In short: Second half of the trail is all downhill so you can really race for home. Fabulous and really friendly organisers. In full: I ran with my son. We ran one lap together (he did 5.4k) and then i ran a further circuit (10.4k) Fabulous organsation and everyone was really friendly. Great scenary. See you next year. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Top race! In full: Apart from a couple of very minor things - the long queue for the baggage tent, the "isotonic" drink at halfway that, in my case at least, was actually water - this was a fantastic event, organised extremely well, and marshalled with enthusiasm and good humour throughout, even on the rainy and cold second lap.
Runners were treated (?) to a fast and flat course well laid-out and with hardly any traffic, and an original memento which will doubtless see service in the living room in the event of a power cut. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: well worth the trip In full: well organised event with a decent course.lots of competitors made it an enjoyable fast run.brilliant medal and a great t shirt with everyones name on who entered.well done ***** Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: It was our first 10k and I think we picked a tough one! But in an odd way we really 'enjoyed' it! We were to feel really welcome by the organisers and they were really interested in that we were raising money for our chosen charity. In full: The marshalls were great. Huge thanks to Steve (sweep) we really need him! Hope to see you next year. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: The only thing missing was hoops of fire and people shooting at us! In full: Despite the wind and the rain I thought I'd be on course to a better than previous half marathon time. The hill and mud in the 2nd half put paid to that though. I didn't actually mind either, but the narrow uphill section made it near impossible to overtake and slowed me down quite substantially. It's the one thing I would criticise. The mud was interesting and for me, induced one or two giggles and obscenities. In short, I loved this race and would do it again. Finished 6mins slower than last half marathon but considering the conditions I'm chuffed to bits and sure I'm getting faster. The weather really made it for me but I am a sicko jock. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable - great for a first race (if you get there early) In full: Lovely scenery and great to be able to go round the safari park afterwards. Some queueing to get in if you didn't arrive early enough and could have done with more signs for spectators. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Great race but windy In full: Good fun but pretty challenging up to the top between 9and 11. Mud was a bit treacherous at times on the way down. All in all very good but the weather was vile. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: great pre-marathon hit-out In full: good atmosphere, well supported by the locals. Aside from the long slow queue at the baggage tent before the start, the organisation was great. I loved the post-race massage and the yellow beanie- next time I'm at a disco in Moscow I know what I'll be wearing! Well done RRR Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Most points have already been raised: Very muddy ( almost to the point of being dangerous in places - almost slowed to a walk)Narrow in places and a times difficult to 'overtake' - not that I did too much of that! Well organised & friendly helpers. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Not a bad word to say about this race - will be back next year! In full: Personally, no prob's with traffic, we stayed and drove round the safari park so no prob's getting out later on. Few hills to make it interesting and nice to have a water station in a 10K. delayed start yes, but only 10mins, so no bother. smooth orgnaisation, great marshalls, exellent views, got a PB!! All in all a lovely race, not a bad word to say about it and will do it again next year! Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Good race, pity about the marshalling and water stations. In full: I did enjoy the route, it was nice to be running through the countryside and have the fresh smell of farms in your nose. But I was a bit disappoitnted by the lack of marshalls at more remote points on the course. I did not see any St John's ambulance people about the course either which was a bit of a surprise.
I was also a bit disappointed by the infrequency of water stations. For a PB potential course, I thought that it would be much more preferable to have water stations at more regular intervals (every 3 miles instead of every 4). I think that it definitely impeded my performance for the last 2 miles (I felt like a dead dog).
Bit disappointed that you had to buy your own T-shirt, and the goody bag contained a pair of men's socks - what are the women meant to do with that.
Overall very average. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Excellent variety In full: This was my first experience of a cross-country race so I haven't got anything to compare it with. However, it left a very favourable impression. A very varied selection of surfaces: pasture, ploughed field, sticky mud, streams and gravel tracks not to mention the occasional stile to cross. Very well marshalled throughout with plenty of encouragement for plodders like me. I'll definitely be looking to do this one again. Date of review: February 20, 2006
In short: Potential problems in/out - but fine if arrive early and prepared to look around after. Nice course, good underfoot - hills didn't seem that bad, nice to be downhill second half. Wife and I both got prizes so we're well made up! Date of review: February 20, 2006