10k Race Reviews

Minchinhampton 10k

The Minchinhampton 10k race is 93% road and 7% grass. It starts on the common and descends sharply where it meets Windmill Road. The route then takes runners through a narrow lane in the centre of Minchinhampton. A few undulations later and you pass HRH Princess Anne’s home and past the golf course. Go up Butt Street for the final hill and enter the common at Blue Boys Corner with a grass sprint finish.

Minchinhampton is a small hilltop town in the Cotswolds which was once prosperous with the production of cloth. The 600 acre common was granted to the people of the town in the 16th century. The National Trust bought the common before the Second World War to control quarrying.

About the race
When: – 
Sunday 11 March 2018 @ 10.00am

Where: – Minchinhampton Academy, School Lane, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9BP

Cost: – £23.00

Organisers website: – iamoutdoors.uk

Race Aces
Lovely route around Minchinhampton country lanes.

Cute medal and matching t-shirt.

There’s also a ‘Mini Minch’ which is a shorter race which many children take part in.

Race Unlaces
No parking directly on the site, but there was adequate parking around the surrounding streets. This wasn’t ideal when we were looking to leave because obviously everyone was trying to leave at around the same time.

Headphones are not permitted due to running on open roads and at times the roads had heavy traffic.

If you’re not into that kind of thing, this course was of an undulating nature.

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:02:20 | Pace: 9:53 | Mile splits: 9:56, 9:16, 8:42, 11:26, 9:57, 10:06, 2:25
Position: 280/471 | Gender position: 104/257

Total runners: 471 | Fastest Male: 35:20 | Fastest Female: 42:49 | Slowest: 1hr 52

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Facebook:
 I am Outdoors | Twitter: @allrunners

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 17min ~ 104 miles | Birmingham:  1hr 32min ~ 79 miles | Bristol: 53min ~ 31 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 17min ~ 62 miles | Exeter: 1hr 57min ~ 108 miles

Next event: 2019

Overall star rating: 

Other events from the organiser: Bisley 10k, Cranham Beast, Nailsworth Mills

Conclusion
I got to race HQ nice and early to pick up my bib number and I’m glad that I did because it soon got pretty busy. There were portaloos in the school car park and they were all empty too – hallelujah it’s going to be a great race!

This has got to be one of my favourite races so far, despite the open roads where there were some quite fast cars passing at some points. Minchinhampton is a lovely area full of beautiful houses and countryside. The atmosphere of the race was really friendly and the marshals were encouraging. I also thought the medal and t-shirt were a good quality and they had a cute design on them.

There wasn’t anything I could think of that I didn’t enjoy about this race, and it’s one of the only times I’ve ever run 10k and thought ‘I can’t wait to come back and run this race again’.

For spectators, there’s not a great deal to do but part of the school is open so they can grab some cake and drinks inside if they wanted to. When we bought a couple of drinks before hand (which I never do) we also had 2 free biscuits so that set my mood for the race to come!

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

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10k Race Reviews

Chew Valley 10k (2017)

The race heads out on the rural roads towards East Harptree in the shadow of the Mendip Hills. The challenge comes in the climb up to Hinton Blewitt up the infamous hill where your energies will be rewarded with wide views over the Chew Valley. The final stretch drops you back into Bishop Sutton.

When: – Sunday 11 June 2017

Where: – Race HQ, Bishop Sutton Village Hall, Wick Road, Bishop Sutton, BS39 5XD

Cost: – £18.50

Organisers website: – www.chewvalley10k.co.uk

Chew Valley is the 5th largest artificial lake in the UK with 1,200 acres. It was created in the 1950s and opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1956. Before the lake was created, investigaions showed evidence of occupation since Neolithic times.

Chew Valley is a world renowned fly fishing venue and one of the most heavily stocked Trout fisheries in Europe.

During the storm of 1968, the lake gained an extra 471 million gallons and rose 19 inches in under 12 hours. The lake provides drinking water for the city of Bristol and surrounding area. The total capacity is 4,500 million gallons!

The name ‘Chew’ is believed to originate from the French word ‘eau’ meaning water. Or the Welsh ‘cyw’ which translates as young of an animal or chicken (the full Welsh title ‘Afon Cyw’ loosely translates as ‘river of the chickens’).

