In short: Friendly and well organised. Free mug and soup at the end a nice touch In full: This was my first XC and it was a good experience. Stayed dry and warm (for December) for the run, but was obviously pretty wet and slippy underfoot - I think I'll get some spikes for next time! Interesting course with a few suprises, but nothing too daunting. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed the variety of terrain and scenery In full: Good, friendly atmosphere. Great variety - forest, downland, farmland, lanes, etc. A good challenge. Marshalls very encouraging - thank you! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Great fun, enjoy the day and the sight of thousands of santas In full: Relax enjoy and do not take it too seriously, next year 10,000 with luck. Have a run and do not worry about racing, happy christmas ! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: A good race but used to be better. In full: This race has not been run for a couple of years after the previous club turned it's attention to other events. This year Devizes stepped in and organised.
The finish has moved and I can't say I like the new position. For one you turn the sharp corner and bang, very little opportunity to give a good sprint, and two it was a bit of a problem escaping from the finish area without either getting in the way of runners finishing or traipsing through the cabbage field. This was not fun with a pushchair and results in my wife thinking "why did I come?" especially after a marshall had screamed at her for trying to exit via the road/path. If there was a better way out it was not well signposted.
This is a good race, fast course which on the whole is well marshalled. The toilets were certainly not a problem in my (male) experience and that should get a mention cos it's always the first moan.
The creche facility is very good and is free and is a great way of encouraging family support for runners. This appeared not to be too busy so maybe the message could get out a little better to encourage more supporters.
Supporters were quite thin on the ground although I'm not sure how many to expect for 450 runners.
The car parking is okay although I got sent to the furthest car park with my car full of under fives and so I was a bit miffed to see a good number of parking spaces up at the social club which seemingly were being allocated to people with children. That said providing the minibus from car park up to the social club was appreciated.
I enjoyed it but not quite as much as when I ran it before. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Flat, fast and friendly In full: A great little 10K this one. The course is completely flat and this year there was hardly a breath of wind. The conditions (combined with some new shoes - thank you Athlete's Feet!) helped me to a new PB of 47:54.
The organisation was good with plenty of marshalls and one water stop. The start was spoiled slightly by some charmless abuse dished out by an 'ASBO Granny' who was in a rush to get to the local tip. No doubt to dump the body of her lodger or maybe to root through the skips looking for something nicer to wear and maybe a bit of old bone to boil up for lunch. But we were soon away from her.
I'll definitely do this race again - nice work! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Wet and cold as usual - could do with varying route as is getting bit dull as have done few times before. Always enjoy this but do get bit annoyed at some of the more gung ho blokes shoving through the water sections. In full: One of my favourites but as per other comments the route would be more interesting if it varied from year to year. Also some of the narrow sectiosn do have queues which is frustrating but - hey who does this for a time? As usual the organisation was good and plenty of parking - personally I thought in comparison to other races the queues for the porta loos was fine! My only other thought was that to live up to its name it could do with being a bit hillier or tougher, other than the water this is just a nice trail race Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Muddy but great fun & well marshalled. Consider X-Country shoes if wet. In full: Very well organised, great scenary but shoe-suckingly muddy in places. I normally run with my dog but there are a fair few styles and the start is a bit narrow so if you want to run with a mut then hang back until everyone has gone. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Two 5k Laps in Margam Park, Crowded Start In full: Two 5k Laps in Margam Park, Crowded Start, small hill, difficult to overtake in first 4k if you start at the back. Firm but muddy in parts. Only "Pure Speed" if you are well positioned at the start. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Great scenery and fresh sea air and overall a well-organised event. But as a young and inexperienced runner I felt a bit isolated as there seemed to be few other beginners running. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Wet & muddy.the puddles were freezing but it was really good fun & would recommend. In full: This was my first ever race entry so as a beginner I can recommend it to any other beginners that are thinking of doing it next time out. Date of review: December 4, 2005