In short: That is one serious hill! In full: Despite it being cold and damp (what would one expect in December, anyway!) this was a seriously challenging race for a newcomer to 10K like me. The course has the right blend of challenging hills and downhills to help a little recovery for the second lap. Chose to avoid the ford (did'nt want to get wet feet - wimp!)The defining characteristic of the course is the hill and that is enough to make me return next year in an effort to improve my time. Well worth the trip from sunny Essex. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: I thought the Sodbury Slog was hard!!! In full: When I was told it was hilly, I thought a few gentle inclines. Next year it will be walking boots and poles!! My poor knees, I feel a lot of hill training is needed to give it my best. A personal waorst for the distance but a great day out! Well don Crewkerne Runners. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Glorious mud lots of it - excellent fun - a must do! In full: Fab race - great organisation and good local support.Lots of deep muddy puddles and strength sapping muddy inclines but lots of great down hills too - great down hill sprint to the finish - which is particularly welcoe - nice momentos as well - the engraved champagne glass was an interesting contrast to the mud caked recipients ! Great showers and hot choc an cakes afterwards - what a fun way to spend a winter sunday - would recommend 100% Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Really good 5k and mini dash but a dissapointed 2yr old with no balloon/goodybag In full: A really friendly and fun race that i would definatly recomend to anyone, with a couple of small negative points.
I did the 5k, then the mini dash with my 2year old niece who really enjoyed it but was a bit dissapointed at the end because after being promised a balloon and goody bag after crossing the finish, there were none left!
was also a bit annoyed about the PA man announcing that all the childern from the mini dash had finished when there were still quite a few running, causing my sisters and parents to panic that my niece had got injured!
A very friendly policewoman also helped make it special for my niece by holding her hand and swinging her to the finish line!
Other than that, it was a really good day and will definatly do it again. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Excellent 3 lap event with the usual like-clockwork organisation. In full: The three lap format does make this race mentally tough. Although the hills are not major, the regularity of them presents a more difficult change than usual. Efficie nt organisation, supportive marshalling, and race full to limit. The relay runners spice things up, and its great if you can latch on to on in the final lap to pull you through (as I did). Lovely medal, t-shirt and goody-bag - so good value. Thanks to Stopsley Striders and Dunstable RAoad Runners - I'll be back in 2006! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Please get the route and distance right next time In full: Last year it was supposed to be 3.5m and ended up 5K, this year it was supposed to be 5K and turned out to be 3.5m. I know its a fun run, but it would be nice to know how long the race is before you get to 3 miles. All of the other 15 races I have done this year have been the distance they were supposed to be, how hard can it be? Also telling people that the route has changed before they start would be a nice touch. The goody bags were excellent, and it was generally good fun and well organised, but the minor niggles spoiled a fun day. Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Flat, fast and scenic In full: Shame the race HQ was so far from the start (which led to a delay due to latecomers) otherwise a really good, well-organised race. Nice scenery and definite PB potential. Well done TRAC! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: slow first 3 miles In full: not enough hills ? too many people missing the water out ,why you might as well run in any woods if you do not want to play in the water ,the weather was to kind which probably made it to comfortable Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: If you want to get into the Christmas spirit and do something unusual then this is a box to tick In full: Serious runners still wear a Santa Suit and unless you get to the front then no chance of a PB, especially with the number of bottle necks and twists on the course. This is an all level, fun, charity event, now in year five but the well intentioned organisers have a way to go to get it running smoothly. It is a great day out to Mid-Wales and is very good value for money. All runners commit to raising a small amount for charity. It is the original Santa run and this year included a record attempt for the most yo-yos at one event so will be interested to see if record is accepted. Also interested to see if more turned up for the shorter Liverpool run. Good entertainment, more water than many a 10k/half marathon I've run and the whole town seemed turned out to cheer. Memorable, but not just for the run. Might even be seen on Blue Peter! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Great !! In full: Great value race, very friendly stopped frequently to chat and look at other Santas excellent atmosphere. Goody bag was well filled (T-shirt, pasta, sweets etc) best value race all year! Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Must for anyone who thinks they cant do it.(Also non runners) In full: If you want to break world record for Santa Running and collect for charity then this race needs some much better advertising Date of review: December 4, 2005
In short: Fabulous off-road 10 mile run with 8 character building hills. In full: Superb views at from the top of oxygen sapping hills. Well organised and friendly, with a festive air. One drinks station was even dispensing Guiness and beer. Some runners were in fancy dress, including 4 fairies. I thnk their wings helped them fly up the hills. Date of review: December 4, 2005