Race Aces
The last section of this race is entirely downhill and you feel like a rocket man coming down from the last hill, Heartbreak Hill, which is how I ended up with my fastest mile on my last split.

There was chip timing at this event, with a tag which attaches to your running shoes along with free parking which was fairly close to the race HQ.

This was a very friendly race, because there were no headphones allowed, people were more inclined to talk along the route (especially when we approached the giant hill in the middle).

Free race photos! Hooray… or nayyyyyy… depending on how you feel about them!

Race Unlaces
Because this was a race on open roads, headphones were not permitted.

Oh, have I mentioned, there’s a GIANT hill in the middle of this race. I didn’t see one single person attempting to even run up this hill as it was most likely more efficient to walk it.

Race HQ was nothing spectacular. My spectator found that there wasn’t much to do here as you’re kind of in the middle of a housing area.

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:02:53 | Pace: 10:08 | Mile splits: 8:48, 9:31, 10:18, 13:07, 10:21, 8:45, 2:17
Position: 498/721 | Gender position: 206/372

Total runners: 721 | Fastest Male: 37:24 | Fastest Female: 41:49 | Slowest Runner: 1:30:05

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Instagram:
 @ChewValley10k | Twitter: @ChewValley10k
Official hashtags: #CV10k

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 45min ~ 124 miles | Birmingham:  2hr 08min ~ 107 miles | Bristol: 30min ~ 11 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 20min ~ 53 miles | Exeter: 1hr 34min ~ 72 miles

Next event: 10 June 2018

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
I liked that this was a really friendly race, and even though the hill was awful, you know that old saying ‘misery loves company’ and it was a nice change to have conversations with other runners. This was quite a lonely race though, as I find with country runs generally as there’s not much support in terms of spectators around the course. At times it can feel a bit like you’re running on your own.

There was a bit of entertainment at race HQ but I don’t think there was enough to keep my spectator amused (although it didn’t help that we didn’t realise there were things going on behind the Village Hall doh).

The race medal wasn’t much to brag about but I did really like the race t-shirt which had a picture of the lake and some ducks on the front. Very often race t-shirts aren’t that stylish in my opinion but this one was nice and I’d actually wear it out.

Once the race was over and we headed back home, we stopped off at the Chew Valley Lake and we spent ages there watching the birds which was just a perfect end to a race. It was so quiet there, if it wasn’t quite so cold we would have hung around a while longer as the views are just spectacular.

Would I run it again? Sure would and actually am. I’m not 100% sure why as I only gave this race 3 stars… I think it’s because I want to come back again this year and ‘conquer’ that hill!

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

10k Race Reviews

Glastonbury Round the Tor 10k (2017)

The race starts on Street Road and heads towards the Town Centre. At the top of the High Street, the route turns left and proceeds along Wells Road, sweeping past the cemetery. At the 3k point, the course turns right passing the hospital and left onto the lane that loops the back of the Tor. At the far end, the course turns right up the Old Butleigh Road (aka Heartbreak Hill) onto the deceptively long finish line.

About the race
When: – 
Sunday 30 April 2017

Where: – Magdalene Street, Glastonbury 

Cost: – £20.50 (unaffiliated)

Organisers website: – www.glastonburyroadrun.info

This is the 36th road run, originally held around the Tor in 1981 over a 5.69 mile course. Since it began, the only year it has not been held was 2004 due to the foot and mouth outbreak. The race starts and finishes within a stones throw of the alleged burial place of King Arthur in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century.

Evidence shows that the town has been inhabited since Neolithic times when flint tools were recovered at the top of the Tor.

Glastonbury originally went by the name of Glestingaburg and the Tor is topped by St. Michael’s Tower.

Race Aces
Great atmosphere. I think this is what keeps people coming back time and time again to this quaint race around the countrylands of Glastonbury.

The race medal and t-shirt are good quality and you can’t complain they aren’t bright, when the t shirt is neon orange!

The Round the Tor route takes you mostly around scenic country roads and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot as you’re going around and the race is chip timed.

Free race photos! Yay, who doesn’t love free race photos. But also, who ever looks good in their race photos? If you’re one of those people message me immediately and let me know how you do it!

Race Unlaces
There’s no parking directly at race HQ and there’s about a 15 minute walk to the start line which you should probably consider your warm up.

This is not a flat course and they’ve thrown in some nice hilly hills for you to enjoy.

