In short: A very rewarding and enjoyable race. In full: I've just taken part in the Bewl 15 for the first time and it's now going to become a repeat feature on my calendar. The generosity of support by the marshals and refreshments supplied along the route ensured that I knew I would make it round. Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Nice low key race..... In full: Very well organised, nice atmosphere, 1k of gradient of each lap, but lovely run in thereafter, good support and it does have PB potential....I got one!! Would definitely do it again :-) Well done to all involved! Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Great race and course apart from THE HILL! In full: Great race in rural warwickshire! Well organised and marshalled. Nice Tshirt at the end. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Good race but result would be appreciated In full: A very nice run round the Cranleigh countryside. If you're fit and have followed a good training regime then you could set a PB. There are no narrow paths or people blocking your route. The bargain entry fee means no chip timing and don't expect to find out your time at the end. I'll have to wait for the results to be uploaded on the running club's website. Unfortunately my Garmin stopped working today so I will not be able to verify my allotted result. Although not being able to check my splits actually made the race more enjoyable as I did not become despondent during my mid-race lull. Hope to be there for the 2015 race. It will mark the next chapter of my running life as a 35-year-old veteran. Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Lovely race and good atmosphere! In full: Lower score on organisation due to problems with the chips. However they did solve this to the best of their ability! Brilliant race and would defiantly look at doing this race again next year!! Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Sunny muddy steppy In full: My third bbhm and really enjoyed it. I never get my fastest times here but it's a novel race with a great finish area. I loved the tunnel which seemed darker than ever. The diversion I quite liked though those 96 steps were steep. The course had a lot of puddles which probably contributed to my garmin reading the course at 13.5 miles. Overall great course and nice medal Date of review: July 6, 2014
In short: Awesome In full: Simply a fantastic event!!!. Tough as nuts, beautiful scenery and cat 2 hills!. Brilliantly organised (again) by DBMAX with loads of goodies. Excellent vfm. You've missed it this year - don't miss it next year! Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Another fantastic Action Challenge event! In full: Having run the 100K TransPennine Challenge (TPC) with Action Challenge the year before, I had high expectations for it to match that and was not let down! It was another fantastic event that was very well organised.
Doing the full 100K as a run, I was a bit worried at just how lonely the run would be. The TPC saw me run some 95Km on my own, with only the rest stops for contact with people... but this was much better!
It was great to see just how well used the Grand Union Canal is by cyclists, walkers and boaters... but also - with the different options available this time (25K, 50K and 100K as runners or walkers), and people going off at different times, it meant there were many more people met and passed along the route, which was great.
Being along the canal it was generally nice and flat, so anybody doing any of the distances would definitely be in the running for a PB.
As you'd expect in the more built up areas of the canal (it's how Britain's trade grew after all) there are some industrial areas but more so, there was lots and lots of nice greenery. All of the rest stops were in nice areas too.
The atmos, although a little quiet at times during the run, was good at the rest stops. Although often not too many runners/walkers - the staff made sure you were jeered up and always had a smile on their faces.
As with the TPC, the FULL 100km was clearly signposted and the rest stops matched exactly what was outlined in the guide. I.e. if the guide said the rest stop was at 14km, it was at 14km. If it said 77km, it was, if it said 90km, it was... you get the idea. It was very difficult to get lost. Leaving the Paddington Recreation ground it was clearly signposted right onto the canal - and being a runner, I led my wave off onto the canal, so anybody else behind us would have easily followed. Then, you were running along the canal with every rest stop clearly marked with "rest stop approaching", so all in all, very difficult to get lost.
The rest stops as well as having nice staff were well stocked. Every one had sweets, cakes, energy drinks, gels, bananas or even more than that, along with hot drinks at each one.
My only slight criticism was that as a 100K runner, the instructions outlined that I would get a hot meal at 50k - but getting there was told I had to buy a food voucher. It wasn't a huge issue as I had a malt loaf with me, but I would have preferred a bit of pasta. Also, I was met by people at the end and they were waiting for about 30 minutes so wanted to get a cuppa. They were all happy to pay but advised they couldn't even pay for a hot drink... and, also - it would have been nice for some heatlamps to be inside the tent at the 100K finish, just for a bit of warmth.
This time around I paid to be a self-funded runner, so at £139 it was steep... but that's got to be expected for such a long event to be fully marked/mapped and marshalled etc. Doing the TPC I had to pay £49 and raise £385 for a charity, so if you can do that, then £49 (early-bird or approx £80 normal price) is great value indeed.
Overall, this was a fantastic event indeed. Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Great mix of everything In full: This was a great run to do. There were several different pacemakers to help you get your target time and the course was great to run on. Would definitely like to do it again. Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: A lovely route, friendly marshalls, interesting mix of terrains In full: I really enjoyed this 10 mile. A really runners' run, very friendly marshals and fellow runners, no frills but everything important was there. Great cake at the end too :-) I didn't find it particularly hilly, but the terrain was a challenge, particularly the bits going through long grass in fields and the mud was hard as nails in the sweltering heat..but this change in terrain made it an interesting and quite picturesque course. And the heat!! Very little shade to be found. Next year I shall wear a hat. And bring more money for cake. Thanks all, I really enjoyed it Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Fantastic event with buckets of local charm. In full: From the start line shotgun blast from the good lady farmer, to the deli style aid stations and the head size ice creams at the finish, every part along the way of this race was a challenge but glorious and kept me smiling. The atmosphere from the other participants and the organisers was awesome and the locals were truly welcoming having baked cakes and bought jelly babies for us. The medal, shirt and pint glass were all top notch. Tonnes of free photos was the icing in the rather large cake! Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: good midweek 10k In full: Done this race 3 times now, twisty, turney flat 10k. Well organized and marshalled. Probably better next year if race numbers are posted out. Race start delayed as it took a long time to pick up your number. Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Best trail race I have done In full: Really great race, fantastic organisation, stunning course and really good marshals. Did the 10k option and wished I'd picked the 20. There are 3 tough climbs but the rest is well runnable. Trail shoes are a must. Probably the best trail race I have done. Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: Excellent low key race In full: Well organised and with amazing marshalls this is an excellent race around a beautiful part of Berkshire. With beer at the end what's not to like? Date of review: July 5, 2014
In short: The good, the bad, and the muddy ! In full: This is an incredible event. It was very well organised, despite a considerable increase in numbers over previous years, it is set to figure large in many runner's calendars in the future. I ran in a 4 person ladies team, and although the conditions were pretty atrocious at times, we exceeded what we had hoped to run by completing 40 miles each. This is a race which will test you, but you will feel fantastic at the end. Very hard to describe the overall team spirit, but it is a very uplifting race. Date of review: July 4, 2014