In short: Hilly and Muddy but what do you expect on a Mountain Bike course - Excellent encouraging Marshalls In full: From the off, great signage to the car park and a nice 10 minute walk, the start was low key and relaxed. the course was very hilly and muddy but expected on a mountain bike course! the marshal's were fantastic, encouraging and enthusiastic directing us the right way. would do it again. Date of review: January 26, 2015
In short: Tough as expected but good atmosphere and well organised In full: Just some quick notes...
- Course is hilly, a little rocky in places and depending on the weather, potentially v muddy and slippy. - There's some step inclines and hills. Can be a little relentless for a beginner - make sure you used to training on a few hills. - It's a busy, cramped start with only one lane - just a heads up. - Well organised and good support from staff and crowds Date of review: January 26, 2015
In short: Pleasant scenic county run In full: Pleasant and scenic country run with a couple of testing hills, good standard of runners too,well organised and well marshalled although organisers were let down by portaloo contractors at the last minute which was unfortunate. Never seen mile markers placed as close to the distances as they were here. Well done organisers, great race, though understand it's the last from this venue. Date of review: January 26, 2015
In short: Accurately measured non-tarmac race but with v.little PB potential and without the scenery of the Denbies 10. OK as a training run; fellow competitors were not super friendly In full: Well marshalled well by friendly volunteers although the toilets were inadequate. As for scenery it seemed pretty samey to me (you've seen one field you have seen them all) and I prefer the Denbies 10miler for that reason. Plus I don't like meandering final mile routes in a course. This one's latter stages had a about a 1200 meet stretch at the end that was like a horseshoe in shape; Downhill then you have to come back up on yourself for about 400-450m going uphill. Date of review: January 26, 2015
In short: Not great if you're a slow runner In full: Not great if you're a slow runner as the marshals all seemed to have given up on our second lap and at one point we didn't know where to go, cost us a bit of time until we found 3 army marshals all together chatting. Needs better signage. Also only medals for first 50 runners... Unless you buttercup the race director and give him hugs then you get one regardless of your place. Not fair, and very disappointing, if you are setting a rule then stick to it! Put me off doing another event with this organiser. Date of review: January 25, 2015
In short: Great fun, well organised. In full: The atmosphere for this was great. Hilly, off road running in the dark, over the fields and through the woods. Looking back to see a never ending line of bobbing lights from head torches was fantastic, would definitely do this one again. Not for those who don't like getting their shoes muddy! Date of review: January 25, 2015
In short: A challenging but scenic race. In full: A very nice race, quite hilly but very scenic. Marshall's were very friendly and encouraging :-) There was a lack of toilets at race start but this was beyond the organisers control as the portaloo company had let them down. Despite the toilet situation the organisation was very good. Date of review: January 25, 2015
In short: Underwhelming. In full: If such a term as over-marshalling existed, then this race would define it. Not only that, but the whole atmosphere felt like being watched over by angry P.E. teachers. This was my second time doing it (only because it was a suitable race in the timeframe for my training), and I won't be doing it again. Non-existent goody bag and cheap-looking medal. Lack of a genuine atmosphere. The whole thing felt like a training run. Bit of a bottle neck right at the start but otherwise good for PB potential. If you're training for another event in the near future and you want a flat race for a good PB, then go for this; but don't expect anything else beyond that.
In full: 5th time for me, better start this year with the inflatable start line. I never mind doing laps and the cows this year were something different to look at. Easy parking and whilst I was running my husband and son went back and had a coffee. Cheap and cheerful and nice medal too. Date of review: January 25, 2015
In short: Fabulous morning in the countryside. In full: Cracking organisation, great cheery marshalls, plenty of bottled water and bananas at the end, fairly standard medal which for the cost of entry, I have no issues with. The real prize is in the running of the course. Quick downhills, muddy uphills. Hard race but adds to the satisfaction of finishing. Don't expect a PB, just run and enjoy a morning in the countryside. Date of review: January 25, 2015
In short: Luxury service at rock bottom prices In full: Impressed with this event. Very well organised. All the marshals seem to have had top end customer service training in that they were extremely helpful and positive. And thankfully knowledgeable! Great atmosphere amongst the runners. Wonderful scenery too. Strongly recommend! Date of review: January 25, 2015