In short: Always a great race, whatever the weather In full: Horrible conditions this year, but an invigorating and totally enjoyable run despite these. Lovely warm and cosy race HQ, enthusiastic brass band, fabulous marshals, value goodie bag and medal. What's not to love about this race? Date of review: December 12, 2014
In short: Mud In full: Be prepared for a muddy but fun race with great views ,can be cold and blasting winds at times but well worth it, big thanks to all the marshals ?? with out whom there would be no race.great goody bag best you will find. Date of review: December 12, 2014
In short: Highlight of the year! In full: Challenging course but super friendly marshals who kept me motivated when the going was tough & it was! Great organisation, great value - overall a great race. Date of review: December 10, 2014
In short: Hills. lovely down hills. In full: You run a course in the shape of a hog. You need more reasons? Big paths, fun atmosphere. Some challenging ups but some fast downs. I highly recommend it. Date of review: December 9, 2014
In short: Some fun hills and a great atmosphere! In full: This was my first time on the Hogs Back, and I'll certainly be back for more!
On arrival I was surprised by the size of the queue for registration and they had to delay the start by 5 minutes. I was registered with 20 minutes to go and had to join an equally long queue for the 8 portaloos, really needed more. By the time I exited it was a quick jog to the start (via the ?unmanned bag dop), literally 30 seconds and we were off! Still a fair few at the toilets when I left. That's the last of my negative comments.
This is a really enjoyable race, the uphills all during the first half so negative splits almost guaranteed. Great atmosphere with friendly crowd and brilliant marshals.
If I have one tip... when the finish comes into sight, it's further than it looks!
Great medal which matches the course route, very clever. Apparently the last couple of years it was a mug, stick with the medals guys! Date of review: December 9, 2014
In short: Great mix of off road terrain and plenty of mud In full: Lovely course with some challenging hills , boggy fields and shoe sucking mud. Well organised and plenty of encouragement from the marshals. Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Well-organised, scenic and atmospheric In full: Loved this race. The organisation and marshalling was brilliant (you could tell it was organised by runners for runners), the route was suitably challenging but not murderous and the countryside village scenery was wonderful. The foggy yet muggy weather helped make it atmospheric as well. As has been said the marshals went the extra mile by calling out your name as you ran past. Good value, good medal and I got a pb. Need I say more! A good end to the half marathon calendar year. Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: A hilly classic In full: My first time for this event but have done a few of AAT's events before so felt confident that all would be well. The race is good, gun time start with chip finish so up to the front for the start. Marshals were great as usual and course was well marked. Some challenging hills but you are rewarded with glorious views. Compared to other AAT events I have done registration was a bit chaotic and the lack of toilets meant it was a find the nearest tree moment 2 minutes before start time. Great Medal! Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Best race best Marshalls best atmosphere this is a must do mudfest In full: I had never done a muddy race before and was nervous but I literally did not stop smiling all the way around this race. It is so much fun and the obstacles are clearly a labour of love! Don't go for speed have a laugh and mess around! Amazing spectator support from the good people of Chipping Sodbury who cheered us on in their droves. Best Marshalls ever they all cheered on the runners joked and even sang. Great camaraderie and atmosphere. My only quibble is that there weren't enough loos at Hq and we almost missed the last post as we were stuck queuing. But overall well done on a great experience of a race.look at the you tube videos to see the fun! Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: I shouldn't like it so much - but I do. In full: Why do I like this race so much? I'm slow so am going to be in the last few runners; there are some big hills; it is long; the weather is usually dreadful; the scenary is nothing special a lot of the way; there's cars on the course etc etc. It should all make for a race I don't like.
But the atmosphere of this race makes it all worthwhile. The marshalls are great, the organisation generally good, the comedy commentary is great and the atmosphere welcoming.
My only complaint was this year they took down the baggage store tent before I had finished, so my bag was sitting in the hail getting wet. They could have a tarpaulin or similar for the last bags if there is a need to dismantle tents before everyone has finished. Date of review: December 8, 2014