In short: Using Grim 8 was my first off road race (jumping in at the deep end) but great fun! In full: Not as bad as I 'feared'. Managed to get runner's knee from it though, most likely due to the fact that I hadn't included any hill training what so ever in my road only running. Didn't see the medals being handed out - so got to come back to do it one more time :-) Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: A great intro to off road racing In full: My second Grim and yes, no T shirt was a shame given the price, but this is a great race for those who are too scared to race XC - I convinced 26 'non runners' from work to go and they all loved it. Will be back next year. Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: Possibly the best organised event I've run in. Course was mentally and physically challenging. In full: Event passed off like clockwork. Very well done to organisers. Protracted climb between miles 3-6. (Worse than shorter, steeper climbs.)Mentally very hard to cross the finish line (after 17 miles)to start the last lap. Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: If I got a t-shirt In full: Compared to Races such as the London 1/2 Marathon, which gives you a t-shirt, a medal and other goodies, this race really let me down. Date of review: December 9, 2005
In short: So flat you'd think you were in Holland... In full: ... if it wasn't for the smell of turnips (as someone described it on the message board).
Well organised apart from the finish line. My kids really enjoyed the creche and my wife enjoyed the tea and bacon sarnies afterwards - how do I tell them that not all races are that well organised and I don't always finish with a PB?
Well done to Devizes Running club. Well organised and well marshalled.
And did I mention that its really flat! Date of review: December 8, 2005
In short: Hard race a real chalenge In full: A tough race with a kiler hill twice! Forget a PB but a good race to increase your personal strength. Will definately go again. Date of review: December 8, 2005
In short: Fantastic Run for Everyone In full: What a fab day out! Didn't see anyone wearing a frown with their Santa Suits, just how it should be. This will be a definate on my calendar every year. Date of review: December 8, 2005
In short: Fantastic run and highly recommended In full: I did this for the first time last year and absolutely loved it. Doesn't matter whether you are there to race or just get into the festive spirit, it's enjoyable for all who take part. Lots of fun although quite tough in places over the Roaches. Date of review: December 8, 2005
In short: Much harder than I predicted but great fun - if you like getting wet and cold In full: Much harder than I predicted but great fun - if you like getting wet and cold that is! I thought this was an excellent event with an atmosphere to match. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and it was epitomised by the Elvis clone who sped past me in his sideburns and shades. Definitely will do it again but PLEASE put the water station after the cargo net! Dropped my bottle in the netting and spent the rest of the race thirsty. Probably would have won if it was not for that - well that is what I told my son. Date of review: December 8, 2005
In short: flat brisk course, good support In full: fast flat course, well organised, good mix of runners & a big field make this a good race all round. but i'm biased as i'm from alsager! Date of review: December 8, 2005