In short: top event to start the new year off with! In full: top event to start the new year off with! very good 15mile route - 1st back out off the 8milers/15milers and 20milers! beat 8milers back! Date of review: January 18, 2006
In short: Excellent course for my 1st half marathon not as flat as I had thought it would be cruel long hill in the last few miles. Done from start to finish in heavy rain. I had a real memorable day and will run the race again in 2006 Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: unbelievable mud in places - a hard run In full: This is 8.4 miles of hard cross country running only for those who enjoy that sort of thing I would say. MUD. Yes mud has to be the key word in this review, it was knee deep in some places and the going was VERY soft in a lot of others (they did warn us). Two killer hills after half way.
The organisation and marshalling was very good as you would expect with Thornbury Running Club (no I'm not a member) and the marshalls were very supportive and encouraging. The results were also posted up very quickly at the end which was a good touch.
A good hard race and a great experience but I prefer firmer surfaces I think. Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: Not as hilly as the err.. Wendover hill race! Still some testing ascents though... In full: I love Wendover woods! You can make your runs there as flat or hilly as you can cope with... Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: Just the best cakes ever! In full: Great organisation, challenging in a positive way with a very friendly atmosphere. Only in its second year but already a classic. Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: To get the true experience you need to do it when its been raining then change your spikes for 9inch nails! ;) In full: I have done this run a couple of times and on both times felt absolutely knackered but in the best possible way. You can push yourself all the way and in fact normally have to because your body will say "NO MORE!!!"
Some people at the front of the run are so focused that they don't want to make chit chat but in general its a great race.
It would be great if they could allow more spaces as 350 fills up quick.
I love the run and love the hills.
If you like it easy then avoid this. If you like a challenge then try entering, that's enough of a challenge :)
Can you guess I missed my entry this year :) Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: NO WALK IN THE PARK In full: Ever changing terrain and that hill in the middle came from nowhere what a race. Great atmosphere and encouraging marshals. The hardest part for me was which cake to have first so many (Bread pud was tops) Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: Cold, Muddy, Beautiful & Exhilarating In full: I entered the race late last year thinking it would be a good way to start the years race diary after a two week lay-off over Christmas. I had mistakenly entered two trail races last year when eagerly filling in forms without close examination. On both these occasions I got away with it as the races were in the summer but Sunday’s race was a deliberate choice. To spare my oh-so white road shoes I had even invested in a pair of Saucony ‘Approach’ which I had trained in for a few weeks. Come the day I did not feel up for a run let a lone a race. 2005 was my first year in 17 that I had started entering competitive races and I had managed to finish in the top half of each of the 7 races I had entered, ranging from 10K to Half Marathon. I had no frame of reference for a Hilly trail 5-miler and did not know what to expect. I dragged my wife and 15 month old son along and when we eventually got in after an alarmingly long queue for the car park, the main event area was excellent with a good PA system and announcer in tow. It was bitterly cold but I stuck by my decision to run in short sleeve. However I questioned this after an announcement stating the start would be delayed by 5 minutes due to the car parking problem. Eventually the race started and sadly so did the obligatory pushing and thoughtless ‘cutting’ which seems to be a modern standard nowadays, luckily I have only a small amount of running talent and these sort of unsportsman-like antics have little or no effect on my overall time. The field did spread after 10 minutes and I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the thrill of the race and of course the buzz of passing at least half those who had pushed or cut their way through the more friendly medium standard runners like myself.
As I stated it was wonderful to be in Wendover Woods but I may have been a little more prepared if the race description had mentioned an ample helping of full-on cross country, which was of course extremely muddy. Not since the hell of 4th year Secondary School cross country had I experienced the enjoy of watching my well placed lead foot sliding down the hill as my back foot scrambled forwards in a hopeless attempt to propel myself upwards. I now know the literal meaning of two steps forward, one step back.
I had loosely guessed at a time of 42 minutes, which I did not manage, coming in on my watch at 42:56 in 118 place (out of 266). In my world of running there is a sliding scale of achievement which begins with ‘Finish the Race’ followed by ‘Don’t Stop Running’ (The end of the scale does include winning the race but hey I can dream!). I am proud to say that I ran all the way but it was touch and go on the last hill. I have never been so please to see a finish line and please to have my name announced as I finished, great medal too.
All I can say is, as cold as it was, as hard as it was, I have never felt such exhilaration at the end of a race as I did that day. I now have a target for next year and I highly recommend anyone thinking of entering the Wendover Multi-Terrain 5 in 2007… just try not to run over the pale podgy bloke in ill fitting tights trying not to push or cut.
In short: If it wasn't for the wind & rain.. In full: Heavy rain & blowing a gale, but a well organised run, good turn out & a great atmosphere with great excuses for not getting that PB. Good food at the end! Date of review: January 17, 2006
In short: Why no medal? In full: A very enjoyable (if hard) race. However, I echo the other sentiments regarding the lack of a medal. For the entry price, surely it's not asking too much? It would've been nicer if it had been an exact 5k as well - it should be easy to measure 5k on that circuit. The scenery was spectacular and the view from the top made the hard slog up worthwhile. Probably beginner friendly in terms of the standard at the back end of the course, if not the ascent ;-) Date of review: January 16, 2006