In short: lovely low key race In full: Very friendly race with excellent marshalling and organisation. The route through the woods is beautiful and I enjoyed the route passing horse riders (who very patiently stopped and waited for several runners to pass) and taking in a cricket match. Small numbers mean there is no fighting for your space and the marshalls win top prizes for their friendly words of encouragement. Initially I was less than thrilled by "there is no clock" on the race information but it actually made it all the more personal to have my time shouted out by the guy with the stop watch (race organiser?) as I got to the finish. Definitely one to do again. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Excellent event. Highly recommended. In full: Good venue - plenty of parking, loos, changing. Perfect weather and a dry course. Middle section very scenic - little bridges over the river, open grassland, woods. Mostly flat but a bit twisty and narrow in places to be an ultra fast course (not a complaint!). Very cheerful & encouraging marshalls and a great atmosphere overall. One lap finish on the track. Real running vest plus certificate for finishers and tea and cake after. What more could anyone ask for? Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Challenging, but scenic, very friendly In full: A well organised race, with a very friendly atmosphere. Spectator support thin on the ground for most of the course,but good at the finish line. Would have preferred a medal, rather than the rather garish mug. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Good race, poor scenery and lack of time zones at the start In full: A nice reasonably race with a fast course which i enjoyed. This was my first 5 mile race and the shortest one i have done so i was going to get a PB whatever. But it would have been much better had it not been for the really congested start. Great value for money though with a decent medal and goody bag. For next year i suggest Handycross put out expected finish time starting pens. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Scenic, some steep hills, friendly, well marshalled. In full: A very pretty area, spoilt by some tough hills! Good facilities at the start/finish (baggage storage, toilets, drinks etc) and plenty of parking. A quiet area means little traffic. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Why don't more people run this race? In full: The marshalls are incredibly friendly, encouraging and helpful. Scenery is good with a nice mixture of flat and hills. This really is an excellent race and deserves to be well supported. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: well organised race, and a good 12km countryside course In full: The course has changed from last year, its now run in the opposite direction, and is also slightly longer (about 500m) as it now has a certificate, thus also attracting more club runners. A good hilly course, and well organised. I would prefer a slightly earlier start time, say 10.30 instead of 11.00 but either way, this is a good run which is increasing in popularity year by year. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Excellent,if you like hills! In full: As this was my first serious road race,didn't know what to expect,but found the whole experience very rewarding if not exhausting! Will be back next year. (Must be a glutton for punishment) Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Great race. Very well organised with great marshals. In full: Very much enjoyed my first Bluebell Trail.The variety of countryside and terrain made for a very interersting run. Found the "big hill" hard work but pleased that most of the runners around me decided to walk it.
As a road runner I missed having mile markers and had to keep asking the marshals how far we had run.
Thought the river crossing was most unusual and made for a great finish.
It took me almost as long as doing the Sheffield half last week.
Thanks to all the marshals who were most encouraging and I was pleased with my shot glass and superior Kit Kat and tea.