In short: Brilliant! In full: This was my first tough ten race, on the morning I wasn't feeling well but still decided to run! After not eating for two days! It was tough due to my fuel intake but over all really loved the course, Marshall's, and organisation! I would definety do this again next year! Thankyou to everyone who made this race a great success! I feel I must comment on a runners feedback on page 4, complaining about everything possible! i am not quite sure what races you have run but I do at least one a week and this race was A1! As far as someone shouting car! Then you ought to be thankful you was born with perfect hearing, because some of us are not! And I for one appreciate a warning! And believe me when I have run 10 tough miles I really appreciate loud Marshall's, they are all very incouraging and very welcome, so I suggest if you didn't like this race then you won't like any so take up fishing!! And moan to yourself!
In short: Didn't realise it was the first time race, excellent organisation In full: Really enjoyed the race, marshals were brilliant, loved the course, great organisation Date of review: September 4, 2014
In short: Brilliant race, brilliant atmosphere and organisation great!! In full: So nice. Very welcoming.Everything brilliant. Marshals very supportive and encouraging when you run past them. Date of review: September 4, 2014
In short: Great race, very well organised. In full: Lovely scenery along quiet roads on a difficult course with an excellent atmosphere. Quite a high proportion of serious runners on a course of this type. Brilliant support from the marshalls. Would be even better with more loos, more loo paper and plenty of antiseptic gel! Overall many thanks for a great day which was very well organised and managed. Date of review: September 3, 2014
In short: Tough course, but brilliant organisation and exceptional value for money! In full: A classic local race, (32nd year this year) now even better. My second time running the Tough Ten, and the course doesn't get any easier (clue is in the name), with scenic, but unrelenting hills (much tougher to run than they look on paper / online profile), and almost no flat parts until the last 500m.
The organisation this year was superb, with a great atmosphere, excellent information, plenty of toilets, three water stations and nice finish location next to a country pub. Add in the speedy results service, free pics and race finish video clip, free bacon butty at the finish, free cakes, t-shirt and there's an almost unbeatable combination of a classic local race and exceptional value for money.
Many thanks to all involved, highly recommended!! Date of review: September 3, 2014
In short: BRILLIANT In full: absolutely fantastic morning from arriving to leaving. organisers really went the extra mile for this race such as music at the finish, along with a very welcomed choc biscuit and a bacon butty! excellent, will look forward to next years race! Date of review: September 3, 2014
In short: great atmosphere In full: was my first ever 10k race, very well organised, will be back again next year, Thanks to all involved especially Nivette Mullen and the rest of Badgers. Date of review: September 3, 2014
In short: Ugly Beast of a race! In full: Yep, this was a tough one. I wasn't in the best frame of mind for this race to be honest, as my mind has been on the Purbeck marathon in a fortnights time, but that said, this was a "training race" due to the hilly reputation. In fact, I found it tougher than Purbeck - because it's only a half (!), you try and up the pace and attack the hills a bit more - but that means it hurts more. The stunning scenery keeps you going, along with the fact the runners keep eachother going - because we're all in pain! And the steps... It's quite an awesome sight when you reach that first step - but then reality hits that if it is tough going downhill, it's going to be something else going up! Organisation was good, parking right next to the finish and no issues leaving after. My only moan was the 3 energy gel sachets found en-route from other runners - if you do use them, please keep hold of them until the next water stop or bin - the race is held in a beautiful part of the world - let's not ruin it! Date of review: September 3, 2014
In short: What a race! My favourite event on the calendar In full: The RAT races were, as ever, brilliantly organised and lots of fun. The event village gave the race a carnival atmosphere that's difficult to beat. I was running the Plague route, and it's always fantastic to see how many of the other runners stay up to midnight to wave us off. Having only ultra runners as marshals means that you know you will get the support you desperately need but can't articulate in the later stages of the race. I just handed over my bag and it came back to me with the water refilled! Awesome!! Date of review: September 3, 2014
In short: Hill upon hill upon hill In full: VERY hilly course. Every one I talked to during and after the race agreed this is a tough course. I will probably do it again, but not until I'm a lot fitter. Date of review: September 3, 2014