Headphones are discouraged, the course is on traffic free roads, but you must be able to hear marshals and your surroundings.

If you love regimented, start-on-time races then this probably isn’t for you. We arrived in plenty of time at the Town Hall to collect the race bibs and t-shirts, however, there were a lot of people who hadn’t collected theirs yet and they delayed the start of the race by around 10-15 minutes to give everyone a chance to congregate at the start line. This is a much more chilled out race than, say, Bristol.

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:03:41 | Pace: 10:15 | Mile splits: 9:33, 9:24, 10:27, 10:20, 10:29, 11:03, 2:06
Position: 542/614

Total runners: 614 | Fastest Course Time: 30:43

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 50min ~ 136 miles | Birmingham:  2hr 25min ~ 124 miles | Bristol: 1hr 04min ~ 27 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 36min ~ 75 miles | Exeter: 1hr 20min ~ 60 miles

Next event: 6 May 2018

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
This was my first ever ‘proper race’. I was already training for the Bristol Half Marathon in the September and thought that this would be a good gauge of where I was in my training. I was aiming for under the hour but considering it was a fairly hilly course and a bit of headwind, I’m pretty pleased with this result.

Even though the race was mostly on closed country roads and a little lonely at times there was great support all the way around. Lots of residents had come out from their houses and were cheering on runners as they went around.

There’s also quite a lot for spectators to do and runners once they’ve completed the race. There were lots of activities and entertainment going on around race HQ (and obviously I saw a lady in a dinosaur onesie).

Would I run it again? For sure, I’m already signed up again for 2018’s race and I think it will be bigger and better than 2017 I can’t wait!

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

10k Race Reviews

Clock Change Challenge (2017)

This course is fast and flat, perfect for a PB with an out and back route along quiet country lanes.

About the race

When: –
Sunday 29 October 2017 @ 11.00am

Where: – Calne Leisure Centre, White Horse Way, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0SP

Cost: – £15.00 unattached

Organisers website: – www.riderhq.com

Race Facts
The Calne story begins AD 978 and is known for its canal (which was completed in 1810 and abandoned in 1914) and rail travel (the railway station opened in 1863 and closed in 1965 from insufficient demand), woollen broadcloth and meat production.

Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen at the nearby Bowood House.

Race Aces
Impressive medal for a less expensive race and with chip timing.

Free parking at the race site.

Pre and Post race sports massage.

Clock Change Challenge Medal

Race Unlaces
Even though parking was free, I got there later than I usually arrive at races, the sports centre car park was manic. There was an overflow car park on the tennis courts but they were also gridlocked.

Headphones are not permitted and the road is open to traffic.

As it was a smaller race there were very few spectators at the finish line, and by the time I’d finished there were only a couple of people left it seemed!

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:04:46 | Pace: 10:22 | Mile splits: 10:02, 10:14, 10:26, 10:33, 10:13, 10:34, 2:36
Position: 287/331 | Gender position: 115th

Total runners: 331 | Fastest Male: 30:55 | Fastest Female: 41:13 | Slowest Finisher: 1:23:16

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 11, 90 miles | Birmingham: 2hr 07, 103 miles | Bristol: 1hr, 36 miles| Cardiff: 1hr 36, 69 miles | Exeter: 2hr 12, 114 miles

Next event: 25 March 2018

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
This was a splendid little race with a great medal! The only things I didn’t really enjoy were that it was quite a lonely race around the course and not many spectators at the end (which is great for anyone who has come to support you as they have full view of your spectacular finishing sprint!) but it was quite strange and a contrast to the drumming and festival atmosphere at the start.

I also wasn’t a fan of the car parking arrangements, while I’m sure there were plenty of spaces for the amount of runners, it was just chaos and I didn’t leave race HQ until enough cars had gone home as there was only one road in and out. At the end of the day though parking was free and you could see the start / finish line from the car park so at least any spectators didn’t have to hang around outside at the leisure centre if they didn’t want to.

Would I run it again? Yes and in fact I am going to race the spring Clock Change Challenge (although this time I’m going to be losing an hour instead of gaining an hour).

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

10k Race Reviews

Bristol 10k (2017)

Starting on Anchor Road near Millennium Square and Bristol Cathedral, it runs parallel to the historic Bristol Harbour before continuing along Avon Gorge and taking in the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. The return route takes in Spike Island and the Cumberland Basin before passing the soaring Gothic St. Mary Redcliffe, finishing on Anchor Road.

