In short: A 20miler well worth a try In full: Nice flat course along very quiet roads - no offroad or pavement sections. Water in bottles (with the sports cap thing) Marshalls quiet, but not unfriendly Nice emphasis on not littering the pleasant countryside Tea and cakes at finish - along with a medal and rather nice tee -shirt Warm HQ. Toilets just adequate for 200 or so. Changing and showers for males and females. I emailed Rogue Runs after the event to tell them the race had been removed from Runners' World and I wished to add feedback - they were straight back to me and put the race details back on the site ASAP. Good work. A good experience and I would certainly consider this run again. Date of review: March 24, 2015
In short: 6 hills... 'nuff said... In full: A real tester of a run. I found it exhausting - particularly the last 5 miles (strange how it is always the last few miles, isn't it?) I felt all of my 57 years - and more. Fortunately the weather and underfoot conditions were quite favourable (remember 2013 anyone?). Parking and toilet situation far better than previously at the Scout hut. However only a 3 sided 'shed' for cover at start / finish - important if you are coming from any distance - particularly in adverse weather conditions, changing wet kit in a car is difficult - though more difficult on a motorcycle I suppose. Friendly folk and meal at finish - I did not partake but nice usp and good for you more sociable folk! Do this for a real challenge - and the views if you like that sort of thing!
In short: Pretty good.... In full: A good course, undulating (I found it quite testing, but that might just be my age) but all runnable. Not traffic free, but quiet Sunday morning traffic caused no problems. Nice atmosphere on The Green (music etc). Water in bottles always a major plus for me (2 water stations had bottles with the sports cap thingy - +1, wish more marathons would... I digress) No changing or showers. Not enough loos even for this relatively small event - perhaps having a portaurinal thing they have at some events would be useful. On the whole a good experience, will certainly consider running here again. Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: An interesting change In full: Running around a motorsports' course was interesting. Flat and fast - with lots of detailed timings directly after finishing. Lots of toilets and showers; however (irritatingly) the changing facilities advertised seemed to be in the toilet areas of the toilet /shower blocks therefore wet floors and nowhere to leave clothes /bags etc....therefore making it impractical to use the shower facilities. Quite a nice 'buzz' with duathletes on site as well as us 10k'ers. Plenty of car -parking and food etc facilities. Friendly (though quite ill informed - those I spoke to at least ) 'helpers'. Would make a good first competitive 10k. Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Didn't expect it to be that hard In full: I was middle -aged at start, by 12k I was an old man. Narrow rocky steps and inclines (up and down) are a 57year old's worst nightmare (our shock-absorbers aren't what they once were). Fortunately there was 7 or 8k of flat pavement....bliss. Plenty of water stations (some with jelly beans etc). Nice tec-tee and muff thing - and medal - at finish. This was my slowest ever marathon so (of course) I was thinking 'oh no, I'm too old for running' and other self-pitying stuff, however after seeing the results I realised 75% of competitors had even more difficulty than me! So I'm not stopping running just yet. Enter this event if you want to build your character! Date of review: February 16, 2015
In short: Good first half-marathon of the year In full: All on-road. A little undulating, with a 'nice' hill for last 1k. Just water in plastic cups en-route. Marshals fine, cotton t-shirt, no showers, toilets - just enough. Roads are as quiet as you can expect, civilised start time.
In short: Liked it....very satisfying In full: Hilly - well described as such. However the inclines are just (for me anyway) runnable ....very slowly, this made for an extremely satisfying run; it is soul-destroying to trudge up hill after hill in some events.
Lots of free parking. Loads of toilets. Changing facilities. Showers (very necessary....more mud than a mud factory) a queue, but only a short wait. Free tea, coffee and biscuits - before and after. Friendly marshals, well marked course and the reassuring presence of qualified first-aid folk. Location great - changing in jockeys' room, running alongside course. Couple of nice quirks - singing national-anthem at start, bottle of beer and carrot ( with nice chewy/nutty bar thing, nice tec -tee and fine medal).
In short: Well worth a visit In full: If you have only run flat 10ks this is well worth entering if you are looking to step up to a 10miler or a half marathon. This is undulating enough to test your fitness, but not so hilly as to be demoralising for relative newbies. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: It's the pint that thinks it's a quart In full: Same as always....in a good way. Great to have Shillingstone railway station as the focal point - parking, quaint café, finish point. Course is still a great test of fitness (1900ft'ish of climb and 90% off-road). 3 water stations - plastic cups. Always an excellent memento - this year a rather nice yellow tec-tee. Great value for money. Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Low key, good for first-time halfers. In full: Not traffic free - but not a problem. Plenty of friendly marshals - no danger of becoming lost. 4 water stations - in plastic cups, no jelly-babies etc. Not flat - but not 'silly hilly', mostly flattish/downhill after first 4or5 miles. Car parking easy. I've done this event 3 times, i'm sure i'll come back again. I emphasise how pleasantly low-key the day is. Date of review: August 24, 2014