In short: Lung-busting hill climbs and slippy descents In full: What a fantastic, fun event. The chap doing the race briefing was a hoot; the marshals were plentiful, friendly and encouraging; views were stunning; steep hills with some slippery muddy tracks and some amusing signs all made for a very enjoyable challenge. Great to be allowed into the village hall for tea and cake still wearing our very muddy shoes. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Awesome trail run! In full: Fantastic friendly trail run in lovely village, very well organised and well marshalled. Challenging 10 mile course with killer hills and plenty of mud and puddles along with some truly beautiful views. Cakes to rival a WI bake off - that village can bake! Worth doing for the cake alone!!! Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Flat 10km run In full: This race was OK and thats really about it. Norman park is a nice area to run around and with plenty of people out and about it made it a nice Sunday run. Marshalls were very helpful and gave great support throughout the run.
Knowing the area well, there is plenty of pathways out of Norman Park through woodland areas which could of made it better rather than the 4 laps.
The queue at the end of the race for a medal and t-shirts NEEDS to better organised
Overall it was a nice January race and i will look at doing more MCC races down the track Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Superbly organised, community driven race. The whole village comes out to help marshal, etc.. The course is challenging, the atmosphere is friendly, the cakes are worth the 10 mile slog for. A brilliant way to start the year. Definitely do again. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: In my top three off road races In full: Have done every one and will continue to do so until I can't physically manage it or they stop putting the race on.It is that good, in every aspect ,from the organising to the cakes,and Stephen Goulding always adds a touch of humour in his pre race instructions. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: flat, laps so dull, busy park, lots of dogs, not very slick In full: it was ok, just, and only because it was our club grand prix event and there were 60+ of us there so we had lots of banter. Positives - accurate in distance, good parking and decent amenities. Negatives - 3 laps of the track was congested as people were lapping with no organisation. Busy park and lots of jigging and jagging. poor race organisation at the finish with 1 chap giving out cheap medals and cheap cotton T's so long queues. It could be so much better but i'll never know as i won't be doing a MCC run again. Definitely prefer runs organised by running clubs as they know what is required.
In short: Superb trail race In full: This is an excellent trail race that shows off some quiet yet beautiful Cotswold paths. Organisation is slick and friendly, and numbers are limited to avoid negatively impacting the surrounding. The village hall makes for a convenient and easy to access bag drop/changing/eating area. The route was muddy yet certainly all runnable, and at 17.8 miles, not quite as daunting as 'nearly 19' sounds! It works really well for a fun marathon training route and consolidates Cotswold Running's reputation as organisers of very high quality races. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Another top-notch trionium race. Well worth getting up early on new years day for. In full: Hills, mud, hills and fancy-dressed runner, what a great way to start the new year. Slight re-adjustment of race route certainly didn't change the toughness of the course. extra steps just added to the pain. The only reason this isn't back in the UK top ten races is that everyone else has raised their game to match Rob. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Good location, beautiful weather, lovely course director, good intentions. In full: As one of the last dozen I had more space than most (a good thing) plus it was a beautiful cold sunny day and a scenic location.
On the negative side, the marshals were not great. My 'hello' was ignored repeatedly by those on the outer corners of the park (7km and 8 or 9km). Their marker signs have fallen over and i) being certain of my location and ii) a friendly nod or maybe even a hint of encouragement would've been appreciated. Also, at one point a marshal, who saw us coming, didn't think to ask the collection of people, dogs, prams and kids he was chatting to to move until the very last minute meaning that we had to squeeze through - not really very helpful on your second lap.
Having said that, and as per the one-line summary, the course director couldn't have been more helpful and the registration and refreshments team afterwards were excellent. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Fast 5 Miler In full: Considering this was the first time this race has been held, the organisers did a fantastic job. Great facilities in the University and the course is a flat PB course. Will definitely be doing this race again. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: They say 'Mud, Sweat & Hills@ I say 'Mud, more mud, Lots of Sweat, Ridiculous Hills, Water but a fantastic Race' In full: I completed this with a group of Runners(Hermitage Joggers & Newbury Runners) and had a fantastic time. We took the view to run this as a team to give encouragement, support when needed and to share the laughs and fun of running through the 'large' puddles and up the crazy ascends. After the run, well what has to better than hot bacon rolls and more homemade cake than an annual WI convention! Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: It is as it says on the tin. Big hills, big mud and organised with big hearts. fantastic event In full: It is as it says on the tin. Big hills, big mud and organised with big hearts. Fantastic event. You will not beat this event for proper cross country. A real tough race that also is very welcoming to beginners. The local village Hall and residents made everyone feel welcome. Finally you will not find a better end of race cake display, well done to the village bakers and Mr and Mrs Goulding for organising another fantastic event.
In short: One of the hardest runs you will ever enter, but a fantastic achievement to finish In full: If you're looking for a challenging off road race this is the one. Love this race it's my favourite race of the year. I keep coming back to run this one. Fantastic organisation, lovely village to start and finish in, amazing scenery and the hills are just the best, I love the down hill sections. Such a good feeling to see all the people smiling and cheering at the finish line. Not forgetting the fantastic medal and lovely cakes!! Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: A great early season race - hills, mud and amazing scenary! In full: Just about 18 miles, this mainly off-road run is a great early season hit out to burn off the Christmas indulgence! Plenty of hills, some boggy ground and fantastic marshalls. Well worth the trip into the Cotswolds! Very well organised and good value for money. Would definitely do again! Date of review: January 12, 2015