In short: Good atmosphere, mix of tarmac and trail. Some hills but mostly flat. In full: The third time I've ran this because it's challenging but not suicidal. The last couple of kilometres have the biggest hill but not too bad and on tarmac. Then lots of little twisty bits and cheeky bumps. Very well marshalled and friendly encouragement. The tarmac sections are on quiet country lanes so not a problem. Reasonably priced entry and no pressure to be a serious runner, just turn up and do your own thing. Date of review: July 3, 2016
In short: Is this the best race in the UK? In full: This race really has everything, terrains from country lanes to running across fields, mud, beautiful scenery, a completely flat section across the dam, killer hills when you don't expect them, more mud. Brilliant organisation , sponges , bottled water, oranges , sweets and really supportive marshals to help you round. Then at the end homemade cakes, free Harvey's beer. What more could you want? It was the muddiest Bewl 15 ever but didn't really slow you down, just added to the fun of it all- so a good day for a PB on this course. Date of review: July 3, 2016
In short: Improving In full: Much better course this year with a great start/finish area. On the downside no drinks or gels for a half marathon and badly undermanned drink stations - only 2 people at the first one handing out water to 2000 runners Date of review: July 3, 2016
In short: Brilliant race In full: Really well organised no thrills event. Basic and simple yet so enjoyable. Running 8 laps of an industrial estate mostly in the dark will not appeal to most runners, but that's what makes this event different. With a field of around 170 runners this year, the camaraderie was great and this is one of the few marathons that I want to come back and run again next year. Date of review: July 3, 2016
In short: Five days later and my quads are starting to forgive me In full: I've been wanting to do this race for years and it absolutely surpassed high expectations. The route is wonderfully varied and challenging, with hill after hill and constantly changing terrain, through woods, fields, villages, paths and much mud this year! Great organisation and atmosphere and an event that I will no doubt be back to. This time, with some more hill training in my legs to cope with the quad battering! Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: Hard brutally brilliant race In full: I last did this in 2004 I can remember that I enjoyed it then, but I didn't remember how tough it was,lovely scenery right from the start , excellent Marshalls,friendly atmosphere,tea and cake at the end. What more could you want. Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: So well organised you don't even notice it In full: One of those races whose potential to have a giant cock-up is enormous, and its a testament to Istead that it goes so smoothly - Well Done to all concerned.
A beautiful run through stunning scenery, but brutal is an apt description as well as scenic, those hills are tough.
I've run this race for years now, starting when it was from the old HQ and its gone through various course alterations and have got slower over the years and its now a struggle to finish, so please organisers, make an old man happy and put the finish back to where it was, those last 400M on top of the 30K just knacker me.
In short: Amazingly well organised and marshals were the nicest / most helpful I have come across. Hard going but well worth it for the views and atmosphere. Loved the t-shirt too Date of review: July 1, 2016
In short: Challenging but rewarding In full: I was a bit disappointed by the number of fellow runners who were dropping litter, mainly used gel packs along the route. Please don't litter the beautiful countryside, just put it in your pocket. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: A good mix In full: First time on this course hilly but nothing to severe get past the hill around 5k and go for it, downhill and a flat run in .great support on route and very well run.Only gripe 2 really tight turns 400m /200m so can slow you down if looking to sprint finish. Tip wear the timing chip on ankle as can effect your result. Overall very enjoyable will def go back. Date of review: June 30, 2016
In short: More Scenic than Snowdon Marathon and 6 Miles Shorter :-) In full: What is not to like about this, ups, downs, spectacular views, variable weather, expertly organised. It is the highlight of my year.
In short: Good value, nice to have a midweek, midsummer race. In full: A good addition to the running calendar. Well organised, no frills (manual timing, cheap medal), good value for money. Plenty of marshals on the course - who had obviously been well briefed to give clear instructions about sharp turns, upcoming mud etc. Surprisingly challenging run for an almost flat 10k, with various slippery mud patches after recent rain. No queues for the loos, which is always a plus. Date of review: June 30, 2016