In short: This time I brought friends and more money! In full: The route was way stickier than last year and mile 9 through the Somme-like mud could finish a less greedy person but my eye was on the main prize CAKE! Whoever made the lemon curd-filled victoria sponge was a genius and the fruit cake was scrumptious too! I brought along a couple of friends who loved it and now know that I am not exaggerating the hills and the hospitality. Whilst in the loo queue - long, chatty and preferable to waiting out in the wind - I noticed that the Milton Lilbourne WI is closing - this is a travesty and cannot happen! The village will starve and who will take such good care of us next year? Once again a fantastic race - worth hauling over from Bristol on a soggy Sunday and I had genuinely forgotten just how tough it is - Vale of Pewsey runners you just get better! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: First 10miler. Enjoyed it. Even the hills (but I'm sad like that). In full: Everyone talked about Ebbisham Lane. Yeah it was a long hill first time round and a longer one second time but the marshalls / water station on the top gave a friendly cheer and provided the encouragement. I also had visions of running along the switchback road between Tadworth & Tatt Corner, so the off-road bit there was very welcome. The Downs scenery is lovely and its worth looking slighly further than 10 yards in front. The organisers / marshalls at the car park were friendly and efficient although it was a good tip to get there early - the nearest car parks were full 45mins before the off. Will do it again next year. Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: good morning out although terrified at the begining....! In full: very nervous of the very experienced people running it... as this was myt first race, it was pretty nerve-racking... however, although i was near the back, i really enjoyed it and it was very much worth it. it was harder and more hilly than i thought it would be. the mud made a huge amount of difference and had to think carefully about where to out my feet without slipping! the scenery made up for it though!! will be back next year to give it another shot! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: Great race to get you into the Christmas spirit...all though antlers bobbing up and down! In full: My first time at Margam Park and really enjoyed running in such lovely scenery. Was a fun and friendly atmosphere with many runners donning antlers and santa hats. 10k is possibly not the best race for complete beginners unless you're a fan of mud and hills. Only downside is maybe to rethink the parking - bit of a mud bath in the field we parked and several cars left sinking. Will definitely be there again next year. Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: the hill was a challenge! but i did it! In full: my first race. thought the hill would never end. good atmosphere. disappointed about no medal, but i'm wearing my t-shirt with pride! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: This is a race that really hits the spot, in fact it hits all the spots then some more In full: If your key event is a ten and a bit mile, very hilly, very muddy race in Wiltshire then this is an ideal race for a PB otherwise forget it!
This was the first time that I run this race and I love it. Even the climb up the vertical wall of mud was fun although the way back down was precarious to say the least. The race was well marshalled with lots of encouragement all round the course. I was even told that I was an ‘inspiration’ by one of the marshals (bet he says that to all the runners!) near the finish. The rendition of happy birthday at the start was a nice touch Overall this was one of those great events that stand out from the crowd! I’ll definitely be doing again.
In short: Great trail race with a definite sting in the tail In full: My first trail race but very enjoyable (though tough) and would certainly do it again. Very scenic and varied course, but not one for a pb with some nasty hills and a fair amount of mud. Well marshalled and a friendly atmosphere. Only minor gripes were lack of mile markers and water stations. Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: 1900 Feet of Climbing and Some of the Vertical, Plus Exilerating Decents In full: My second year and despite a bad cold just had to do it. No other race would have got me out of bed. This year brought trail shoes which are a distinct advantage. Lots of the route is thick in sticky mud. A reall hard one but what a race ! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: Three killer hills, muddy and slippery under foot but the reward is the magnificent views and the fun atmosphere. Forget about race times and position and enjoy! Date of review: January 16, 2006