In short: The perfect Christmas party race In full: A cracking way to shed some calories prior to the Christmas break, laughs,mud tears, mud, food and beer, and more mud ! Well done Mud Crew, another corker. Fantastic after race party. Date of review: January 14, 2015
In short: Good, up until results processing In full: A common problem with private race promoters - they do everything they need to until they've had everyone's money, and they've started the race.
The results were published 2 1/2 days after the event, and came in the form of a list of bib numbers, a list of times (against bib numbers), and seperated into males and females.
They didn't capture anyone's club names, so whilst searching for your own result was a pain in the arse, having to find five other people's results for the club records was annoying. I spare a thought for whoever at Dartford Roadrunners had to compile the 30+ (?) results for their Grand Prix tournament.
Anomolies occured in pricing as well - they were taking on-the-day entries for less than the online entrance, which is just wrong.
Regardless, I'll do it again. It's a fast 10k course not far from home, and there's all the facilities of the athletics track there.
If they could just spend a bit more time and effort on publishing results, this would be so much better. Date of review: January 14, 2015
In short: If you only enter one event a year - make it this one. In full: This is my favourite event of the year. Brilliantly organised by Steve. The mud & hills are a real leveller. Nice medal, friendly atmosphere, great cakes to re-fuel on & cheap to enter.
On a personal level, I'm able to keep up with a lot of the normally 'gazelle' like road runners on this course.
You get a real sense of achievement when you cross the finish line of this lovely scenic course, which is very challenging to say the least.
Looking forward to next years race. Date of review: January 13, 2015
In short: Stunning scenery, friendly marshals, brilliant fun! In full: This is a must do race. Very well organised by friendly, smiling marshals. The stunning scenery takes your mind off the pain of the steep hills! The other runners were chatty and we helped one another round. Cakes at the end were delicious and very reasonably priced. Would thoroughly recommend this race. Prepare to get very muddy! Date of review: January 13, 2015
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