About the race
When: – 
Sunday 7 May 2017 @ 9.38am

Where: – Millennium Square, Canons Way, Bristol

Cost: – £29.00

Organisers website: – www.greatrun.org/great-bristol-10k

The infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard once had a hideaway cave under St. Mary Redcliffe Church.

Treasure Island features many locations around Bristol.

Bristol is the world’s biggest manufacturers of hot air balloons.

Ribena was invented in Bristol at the National Fruit and Cider institute and marketed as a health drink due to its high concentration of Vitamin C.

13,000 runners signed up to the Bristol 10k in 2017 with a record number of entries and drew crowds of 20,000 people. The event was first staged in 1989 and has become the 3rd largest event of its kind in the UK.

Race Aces
Chip timed event (attached to your race number which is posted to you prior to the race).

Headphones are permitted as the race is run entirely on closed roads. You may not want to listen to music going around though as there truly is an amazing atmosphere all around the course to spur you on.

The Bristol 10k is a ‘big race’, it’s very well organised, elite runners attend and there are a lot of runners. There are also Duracell Bunny pacers.

The route is pleasant around Bristol City and you run past a lot of famous landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

This is a fairly flat course with the exception of a couple of hills on the last section (which I wasn’t personally thrilled about) but there are lots of spectators to cheer you on here and also I didn’t want to lose face by walking in front of all of those people!

I achieved a race PB on this course (not an all time PB though) but it’s a great course for beginners.

Great quality medal and t-shirt.

Race Unlaces
Parking… let’s just say parking in Bristol City Centre isn’t the best on a good day and race day is no exception. What makes it worse is that most of the main roads in and around Bristol are closed so you have to park some distance away from race HQ.

As the race has a large amount of competitors at times it can make parts of the course crowded. I also broke the golden rule of races and got a tad swept away with the starter runners and did my fastest mile on mile 1 (mostly because the first section is slightly downhill).

If you were looking for some race photos of the day, they’ll set you back a pretty penny. Your entry fee is going towards the medal, t-shirt and road closures etc. I always look awful in race photos anyway so I’m not too fussed about purchasing them!

My Race Stats:
Time: 58:19 | Pace: 9:23 | Mile splits: 8:59, 9:04, 9:32, 9:31, 9:34, 9:35, 2:03
Position: 6089/11,000 | Gender position: 2,040

Total runners: 11,000 | Fastest Male: 29:17 | Fastest Female: 33:40

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Instagram:
 @great_run + @simplyhealthuk | Twitter: @great_run
Official hashtags: #greatbristol10k

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 27min ~ 118 miles | Birmingham:  1hr 47min ~ 97 miles | Bristol: zero, you’re already here! | Cardiff: 1hr 4min ~ 45 miles | Exeter: 1hr 32min ~ 79 miles

Next event: 13 May 2018

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
This has been my best paced, fastest race to date. I felt well trained on the day and I was excited to see if I could achieve a PB (I was just around a minute off). The atmosphere around the course is exceptionally motivational and I found I was more reluctant to walk at any time because of it (I didn’t walk at all except for a couple of seconds at the water station).

There’s so much to do at race HQ as you’re in the centre of Bristol City and there are lots of bars, shops and places to hang out if you’re a spectator. The only downside of there being so many people is that you may miss seeing your athlete finishing because of the crowds and you can’t always stand in the prime spots like you can on smaller races.

Personally, I feel that this is quite an expensive race and I guess you’re paying for all of the extras and the privilege of racing around a major city. This is my hometown and I’ve never raced here and not enjoyed it, and I signed up for 2018 pretty much as soon as I got home which will be my 3rd time running the 10k here.

Would I run it again? Already signed up for this year, there’s not much I don’t love about Bristol. I also like that when you’re running in your hometown you have lots of willing spectators to come and cheer you on!

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

10k Race Reviews

Longleat 10k (2018)

The race starts on Lodge Drive facing the imposing Longleat House and then takes a left and left again through High Woods where there is a 1km climb to Horningsham Village, returning down Lodge Drive to the start. The 2nd loop goes past Longleat House passing the caravan park before taking a left and a short hill past half way. On returning to Longleat the 1st loop is run again finishing on Lodge Drive.

