In short: A mix of incredible fun and moderate chaos In full: Most of us didn't know that the race had started and I felt that 10 minutes thigh deep in a ditch full of slurry watching hundreds take an unauthorized short cut wre the down sides. The glorious wather and the psychotic route planning more than made up for it once I had decided that this wasn't a race but an experience ! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic 1st multi terrain In full: Was worried at the start (everyone looked fitter, better prepared and more confident than myself) however i need not have worried it was a great experience. The marshalls were friendly and encouraging. Will deffinately return for more of the same next year. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: A well orgainsed 10k catering for experienced and newer runners alike In full: I found no problem parking as I read the detailed advice sent out by the organisers before the race. Got there in good time and was shown where to go by the car park marshalls. Also toilets in 3 different buildings, so no problem there. Start was better than last year and all points were well marshalled.
Good humoured helpers at the end handing out t-shirts and drinks despite heavy weight of runners. It's not the London Marathon but if you go in the right spirit expecting a race with all the basics done professionally - accurate well-marshalled course, mile markers, finishing times, t-shirt, water and free online results then you won't be disappointed.
A nice local 10k which caters for a decent size field whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere.
Well done Barnsley AC. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic race through beautiful Suffolk In full: This is a race to mark down as a highlight of your running year. Lovely local event through pretty villages and countryside. A few hills thrown in to keep it interesting and the weather today made the event so much more enjoyable. Fantastic hi-vis fleece hat as a momento, great idea. One thing to mention though was that the parking was a bit of a nightmare but all in all a great race. I will be back next year Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Great course, great organisation ... and a PB too In full: Great course - very scenic with a couple of good hills in the first half. Very well organised. A must-do race. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Toilets??! In full: Enjoyed the actual race itself - the scenery was nice and the route was good. Hills made it a bit of a challenge for a beginner! But don't expect spectators to enjoy the 1-lap course.
However, travelling from Liverpool and arriving with plenty of time to spare I would have expected to not have had a problem getting to a toilet! As it was I very nearly missed the start of the race and ended up starting right at the back. This was maybe made worse by the limited parking facilities - it took us ages to find a space!
One last thing - the water station just past 3 miles seemed unprepared for the number of runners passing through.
Overall, however, will definately do the race next year because the course is great! Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Women pay to bathe in this stuff apparently!! In full: What a great laugh. Mud, sweat and beers! Only down point was the wait at the first ditch. 2 min silence was good at start. I'll be back next year Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Wonderful scenery and a very warm, friendly bunch of local runnners. In full: Being honest this was my first 'fell race' but after today I'm a convert! I turned up not knowing a sole and was made to feel very welcome. However, first timer or not I cannot imagine that the scenery nor atmosphere gets much better than this. Well done to Fullers for sponsoring it too, beer at the finish line... bloody marvelous. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: My first XC. Tough hills but worth the effort. Seemed to be mostly club runners and not many novices. Nevertheless, excellent fun and enthusiastic marshalls. Recommend it. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic. In full: Lovely day, great route (nice hills, great scenery in sections and a pretty town to start off), fantastic support and marshalling and very well organised. Only minor gripe is that some of the mile markers were a bit out. My first 10m, I'd do it again, if not tomorrow, then as soon as my legs and feet have stopped hurting. Thanks to NWRRC for a cracking day. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: it doesn't get much better than this. muddy fields, muddy water and beautiful sunshine. In full: A bit of a quick start, not everyone was out of the school gates before the the horn blew. Quite a big bottle neck along the stream to the step up into the lane(a couple of miles in) but apart from that it was an excellent race, many thanks. Date of review: November 13, 2005
In short: Very good as usual. Water wetter, mud mudder than ever. In full: This is a regular in my calendar due to the atmosphere on Remembrance Day. The gridlock at the first ditch was frustrating but did not distract from a great day out. Date of review: November 13, 2005