In short: Could be so much better In full: This was a decent enough event, and with a bit more thought could have been so much better. The route is well marked and marshalled. The setting is very nice and having closed road is always a nice bonus. I do think that they should straight line the finish a little bit more instead of having to make two turns off the road. But I'm nit picking now.
The problems I found were with the parking. There is a large open field between the start and finish line, so it's ideally positioned. That said there was no urgency by those in charge to get cars in and parked. The queue was back onto the main road and you could tell people were getting annoyed and frustrated, as they just wanted to get in, parked and start warming up. My second complaint was regarding the "no music" rule. We were all told on the start line that we could not listen to music on the route or face being disqualified. There was no mention of this on their website or in the booklet they sent out once you had signed up. It's a bit late in the day to be telling 400 people this. There were loads of annoyed people running the route with headphones wrapped around their wrists, and there was no need for this either. With closed roads there was zero traffic, and besides you are running on country lanes not main roads.
Fix the parking and let us listen to music and this could be a really great event. Date of review: September 24, 2013
In short: Poor organisation In full: I was really looking forward to this race. In pleasant surroundings, away from traffic and a nice flat course. Sounds like an ideal 10k run for after work. And all those things are true, however the race was ruined for a group of runners who were held up getting to the event because of the heavy traffic in the village of Pangbourne. This meant there was a group of 10-15 runners rushing to get to the start line.
People needing the toilet who had to wait in line behind non runners. And to rub salt into the wound they started the race knowing full well there were people still waiting to get to the start line. For the sake of waiting 1 more minute everyone could have been in place. This meant those of us starting at the back had to muscle are way past hundreds of slower runners at the start which as it turns out is the narrowest section of the course. What a complete joke. We had a similar thing at the Tadley 10k earlier in the month and the starter was decent enough to hang on for 30 seconds.
Will I do this race again. No, and I won't be recommending it either. Date of review: August 1, 2013
In short: A good first 10k run In full: This was my first timed 10k run. Well organised and a nice atmosphere. The course gets you to run past the start where loads of people are there to cheer you on which can really give you a much needed boost. Will be doing this one again for sure. Date of review: January 13, 2013
In short: One too many long hills In full: Seemed strange to start in the road, when there is a sports field next to the road. Also the end was in the middle of a road, and it seemed too cluttered when your trying to finish a race, the last thing you want is a medal given to you and your timing chip taken from you. The route is based in the countryside, but there are two nasty long hills one of which is right at the end. Date of review: January 13, 2013