 4 miles with an average 10-20% loss on average pace. Come back on the tow path for the last 3 miles and make sure you are quick (back to 10k race pace)as this is where you will be picked off if you start to flag.
In short: Tough? Yes. Do-able? Yes. Hurts? Guaranteed In full: The race was so well organised - well done marshalls. This is a hard course, and you have to practically spill your guts to remain under 7 mi/min due to the 6 hill sections. Awesome course and a real challenge! I will be back next year. Date of review: September 25, 2010