In short: Totally off the wall event, you just have to do it, if only once In full: First time I have competed. Found the organistation in the muster area and start line completely disorganised, took me 15 minutes to find the pegs to hand your bag on for afterwards the so called 'marshalls' had no idea.
Ok so it's a midly dangerous event, but I really must say it's made even more so by the ineptitude of St. Johns on site. I saw numerous occasions where they just weren't quick enough reacting to injuries, I pointed out loads of cases where people needed attention to St. Johns guys who were just stanjding there enjoying the event. I noticed one guy about 15 minutes from the end who was totally delerious who obviously had hypothermia (when I asked him his name and if he had any support he didn't know) and took him to the neareast St. Johns. Some macho competitor appeared and said c'mon mate I'll get you round, and when I looked back St. Johns had let the hypothermic guy go with this other guy. Very,very dangerous...Those guys really need to understand the gravtriy of decision they make.
In short: Not so much a race as a assault course to test your metal toughness In full: Toughguy isn't so much a pure race as a cross country run of a few miles followed by an assault course. The race was pretty well run although the start felt a bit disorganised and the marshalling on the later parts of the course was a bit off with some friends going via different routes and missing parts. There were some early bottlenecks on the early obstacles which resulted in standing around for 20 or 30 minutes which was not good - people started to get cold very quickly.
I am glad I have done TG but don't think I'll be rushing back to do it again - I see it more as a novelty event and wouldn't really see the point of doing it again. Unless you were towards the front it would be hard to get a clear run and time. I think the entry fee was pretty steep added to the additional donation that was required. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Will be back again & again In full: I love this race, well organised & great challenging course. I knocked 10 mins off last years time & 4mins of my previous PB can't get much better then that. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Good challenge for the post xmas belly In full: What a fab race! Well organised, well attended by runners and spectators, great views and mostly downhill in the second half (well that's what it felt like). But then what else can you expect from stratford upon avon runners club. Good bunch of people who make you feel welcome no matter what your ability is. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Great race offering a testing multi-terrain course. Conditions were less muddy but the cold wind was tough throughout. Will be back in 2007. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: hill at the end an absolute killer ! In full: i turned up on the day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I now live in leeds so it was only a short drive away. these Yorkshire races are not like back home (Liverpool - where it is flat!). even the cars struggled with that hill at the end !! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Stratrt and finish in Industrial estate but majority of the race through leafy lanes.Weather made the day, bright and sharp if nippy . Well marshalled and well organised - but not heart stopping from either terrain or picturesquitude ! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Very well organised, glorious day for a winter run In full: Organisation couldn't be faulted - plenty of marshals, reasonable facilities (big queues for the toilets, but that's a given at nearly every race - I found a bush), easy to get to (I ran there), good t-shirt etc etc. Very nice undulating course - like being on a roller coaster at times. Excellent steep little hill coming up to the finish is a nice parthian shot. Feelings about the race might be different on a rainy day..... Well done to the oranisers - race director Grahem was very friendly and amazingly calm! Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Definitely a race where you're guaranteed a negative split. In full: Two big hills in the first 6 miles then 3 miles of lovely gently undulating running before a breakneck swoop back down to finish on the track. Very well marked & marshalled. Hot showers & bargain post-race refreshments all add to the feel-good factor that surrounds this friendly little race. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Those hills just kept on coming! In full: My first, but certainly not the last try at this race, which I suspect would change greatly in character from year to year according to January rainfall levels (fortunately this year's going was definitely on the firm side).
The route also calls for a bit of tactical thinking owing to the difficulty of passing in the long single lane section leading up to the halfway point. Date of review: January 30, 2006