In short: Fantastic fun despite the weather In full: My 4th time running this event and I still enjoy it as much as the first year.
It consisted of 11 miles of mud, 2 miles of fields, 2 miles of roads with steep hills, 3 stiles to climb over and 4 bike chicanes to negotiate making it a truly special and original race.
The whole event is a credit to Wadhurst Runners and Nicework Events who together make the event run like clockwork. The after race cakes, drinks and even beer for those so inclined, is a welcome treat. Date of review: July 7, 2015
In short: Flat course. Great organisation. Friendly marshalls. Relatively scenic. In full: This was my first ever race having only taken up running 6 weeks prior and loved every moment of it even though I did injury myself 5 miles in. Race starts right besides Wolverhampton train station and is signposted from outside the entrance. The race route is well signposted from start to finish with marshals at regular intervals. Flat course with only climbs coming when you have to cross a bridge to go over the canal. So for a beginner runner it's definitely a good one to start with. Not sure about setting a PB on this course due to it being slightly longer than 13.1 miles. About 4 miles in there is a long tunnel which the organisers have tried to light, but can't say it made much difference as it was still impossible to see where you were putting your feet. Was fun to go through though. The route does follow canals all the way along and although these can be used by other people I only came across 2 cyclists and 4 walkers which surprised me for such a lovely day. Finish is in Brindley Place right by all the restaurants and pubs so great for having a well deserved drink afterwards. Goody bag, quality medal, bottle of water are all given at the end. Announcer at the finish calling out your name so you could get a cheer from the crowd was certainly a great way to end. Definitely one I'll be coming back to next year.
In short: If only a wore the right footwear In full: First time running this event.Fantastic race,would of got away with Road shoes up to the night before but the downpour made for a slippery under foot race. Will do again to beat my time. Date of review: July 7, 2015
In short: Well organised race! In full: Great race, first time I have done it and what a year to choose! Wish I had listened to Albert's wise words and worn trail shoes! The mud made it challenging but organisation was great, plenty of drinks stations and friendly marshalls. Tea, cakes and beer were a welcome reward at the end. I'll be back to do it again in dry weather! Well done Albert and Wadhurst Runners. Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: Superb race In full: Big Thanks to Albert & the team and all the hardy marshals. The rain & mud definitely made it a bit different this year but still a brilliant day. Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: Great Race - great scenery - great organisation In full: Challenging distance and terrain. This year the rain made the course even more challenging so a pb wasn't on the cards. It's a race for all levels and well supported. Organisation is brilliant and great atmosphere. Will definitely be there next year. Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: Challenge, not wrong In full: I have done this twice and will do it again this year only because it is local and a good hard run. There have been issues with route marking to the point where it was laughable (in time) The free soup and cake is very welcome at the end and the organisers are trying their best. No PBs here but a challenge as in the name. Challenge yourself by getting round without walking !!! Stunning views if weather is good Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: Great race again, but needs to cross the bay! In full: A real shame that the Cross Bay Challenge was not across the bay this year. My fourth time doing this race, and once you set off, in practical terms, it makes no difference where you start and finish, but Cross Bay should be Cross Bay. End of. That said, it's still a great run. There's no run like it and of course I'll still do it every year. The channels weren't so deep this year, but the headwind was really strong. Extra jellyfish this year too! Organisation perfect as usual. I got a medal to match 3 I already have, so I think the medal should be better and different in future years. Same goes for the t-shirt, which I didn't buy as I already have one exactly the same. Overall it's unique and a lovely run, but please revert to making it across the bay, make each years's medal and shirt unique and yes, charge a little bit extra to cover that. Entry numbers seem to be going down, so please make it more attractive! I don't want this race to end due to lack of interest. Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: Excellent race In full: Not an easy race , but great fun. Marshals were wonderful , very encouraging especially as they had to stand in the pouring rain. Very well executed race with lots of sweets just at the right places. Well done Wadhurst Runners ?? Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: Great Race In full: Great race done it before and will do it again. Fantastic organisation and super friendly marshals. cake and beer at the finish .Beautiful place to run. Date of review: July 6, 2015
In short: really well organised a great day. In full: This was my third time here and will definitely be back. This race is always well organised with friendly helpful runners and marshals. I love the course,beer, cakes,brass band, and piper.Well done Albert and everyone else involved Date of review: July 6, 2015