About the race
When: –
Sunday 28 January 2018 @ 10:00am

Where: – Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Cost: – £20.00 unattached (not including admin fees) and a t-shirt was £10.00

Organisers website: – www.longleat.co.uk | booked via www.209events.com 

Race map with mile markers ~ Garmin
Longleat 10k Elevation ~ Strava


Longleat is an English, 9,800 acre, stately home noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze and safari park. It was the first stately home to open to the public and includes the first safari park outside of Africa.

Longleat was purchased in 1541 for £53, in 1567 the original house caught fire and burnt down and was replaced in 1580. The safari park opened in 1966 and is home to 500+ animals. The Longleat Hedge Maze is the world’s longest with 1.69 miles of pathway.

There are rumours that the 2019 Glastonbury Festival will be held at Longleat.

Race Aces
Free parking in the Longleat main park car park, just around the corner from Race HQ

Chip timed event (attached to your race number).

Headphones are permitted as the race is run on private roads. I didn’t listen to any music, I wanted to absorb to the atmosphere of the race.

A lovely scenic route around mostly woodland but the route also takes you past Longleat House on a couple of loops

I was hoping and praying for a medal with a lion on it, not knowing that the medal was a lion’s face. Possibly the best medal I’ve got in my collection.

Free race photos were available to download the day after the race (although all of mine were atrocious as per usual).

The goodie bag was jam-packed full of actual goodies

Race Unlaces
Race bib isn’t posted, you have to pick this up at race HQ but it was very well organised and we didn’t have to queue at all

Even though this is a looped race (which I don’t usually enjoy), this wasn’t the same looped race. It was a bit disconcerting, however, to get to the top of the first giant hill to then see a sign which said ‘5 miles’ and knowing you had to run up it again wasn’t the best feeling. The second loop though takes you another route around so it’s not technically a full looped race.

The worst part for me was when you’re on your final lap, as far as the eye can see is the final giant hill approaching and it’s pretty daunting!

At the 5k mark there was a water station but the drinks hadn’t been organised on the table (a lot of them were still in the plastic packages) and the marshals handing them out were trying to get the lids off so I abandoned that idea and carried on running.

If you aren’t into hills this is not the race for you… the race pretty much starts on an incline and it doesn’t get much better for a looonnggggg time. I was determined and didn’t stop running up the first hill but the second time around I just didn’t have it in me to run up again. I also wasn’t best pleased to find out after the event that there was a photographer at the top of one of the hills so not only did I look horrendous, I was also walking.

The park wasn’t open (obviously, otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to run around it) but we did get to have a leisurely walk around and saw some birds and some of the attractions. It made us want to come back when the park is open because we enjoyed it so much.

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:07:36 | Pace: 10:51 | Mile splits: 11:49, 9:22, 10:12, 10:52, 13:23, 9:59, 1:53
Position: 909/1164 | Gender position: 413/614

Total runners: 1164 | Fastest Male: 34:30 | Fastest Female: 40:21 | Slowest Finisher: 1hr 48min

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Instagram:
 longleatofficial | Twitter: @Longleat
Official hashtags: #LongleatPics

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 18min ~ 108 miles | Birmingham:  2hr 28min ~ 117 miles | Bristol: 1hr 09min ~ 30 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 42 min ~ 72 miles | Exeter: 1hr 47min ~ 82 miles

Next event: To be confirmed

Other events by this organiser: Bunny Hop 5k + 10k, New York Half Marathon, Great Wall Marathon China, Berlin Marathon, Polar Circle Marathon

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
This might be my new favourite race! Even though the weather was dismal and I got soaked that didn’t make the day any less enjoyable. We got to walk around the park while it was still pretty quiet and saw some birds and had a look at some of the attractions. This was, however, one of the hardest races I’ve ever encountered (others that spring to mind are the Jurassic Coast and Chew Valley 10ks) and look at my mile splits, they’re all over the place! While I do train hills, by the last hill I just had nothing left in me, but there was one consolation that the last 1k is completely downhill and then it’s a long stretch to the finish line.

My spectator also enjoyed the race and found plenty to do and, as the course was a looped race, you could stand in several places throughout to watch.

