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
In short: 50k review In full: Plenty of water stations - many with cake/sweets Marshals friendly, and well positioned. Course we'll marked - only one arrow missing. There were (as far as I could tell) none of the problems pointed out by other reviewers (10k etc) of this year's event. Perfect mix (for me) of on/off road sections. Well supported - particularly at finish Free showers available 2 minutes away at leisure centre Parking free and convenient Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: I lapped it up... In full: 26x1mile laps + 0.2ml at start. Run on grass (that is not a training tip). Friendly organisers. Chip-timing. Good tec-tee and running socks plus a medal the size and weight of a dustbin lid. Just water and energy drink in cups, but easy to leave your own bits and bobs. Lots of facilities at Littledown centre - free parking, plenty of toilets, café etc. I shall run this again. Date of review: June 15, 2014
In short: Could become a top-run In full: Beautiful country views (if that's your 'thing') - nothing urban during entire run: 1 village, lots of farms, tracks and footpaths, some very minor back-roads. Very peaceful - often just the sound of one's own breathing and the rhythmic beat of your running.
Course had to be changed (slightly) due to underfoot conditioned - very smoothly done. Waymarking excellent (some of us went wrong at one point, soon sorted).
Water-stations well stocked and womanned well - helpful and encouraging, as were the marshals.
Nice atmosphere at start - quite a few camping. Free parking in the field adjacent to start, portaloos enough for all.
Finish low-key but efficient - excellent medals, tec tee, voucher for food.
The course itself is hilly (rises well over 5000ft according to my Endomondo), however they are (mostly) not soul destroying - that is until The Hill at about the mile from home mark...cruel and inhuman punishment! A USP for the event.