In short: Fantastic way to start the year- but don't underestimate the hills. In full: After last years atrocious weather and welcome shorter course, the knacker cracker was back to its brilliant best. The new course worked well, the mud was stickier than ever and the organisation and marshals as slick as ever. This is truly the best way to start the year. Thanks to Dr Rob for organising and also to all the other runners for the encouraging words along the course. Date of review: January 1, 2015
In short: Brilliant way to end the running year, lovely crowds, great organisation! In full: Absolutely loved this race, the kids races were brilliant and a great warm up to the elite and fun runs. Lovely atmosphere and a special shout to the nice chap who ran every single race as the back marker - he was brilliant to those who weren't quite at the front. Great rides and burger vans for those who needed them, the fireworks were brilliant, crowds amazing and the route was fine, a bit of up and a bit of down. Great to see British Lions and Wales forward Adam Jones as the mystery runner - shame his identity was revealed online just before his arrival. Great race, great organisation, lovely medal, tidy t shirt. Well done Mountain Ash, the memory of Guto Bran is safe in your hands….see you December 31st. Date of review: January 1, 2015
In short: great way to end the year In full: Great race with proceeds going to designated charity. Very basic take your own supplies type run. Well organised though and I loved that you could count down your laps. All the fellow runners very friendly all giving encouragement it was uplifting. Will defo do this again Date of review: January 1, 2015
In short: Amazing organisation and race In full: The atmosphere is amazing and the organisation like clock work. Caters for all runners. Like clockwork. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: January 1, 2015
In short: Excellent marathon In full: A brilliant marathon with all the right touches in all the right places. The course isn't the most amazing but it ticks so many other boxes. Its described as being flat on the whole but I would say after doing it today that it undulates deceptively and has long drawn out steady inclines that just went on forever. The checkpoints were plentiful and just the right distance apart with everything you could want in all of the checkpoints and not just some. This was the first time the orgainisers have put this event on and to be honest it was a success in my mind as they really got it right. The last hill up to finish is quite a tough one (not Mont Blanc scale) even though it doesn't on the face of it look that way but getting there was rewarded with a very original medal that someone had though about. Nice work. Date of review: December 31, 2014
In short: What happened? In full: This is a tough course with something for everyone: ice; hills; mud; streams; a ford; Roman remains; electricity pylons; railway lines bridges; turnip fields... you name it!
The atmosphere is great, with a lovely bunch of fellow-nutters and the dual route for the 10k and 10 mile races (at some points) makes for a friendly course.
Well done chaps: another good un! Date of review: December 29, 2014
In short: Lovely scenic off road race In full: Super multi-terrain race run by local club Ripon Runners, well organised, with some fantastic scenery. Marshalling very good & encouraging, great atmosphere. Special bonus for me was the availability of size XS t-shirts - so I can actually take home one that fits! Date of review: December 29, 2014
In short: Excellent, tough cross country race with mulled wine and mince pies at the finish In full: Good mix of country lanes, bridleways and fields, both the 10k and 10m option started together and Chip timing meant there was no jostling at the start and instant results were available at the end. The organisation was fabulous, very friendly, the mulled wine and mince pies (as well as water) was a nice treat. Lovely, quality medal too. Date of review: December 29, 2014
In short: Perfect way to end the running year - mud, hills, water, beer ... and mud! In full: This event is fast becoming a winter alternative to the ever-popular Grizzly. It's the perfect 'race' to end the year, with nine miles of off-road muddiness. The organisers have gone out of their way to make this as non-competitive as possible, while still remaining a challenge. Meandering across boggy fields, stumbling along river beds, and dragging ourselves up ridiculously steep hills, up to 500 'runners' braved the chilly winds and waist high ponds to complete two laps of the 4.5 mile course. Really enjoyed that slog through the purposely dug muddy trench? Great, you can do it again in about an hour, right after another 500 people have been through it! The sound of dozens of children shouting "BELLY FLOP, BELLY FLOP" as you approach the main water hazard should say it all really. And did I mention half the competitors ran in costume?
Organisation by Mud Crew was up to the usual high standards of one of their events, with dry changing areas, free drink and mince pies and a disco to follow. Well priced hot food was available too. The event raised over £2,000 for Children's Hospice South West, so it's hard to imagine anyone finding anything to criticise. Not surprisingly this is one of top rated off-road events in the country, and I will definitely be back next year.
In short: A well organised Christmas event In full: This event attracts a large number of club runners and is welcome at this time of the year. I had difficulty on registering onto the event by e-mail but I was finally helped by the web person.The t-shirts are cotton (ugh!) and a medal would have been welcome.That apart a good event. Date of review: December 29, 2014
In short: Wonderful post-Christmas jaunt through the ice and mud In full: I run in the region of 20 organised races each year and this has become a fixture on my race calendar, and is one of my favourites. The organisation is excellent and the route is lovely; muddy, icy, and with a few slippery little hills chucked in, plus you get to run through one of Britain's premier Roman sites! The organiser is infectiously jolly and his pre-race briefings always raise a smile. Great medal, instant results, and mulled wine and mince pies make for a nice friendly, seamless experience. I have done quite a few My Sporting Times runs and they are never less than excellent (and, no, I have no vested interest in MST!!!). See you in 2015! Date of review: December 28, 2014