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
In short: Failed chip timing :( In full: This was my first half marathon and as I forgot to stop my watch at the end, until I had got my bags, I was so disappointed that the chip timing had failed and the chip timing company were guessing the times based on initial wave times, but the gentleman at the start said not to worry about waves and to just go as soon as you got to the start therefore very few people left at their allocated wave. This also lead to bottle necks.
Lack of a microphone at the start line didn't help either and I am convinced the course was longer than a half.
The actual course is flat, soft in places and actually a really nice run along the river and back, I couldn't fault the route.
Over priced car parking at a school, when there was public parking closer, not enough toilets that I ended up walking to the train station and queuing there instead ! my promised goody bag was just one leaflet and I didn't even get a drink of water at the finish.
The medal wasn't best looking medal around, but it was solid and nice enough. Date of review: January 9, 2016
In short: An enjoyable 10k race In full: An enjoyable 10k race, not hilly, but gradual, two laps didn't ruin the race for me, although I normally choose not to do multi lap courses where possible, I enjoyed this route that it didn't matter I was running it twice. The organisation was good and the parking nice and easy. The atmosphere was fun and friendly.
You get a nice medal with a free iTaB, although the ribbon or medal didn’t distinguish between the 5K and 10k which was a shame.
Free photos, although I didn’t find myself in many of them, so not so great if you were after a photo as its pot luck.
Immediate chip timing, with a great addition online of the finishing video with your time.
I would recommend sporting time events Date of review: January 9, 2016
In short: Loved it ! In full: I really enjoyed the gut buster 10 miler, it had a lovely warm friendly atmosphere and was very well run.
The chip timing company were great, instant times and they even uploaded a finish line video with your times, which was a bit embarrassing but a nice touch and the photographers uploaded their photos FOC result !
The 10miler was 60% trail and 40% road, so I opted to wear my hybrid shoes, which I think was sensible due to the amount of road covered, but not so great in the very deep mud of the cabbage fields ! It was really good fun though and I enjoyed running round the Roman walls.
Arrive early if you have been assigned parking at the farm, as I noticed a fair few people parking there that should have actually been at the park and ride.
The other really nice bit was that you could change your mind and opt for the 10k if you wanted (as long as you let them know when you finished) so you could make up your mind when you reached the break off point for the 10k and 10miler.
Water was in cups or in the forge you could run through !
No negative comments, just a couple of constructive things; I felt the man talking at the start could have done with a microphone I wish the ribbons that were attached to the medals, said if it was a 10mile or 10k race that you completed, but the free engraving of time was great and arrived promptly. That racing dogs should be on lead. Date of review: January 9, 2016
In short: A perfect pre Christmas run in the Evesham countryside. In full: Access to the clubhouse to stay warm before and use the showers afterwards really helped. Will definitely run again next year. Date of review: January 8, 2016
In short: A pleasant countryside run In full: The race was definitely tougher during the first half than the second half - the wind and the hills saw to that. But the countryside was lovely, the marshals were extremely efficient and friendly (I think I was wished a 'good morning' at least 4 times and welcomed to Bedfordshire at least twice), and any race which gets easier as you go along is fine by me. I ended up running the second half of the race 10 minutes quicker than the first and feeling refreshed at the finish. The only gripe I have was the lack of medal. Date of review: January 7, 2016