In short: Fantastic race - International field - Cows and Cider In full: This is a wonderful event- well organised- amazing marshals. It has camping that is cheaper than a pint of beer( in London) plus a barn dance afterwards There is a lovestation with cider at mile 21 where you get free hugs. A wicked t shirt , medal and pint glass at the finish...oh and there is a naked farmer in bathtub. Do you get the picture, its tough, hilly 3,500 ft and doesn't take itself too seriously eg the distance can differ depending on the farm accessibility but who cares because you will have fun. There is also a 10k that is equally awesome. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: A very wet early part of the day made the course extremely muddy, but had a great friendly feel to it and made me think about doing more endurance races in the future Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Wonderful chance to run over the Humber Bridge but wind direction makes that a challenge In full: I've ran this twice now and the organisation, route, marshalls, support etc is all very good.
The weather conditions have a big affect on the bridge crossing which all add to the excitement of running over it, twice :) Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Fabulous setting, fabulous race In full: Almost all off road, through glorious Berkshire countryside with friendly atmosphere and marshals. Well worth the effort to enter this race. 8 miles is a nice distance-challenging in the heat but do-able comfortably. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Beautiful, friendly and great value In full: Entered this on a whim and loved it. Really welcoming marshals, a tough-ish course (helped by the fact everyone walked up the steepest hills) and stunning scenery as you sweep down through a flower-filled meadow. A great mix of conditions, including a lovely wooded section with a springy forest floor. Superb. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Exactly what a race should be In full: From the views, the hills, the cider and festival atmosphere you can't go wrong with this one. Clearly a huge amount of love, care and attention goes into the planning and the entire village of Sydling gets behind it to create the party atmosphere. By runner, for runners and incredible value for money. One that should be on everyones list. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Fantastic small event In full: Fantastic and great value - the climb up to the Gibbet (twice) lets you know you've been in a race, but the excellent scenery and friendly marshals make up for it. Glorious drop of Cavalier Gold from local brewery at the end too! Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Good race, well organised In full: First time I had entered this one. Not massive this year at around 2200 runners, but big enough to have real atmosphere. Some challenging hills, especially when you hit them for the second time on lap 2!. One minor niggle - water is provided in plastic cups which gets tricky for competitors and volunteers. Nice and scenic along the sea front though, and well worth a go! Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Super race, people & course with NSFW medal & tech T In full: Great race, really well organised over a stunning and challenging hilly course. Highly recommended. The tech T is absolutely excellent with a logo that's sure to raise eyebrows. Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: Lovely scenery - tough hills In full: Excellent value race, cheap entry price and a bargin tech t-shirt (only a fiver). he race was off on time with a mixture of club runners and locals. Gentle start then into the first slog up hill. Tough, but the views were worth it (if you've the breath left to appreciate them!). Twice up to Combe Gibbet was hard work, but the run down to the finish was very welcome. Lovely atmosphere, great marshals and free beer at the end. What more could you want? Date of review: June 30, 2014
In short: A 140-mile round trip to get there and back... In full: ... a lovely day out and easily lived up to and exceeded expectations. Excellent facilities, brilliant HQ, very encouraging marshals ... and a nice unique memento (shot glass). Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere In full: Awesome race.beatiful picturesque village of sydling st nicholas is the start and finish.race gets started with a shotgun!white star running know how to put on a great race with total value.for £12 i got to see some beautiful landscapes and complete a great altho hard course with a beautiful naked man medal and tech tshirt and free massage.this race puts most other races to shame and beats overpriced other races such as bupa great run series.nice to finish a race with wi cakes, hogroast and local beer in the sun.course had 3 big hills and you got to see the naked famsr or3 having a bath.run this race and you will appreciate what a good race is. Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Fabulous offroad running in beautiful Dorset, but better train for hills... lots of hills. In full: Watermelon and cider at the aid stations, hogroast and bar at the finish, shotgun to start, camping, barndance - just brilliant! Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: race from hell In full: The race from hell is the only way to describe this race. How did it get a race permit in the first place and why are runners world advertising this type of event. The description of the course was no way like the conditions encountered, with narrow paths overgrown with nettles and briars, not wide enough to overtake other runners in the first mile before the race spread out and settled down. Then on this narrow path we met two horses being ridden towards us, could they not have been informed about the race and asked to stop for five minutes. This was all before the shambles of the marshals and the missing race signage causing runners not having a clue where to go at several junctions resulting in people running a 4 mile race instead of 5 miles. At the end the organisers attitude seemed to be it was the runners fault for going the wrong way as he explained with his map it was very straight foreword. Maybe next year they could change to an orienteering event and give everyone a clipper board and map and let them off. It may be a local charity race and for a good cause but when it is advertised in runners world and runners are travelling up to 60 to 80 miles round trip and paying £15 pounds entry fee they might expect something better for their outlay.