In short: If you like hills, mud and cake this is for you. Superbly organised by Steve and the marshals and villagers do themselves proud every year. Cracking atmosphere and camaradarie. Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Beautiful race. Tough in places, but who cares!? In full: My second go at this race, and got a PB by 11 minutes - so although the undulations make it a challenge a decent time is still possible. Lovely underfoot, not a technical trail at all, and plentiful refreshment points along the way (I alternated water and isotonic drink, which seemed to work well for me). Great facilities at start and finish, really nice medal and goody bag (my only criticism would be the design and colour of this year's finishers t-shirt, but that's quite a minor point). Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Brilliant Race - very well marshalled and delicious cakes! In full: This is one to do! I have run it twice now and will do it again. Organisation is fantastic. Marshalling is excellent - very friendly. Cakes delicious. Good value all round. Scenery stunning. Lots of mud and very steep hills, but superb camaraderie. Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Still the best around! In full: 2015 was my 5th year doing this event but it still never gets old. An wonderfully enjoyable event that is the highlight of my running calendar each year. The scenery along with the leg busting course will keep you coming back for more, year after year. Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: These races need mud and boy did it have mud. In full: Superb event with a lovely village atmosphere. Well done to the organisers, cake makers, villagers, marshals, Scouts (on baggage)for making it a very special race. Cant recommend it enough.
In short: Fun in the mud for just £3 In full: Absolutely terrific event this. Ran for the first time yesterday (Jan 2016). Thames Hare & Hounds put on a great run and for just £3, including free tea and cake afterwards, you can't go wrong.
The course was very wet and muddy - which I love - and so i'm glad I wore my trail shoes. The course takes you through much of Wimbledon Common, alongside the brook and up a hill through the golf course. There's plenty of downhill as well to make up for the mildly challenging hill in the middle. I shall certainly be back! Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Brilliant but very very very muddy this year! In full: Cracking race again, as ever. This is always superbly organised. They even managed the rain (overnight, and dry on the day)... If memory serves this was one of the 'harder' years - the underfoot conditions in placing were 'challenging', and not just the hilly bits. I genuinely found the long muddy track near the second water station to be one of worst bits (I was tried by then, and just found it hard to keep going). Many thanks to all who give up time to organise this race. See you again next year. Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Fantastic event very tough but suitable for all . In full: This is a great local race which kicks off the new calendar year . Its 10 miles of mud hills thrills & spills. The cake after is too die for all baked by the locals from Milton lilbourne massive credit to them for letting this event happen every year in their village. The Race Director throws so much enthusiasm in you cannot fail to be inspired at the start line this is a must do event. Date of review: January 11, 2016
In short: Fun, friendly and great cakes! In full: This was my third time running this race and this year was more muddy and wet but great! The whole village seems to get involved to make this a brilliant but hard race, but due to the organisation and cake its worth coming back again next year! Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Loved it! In full: Well organised, encouraging marshals, plenty of mud, water and hills, wide level of abilities not just for the elite crowd. Definitely on the list for next year. Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Excellent First Race For Anyone Wanting to Take Up Trail Running In full: Ran this race for the first time in 2016. Firstly having the race so close to Christmas has put me off a little during previous years, however I thought I'd give it a go. One important point to make about this race, is that it is a mixed ability race, there are plenty of slow runners taking part as well as fast ones, so don't worry about being left alone to run with the tail marshals! The chances are you're more likely to be running with a group of other runners. Firstly, the part I dread when running a race - car parking. Most races I've done there never is enough parking spaces, however this one the villagers helped us out, by giving us additional parking spaces around the village, for example one person let us park on his drive! Imagine someone allowing this for a big city race! At the start of the race there is a village hall to keep warm until the race starts. Also there is a baggage area, where when you return you bag is handed back to you the moment you walk up to it. Plenty of toilets on site too. Nice mile warm up route down a lane to the first hill, and after a climb, you're heading into a gully filled with mud, which becomes a stream further down. Half way round there is a hill which you need to use your hands as well as your feet to climb, I found it's worth working together as a team for this section. After reaching the top, watch out for the rabbit holes! Heading down, it's a case of sliding, with a nice pool at the bottom to clean the mud off your shoes. Plenty more mud to come after this, plus the gully again, with the final mile a run around a few fields to the finish line. Afterwards, into the Village Hall where the villagers have made a huge variety of home made cakes, which you can purchase with a cup of tea or coffee, and if you're a slow runner, don't worry, there will be plenty left for you. All in all, an excellent race, some nice scenery, well worth taking a waterproof camera if you have one, or simply purchase your photos from official race photographer Charles Whitton Photography. Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Loved this race. Hard going, tough hills, fantastic atmosphere. In full: Really good organisation, very friendly. Beautiful course if you can lift your head from working out the best course through the mud for your feet! Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Hard tough xc but brilliant will test the fittest runners ,great challenge. In full: Very scenic route ,with the challenge of the cliveden steps recommend . The organization for this event was perfect