In short: A great mix of flat road, steep grass slopes, stunning scenery and snow! Just a shame more people didn't turn up... a great fun run. Thank you: please arrange it again for next year. Date of review: February 15, 2005
In short: First real off road race and found all that mud tough going, it seemed to last forever! The hill at the last mile was just mean. Bizarrely tho think i quite enjoyed it in a masochistic way of course! Date of review: February 15, 2005
In short: Flat windy course. On a calm day extremely good PB potential. In full: Second year I have managed to run a PB on this course. The only thing that would have slowed you down was the strong wind. Even windier this year than last year, course is obviously fairly exposed from a wind point of view. Pretty flat, the only hilly bits are when you have to go on bridges over the M4 and the A329. Definite PB potential. Was chuffed to bits that my picture ended up on the BBC website!! Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Run is fine, bike is a killer, especially with the sticky mud. In full: The run portion is nice, with a short hill at the end. Never before has 10 miles on a bike seemed so far! I think I was pushing more than riding, given the amount of mud caked everywhere. Saying all that, it was great fun, and a good excuse for some cross-training. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Biting winds make this one tougher.... In full: Would just like to add that by my watch, the total ascent was 1,050 feet! thats double Ackworth - Should be down as Hilly. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: I didn't run but I marshalled and I am in awe of anyone who ran it!!! In full: I marshalled the event in order to see how tough it really was before deciding whether or not to run it next year! (I was at the 12mile point with cakes and drinks) Even through the snow and howling wind, the runners seemed to be having fun. The stunning views must have helped!!!! Well done all those who took part and all the other marshalls. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: My first ever competative race! In full: I live locally and I've never seen the waves that bad before in Llandudno. First race I've ever done, so technically a PB of 48.45, and for some reason the bad weather made it all the better!! Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Organisation could've been better-fingers crossed for next year! In full: Organisation left alot to be desired (parking and loos), course was good-flat and fast (if a little over long - I wondered if that last 1km would ever end!) Got a pb which was good. May do it again next year. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: A good warm up race for the marathon. The course is undulating but the hills aren't to challenging. Organisation was good with cute love hearts signage but no medals which is a bit of a let down after running 30ks!! Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: As they say "Could do better" In full: The exhibition saved the day. My family somehow managed to get into the exhibition for free after the dalay was anounced. This really saved the day. My sons thought it was great especially the bikes (I could be in for some expensive purchases when they get older!). I usually expecy cross-country to be a lot dirtier and was disappointed to finish almost spotless. My last km took me more than 2 minutes longer than all the others. The Goody bag was a bit of a letdown. I would have preferred a momento - what about a horsebrass or horsey type rosette given the venue.
I do a lot of racing in Holland and Belgium. Many of the events there are organised or sponsored by RunnersWorld and you get a discount if you are a Runnersworld subscriber (it dosen't matter where). Where was our discount on this event? I also get a discount for my own chip!
In short: Delayed without any warning In full: Delaying a race at the moment it was due to start is hardly fair on all the people that had warmed up in cold conditions. When it did start an announcement was made saying the start would be in 5 minutes and hooter went off 3 minutes later. What a shame no one seemed to know what was going on.
I look forward to my free ticket for next year. Its the only way I will be running. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Terrible organisation, the distance was supposed 10k not 10.5k, on a lap run that is unforgiveable. I think the 3 times up and back as we finished on the golf course probably accounted for the extra distance. I wont be rushing back. Date of review: February 14, 2005
In short: Good cause but very amateur In full: This was the first time I've done a charity run. I was looking forward to it so felt very let down. Kept joining queues and having to ask people what the queue was for. Needed the loo first and got sent across the park to queue for the kiddies play area toilets - THREE toilets for about 500 women. Missed the warm up as in a queue. Awful, awful music being played at the start/finish area. No one seemed to be keeping to the course, all cutting across the park, ineffectual marshalls, some parts were boggy and muddy - too many people so couldn't keep a good pace. Dismal ending just an anti-climax - maybe if I'd fancied queueing again for a certificate (? - surely this is a bit juvenile). Depressing.... Date of review: February 14, 2005