While I do think it was good value for money to be able to run around the park, great medal, stuffed goodie bag and free race photos, if they had upped the race to around £25-28 and included the race t-shirt, that would have been better.

Would I run it again? Without a doubt. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t really like about the race. We even stopped after for a little bit to take some photos of the estate while there weren’t many people around and thought we were going to get thrown out at some point. Loved, loved, loved it.

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

* I’d also like to thank my spectator who came with me to this race. I know you love it really but thanks for always trying to get the best video of me finishing, even if sometimes it is accidentally of the ground xxxxxx

10k Race Reviews

Magor 10k (2017)

Probably the flattest and fastest 10k in Wales. The course is all on scenic country lanes.

About the race
**Entries are open on 1st February for 28 July 2018 race**

When: – Saturday 29 July @ 10.00am

Where: – Undy Church & Community Hall, Church Road, Undy, NP26 3EN

Cost: – £12.00 unattached

Organisers website: – www.chepstowharriers.org.uk (I booked race via www.fabian4.co.uk)

Magor 10k Route of Map + mile markers ~ Garmin
Magor 10k Elevation Chart ~ Strava

Magor & Undy Facts
Magor, meaning ‘a wall’ is a large village in Monmouthshire that contains many Roman ruins and artefacts. Magor is also the home of St Mary’s Church, the oldest parts of which (the chancel and tower) date from the 13th and 14th centuries.

In 1996, a coffin dated from the 3rd century was found in Undy which contained the skeleton of a young woman.

Sign outside of Undy Church ‘Undy Pound’

Race Greats
On the course I spotted llamas, cows and horses, and I swear one of the horses said ‘Hi’ when I ran past.

There were free race photos and they are probably the best photos I’ve had taken to date. I was waving to someone at the finish line and it made for a really nice photo (where usually I look like a troll from under a bridge).

The race was really good value for money at £12.00, which I think is the cheapest race I ran in 2017, and there was free parking just around the corner from race HQ.

Chip timing is provided via a tag which you attach to your shoes.

Undy is a unique and lovely area and we spent some time around the church which was really pretty.

If you’re into that kind of thing, the race is super flat which means there’s a high chance you can go for a PB.

This race has the nicest marshals ever! Everyone was so friendly, super encouraging and it made for a great atmosphere.

Race Grates
If you’re travelling into Wales, like I was, you’ll have to pay a bridge toll (except this will soon be obsolete, hooray).

There’s not much for spectators to do at race HQ.

The country roads are very scenic but it’s not necessarily the most interesting route I’ve ever been on. Also, it can be inconvenient to have to move aside for traffic.

A personal ‘grate’ of mine, I was called a vulture by another runner because I was running a bit too close behind him. This was mostly because I just didn’t have it in me to overtake and it being a flat course made it even more difficult to really push myself and break away.

The medal wasn’t anything much to write home about but it was engraved on the back.

Headphones are banned from this race due to running on open country roads.

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:00:24 | Pace: 9:43 | Mile splits: 9:29, 9:21, 9:42, 9:35, 9:37, 9:45, 2:31
Position: 190/255 | Gender position: 60/104

Total runners: 255 | Fastest Male: 33:39 | Fastest Female: 41:21 | Slowest Finisher: 1:21:48

Watch my YouTube running vlog below

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Facebook: Chepstow Harriers | Twitter: @chepstowharrier

Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 35 ~ 131 miles | Birmingham: 1hr 45 ~ 104 miles  | Bristol: 34 min ~ 24 miles| Cardiff: 39min ~ 22 miles | Exeter: 1hr 37 ~ 89 miles

Next event: Saturday 28 July 2018

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
Even though this was a small race with not many runners (compared to, say, Bristol 10k) it was great as a beginners race and also for a more experienced runner. If you want to go for a PB then this is the place to do it (check out the elevation chart above) but also if you’re looking for a friendly first time 10k this will appeal to you too and you won’t have to break the bank to sign up.

I did enjoy the country roads but I do sometimes find them a little lonely. Obviously there’s not much support while you’re out in the depths of the race from spectators but this was honestly the most friendly race I’ve ever been to. The Marshals really made the race for me and my experience was better because of them, you guys rock!

My spectator didn’t have much to do while at HQ as there wasn’t much in the way of entertainment and they didn’t enjoy it for that reason.

Would I run it again? I most likely would but I think I’ll be on the hunt for new races in 2018.

