In short: Brilliant start to my christmas. In full: Thanks to Torrington AAC for giving me the chance to do this race. I have never tried anything like this before, only ever done road before. It was great fun, very hilly, muddy and challenging. Have been on a high ever since Sunday. Lovely christmas feel to it will definately be back next year. Thanks for the ladies of TAAC (elves) for there support at the back, you kept me going, cheers! Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: VERY, VERY TOUGH, BUT GREAT FUN In full: i was lead to beleive that it would be slightly hilly.... that was a major understatement! Great fun though, you'll need hosing down at the end! Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: Challenging but really quite worthwhile! Great marshalls In full: Quite a serious field on this one but still open to all comers, and the rpac team of marshalls were brilliant! Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: Didn't know sand dunes could be vertical! In full: Would definately have benefitted from km markers on the course and maybe water half way round. However the marshalls were really, really good. They cheered and encouraged all the way through which was a great help. Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: A super start to the year In full: An old staple race, now developing and attracting new runners and returning runners. Good to see Maryhill Harriers haven't lost their touch. Very warm welcome - 2005 here I come. Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: need a big tree to wee behind In full: Is this one of your all-time favourite races? only done one other 'race' I dont race I like to talk to anyone and look at the views :-) Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: PB Who cares! In full: After scrambling to the top of the dune the bottle neck for me was welcome! Just a great day out. Sorry to those i splashed as I came charging thorugh to finsh! T-shirt, pud and soup. Bargin!
In short: Perfect pre-Christmas race In full: My first time for this race. I found its to be one of the most relaxed and friendly races I have done. Must admit I secretly enjoyed the "bottleneck breather" at the start of the course as it was more than possible to make up for it in the later stages.
Good organisation, soup, rolls, T shirt and Xmas pudding (choice of soup & pud). Probably one of the best value races around. Well done Brackla! Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: Quite outstanding - join me and do it next year! In full: Yes, it was a cold morning, yes the Roaches is a tough climb, but who cares! This race is a real gem - tough enough to test the competitive runners and fun enough for all standards of runner to enjoy. The atmosphere at the start and finish is great and the organisation spot-on. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic race, excellent organisation, See you next year!! In full: A really good way of blowing the cobwebs from your hair on a cold December morning. I did find it a bit hilly and will put more training in before I run again next year. Christmas songs were great at the beginning though!! The T Shirt is well worth the entry money. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: nice flat course but half of it is on an airfield with no scenery and you can just see everyone beating you which could be disheartening for a beginner. Take a friend and chat your way round as a training run. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: big sand dune, big puddles, loads of fun In full: A fab race!!! Great atmosphere, loads of support, great marshalls and organisation. Couldn't run all the way up the sand dune and then got stuck at the top, which was frustrating!! Loved the puddles at the end (sorry to the girl who was trying to tiptoe through - I splashed her a bit!!!). Definately back again next year. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Excellent Well Organised Race! In full: This is an excellent race that it well organised and has a good atmosphere. The facilities at the school are excellent and its great to keep warm until the last minute before the start. Yesterdays conditions were cold but you would expect this at this time of year. It is a great week to get those legs out before the Christmas food and drink! Overall it is great value for a well organised race. Thanks to the marshalls for standing out in the cold! It is much harder job than running round!