In short: Excellent trail race - but hard work! In full: The race is brutally hard - three massive hills and some technical, muddy and slippy terrain at times. But this doesn't detract from what was a beautiful and varied course. I actually enjoyed the 'undulations' - it removed some of the pressure of a road marathon and wanting to hit consistent splits. The marshalls were exceptionally friendly and the checkpoints had good food and drink options. It was, on the whole, well signed, although there were a couple of occasions of looking around for a sign. The white background tends to blend in on an overcast day - perhaps a pink background and white arrow would be more visible.
If you want to do a hassle free marathon in glorious surroundings then I couldn't recommend this enough. I feel proud to have finished what was a very hard race! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Absolutely awesome. In full: Cannot fault this event, the toughest thing I have ever done, makes my ironman finishes feel like a walk in the park. This is seriously tough- mentally and physically but worth the effort. The organisation is second to none, amazing support, amazing atmosphere, great event. The course itself is challenging, weather is challenging but that's the point, run this event, you will not be disappointed. Well done to Phil and his family for organising the best event I've ever ran. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Fast, flat, great atmosphere in nice park surrondings. In full: Firstly, this race is definitely not run on trail. It is entirely run on tarmac paths around Cardiff's scenic Bute Park. There were sections with some mud and leaf build up but nothing more than that.
The atmosphere for the run was great, lots of people in fancy dress, people supporting real or fake mos, and also the support around the course was very good - a very beginner friendly run for sure.
Some aspects of the organisation were odd, there was only a 10 minute gap between the 5k and 10k starts so the faster 10k runners very quickly had to contend with slower 5k runners. And there was no attempt to stop slower people parking themselves right at the front at the start of each run, so alot of weaving in and out was required from the off.
I did not mark the value score heavily as there wasn't a goody bag, only the medal and headband, but this is a charity race so I was not concerned by that.
Overall it was very enjoyable and I would definitely take part again. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Lack of helpers, Meant long queues In full: Has the potential to be good race, Plenty of Marshalls around the course. However lack of helpers at start and finish meant look queues to register and collect tee shirt at the end. Lack of KM markers was disappointing. Race was late starting if weather had been bad this would have been a real problem Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Get ready for the race of your life!! In full: When I entered this event in July I was expecting a hard and challenging 5 days of running and this didn't disappoint. I have never ran anything as hard!! With around 6000ft elevation gain per day. It consists of 8 laps each taking in the beautiful views of Rivington (although I would advise on taking them in on day 1 as by day 5 your brain will not allow it). The race is incredibly ran. For your money you get free hot and cold food before and after the race, free gels and drinks and one of best best medals everyday! You will meet some amazing people. The marshalls and helpers are FANTASTIC, helping every runner from front to back. I would SERIOUSLY put this on top of your next running event. Would I do it again....YES!! I cannot find enough words to praise this event.
In short: Excellent, friendly and supportive marshalls. Thank you. In full: My second year of running this and I still struggled along the long A20 stretches - noisy from road traffic! Although the majority of the race was through country lanes which was peaceful. Can be quite a lonely run as the field does spread out considerably. Quite a swift course and I managed to knock 5 minute off last year's time despite running on the tail end of a cold. Use of the hotel leisure centre at the end was a welcome treat - use of pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room! I had a great time . Thank you organisers. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: All around a great race and atmosphere. In full: Enjoyed the route. It looks relatively flat when you see the profile in advance but it always seems to feel hilly when I run it! Nevertheless, I've run 3 different 10 mile courses and my two fastest times are at Wimborne.
Really enjoyed the race and the event as a whole. Lots of marshals before the race to make sure you know what's what and plenty throughout the run to keep you going and on-track.
Nice Goody Bag and free post race massage and as ever an awesome (free) selection of cake!
Special thanks from me as I secured a late place via a number transfer as a club mate of mine could no longer run. There were no problems with the transfer and it was all sorted out very quickly and problem free.
Thanks Jeff & team! Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Great event and many thanks to all the volunteers who made it great run In full: Probably needs more dirt and trails but a great feel good atmosphere. Many thanks. See you next year Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Great location for a marathon. In full: Big city races are all well and good, but this is quite simply extraordinary! I should have run slower so that I could have taken in more of the sights. The course is in excellent condition, with the vast majority being fast flat good quality road. Good support from the local communities along the way, especially once you get back into Cheshire. Cracking t-shirt and goody-bag. Fantastic value for money in my book. Hopefully injury free next year and I'll go for the sub3. Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: MARVELLOUS! In full: Had a blast! Scenery great, weather couldn't have been better, organisation and provision of water and energy drinks puts other races to shame. Made a whole weekend of it and I will do it all over again! Date of review: November 16, 2014