Magor 10k ~ Rare race photo of me smiling!

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

* I’d also like to thank my spectator who came with me to this race. I know you love it really but thanks for always trying to get the best video of me finishing, even if sometimes it is accidentally of the ground xxxxxx

10k Race Reviews

Westonbirt House Summer 10k (2017)

The event sees competitors take on a 2 lap course, finishing directly in front of the stunning stately home. The race starts and finishes in front of the house and heads through the school grounds until a right turn onto a quiet country road. At the end of the first and second lap you run through the beautiful Westonbirt House gardens. The finish straight is a spectacular stretch in the house gardens, culminating in a finish line directly outside the Westonbirt House ~ Race description from official website

About the race
When: –
Friday 4 August 2017 @ 19:30

Where: – Westonbirt House, Westonbirt, Nr. Tetbury, Glos, GL8 8QG

Cost: – £24.22 unattached

Organisers website: – www.dbmax.co.uk (there is a great promotional video on here of the race)

Westonbirt House 10k Map ~ Garmin

Westonbirt Race Map and Mile Markers ~ Garmin

Westonbirt 10k Elevation Chart ~ Strava

Race Facts
Westonbirt House is an Elizabethan style, Grade I listed country house which belonged to the Holford family from 1665 until 1926. Since 1928, the house has been occupied by a girls’ boarding school.

There is also an Easter (March) and a Winter (December) race at Westonbirt House.

Race Aces
Race packs are sent via post and it’s a chip timed race

Free parking on site

The race finish line is up the beautiful steps leading to Westonbirt House. When you’re racing to the finish, the spectators cheering you on is amazing and you feel like a rock star.

The medal is also a bottle opener (and why not!) #finishinthebar

Race HQ is absolutely beautiful. You get the chance to look around the gardens which are fantastic and go into  Westonbirt House where they had stalls and the bar is open for anyone to enjoy a drink.

Race Unlaces
The race finish line is up the beautiful steps leading to Westonbirt House! Who doesn’t love the final push of a race going up a bunch of steps. It was all I could do not to trip over in front of all of the spectators who line each side of the steps.

Personally, I’m not a massive fan of 2 lap courses. I always feel really defeated seeing the 2km sign quickly followed by the 8km sign and thinking ‘gosh I’ve got a long way before I’m back here again’.

Race is on open roads and at times there was busy traffic down the country lanes. At one point we had a giant bus drive past us

No headphones allowed due to the open road

My Race Stats:
Time: 1:01 | Pace: 10:05 | Mile splits: 9:59, 9:18, 9:57, 10:38, 10:19, 10:16, 1:20
Position: 410/597 | Gender position: 196/352

Total runners: 597 | Fastest Male: 34:35 | Fastest Female: 39:10 | Slowest Finisher: 1:37

Watch my YouTube running vlog below

Organisers’ Social Media Information
Instagram:
dbmax_timing | Twitter: @dbmaxevents
Official hashtags: #finishinthebar #dbmaxselfie

Distances from Major Cities
London
: 1hr 45Birmingham: 1hr 30Bristol35 minCardiff: 1hrExeter: 1hr 45

Next event: 30 March 2018

Overall star rating:

Conclusion
Overall I thought this was a really charming race. Westonbirt House and the surrounding gardens are just stunning and race HQ is a delightful place to be, especially on a hot sunny day as it was on the day that I raced; my spectator enjoyed the atmosphere and the House and gardens. The race medal was attractive, well made and it looked great with my collection of medals (even if I couldn’t open a bottle with the bottle opener on it!). The only downsides for me were that it was a 2 lap race, of which I don’t enjoy so much, and while the country lanes were quite scenic there was also traffic on the roads. People would shout ‘car’ when there was a car coming and that was your cue to run tight against the embankment, which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to overtake another runner.

Would I run it again? Possibly. I saw the Winter medal and it looked splendid so I’d be tempted to run that one and also the Easter one to add to my collection but race-wise, I’m glad I did it, but I don’t think I’d run it again based solely on the route itself.

Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.

If there’s any more information about the race that you’d like to add or ask, please leave a comment below

* I’d also like to thank my spectator who came with me to this race. I know you love it really but thanks for always trying to get the best video of me finishing, even if sometimes it is accidentally of the ground xxxxxx