In short: Very tough route - to be run with respect & caution. In full: This event is incredible! The route is tough and some sections need to be run cautiously due to flint, stones, ruts, chalk, rabbit holes etc. There are some serious hills that need to be walked up. Just a few that can be run up - depending on your courage and stamina. All in all, it deserves to be up there amongst the most popular events - especially as there is a meal afterwards. Date of review: October 29, 2005
In short: Definitely at least 500m short, no distance markers which really annoyed me, meeting the leading runners pelting dowhill while we struggled up in the mud was fairly uninspiring! Date of review: October 29, 2005
In short: Only way of a PB is if you have never done a Marathon before. In full: 2nd time I have raced this. Swore I would not do it again last year - glad I changed my mind. A great day out for the runners/joggers/walkers with great local support.
A must for all those wanting to get off the roads - at least once. Date of review: October 29, 2005
In short: poor organisation lets down a pleasantly mild cross country run In full: Where to start? No website, no pre-race pack, dodgy instructions sent by e-mail with everyone's e-mail addresses to view. registering was easy enough online, and on the day there were no problems but there was no secure (or even covered) place to leave bags. The race was most definitely not the adverised 10km - I know my speed and there was no way I have improved that much. It was two laps, with people along the track to point the way, but no-one to check that there were no "cheaters" who turned back early from the two end points. Thankfully it was not raining because some of the uphills would have been unrunnable from the mud if it had been. The thing that irritated me the most was that the race was advertised with a finisher's medal, goody bag and T-shirt, and prizes for the winners. What we got was the T-shirt, a goody bag with the usual pointless plastic water bottle which will go straight in the bin and pollute the environment, but NO medal. I choose my races for the medals - it's nice for the collection! And it would seem that the final results may be a bit dodgy as well - the prize places seemed a little out of order if you listened to the talk around the table! I hope that these were just teething issues for a new run. The venue was nice, and I would definitely go there again but only if the organisation improves markedly. Date of review: October 29, 2005
In short: Cheeky little tester, not as easy as it seems In full: Very easy to go off too fast on the long downhill. Preserve and the 3.5 miles of ups aren't too bad. Much improved marshalling, more water (And thankfully bottled v.cups...other races please note) than last year, with a great finish on the nice soft track at the stadium. Buses to/from start and finish offered parking alternatives. Baggage done well and good to have facilities at the end. Well worth doing as a race oor as a run as around 400 runners with paces from the fast 1.06 to get you round 2.30. Recommend to all in travelling distance. Date of review: October 29, 2005
In short: Roll on 2006 In full: Longer course, deeper mud, softer sand, wetter water!! It just gets better and better. For the less competative a good sense of cameraderie emerged from the mud!! Thanks Trailplus. Date of review: October 28, 2005
In short: First race ever, it was awesome In full: Having never raced before I didn't really know what to expect, in fact didn't even realise it was not on the road, oh well, really enjoyed and will do it next year!!! Date of review: October 27, 2005