In short: Third time I've done this and third time I've enjoyed it. In full: It was a bit windier than last year, so stopped me going for a PB.
Race again well organised and well marshalled/policed.
It is good that the profits will again be going to charity.
A couple of suggestions though.
Any chance of having more 'waves' than just the under 40 mins. I know this is classed as a fun run, but even when getting to the line early I got stuck behind a few women who's sole intention seemed to be running holding hands with each other and stop other runners passing.
Also (and I realise that this can hardly be blamed on the organisers), but this is the only race (and for the second year) I have been at where spectators decide to stand in the middle of the runners. I know it shouldn't be necessary to ask this of anyone with an ounce of sense, but any chance that the PA could be used to ask spectators to get away from the runners. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Not sure I can bear to go back to road racing after this gorgeous cross country event! In full: An incredibly beautiful route through woodland and flowering fields. Slower than an on-road 5 miler because of all the twists and turns round the trees and narrow tracks making overtaking impossible in places on lap 1. But by cross country standards quite a gentle course - no big hills and good footing. Excellent organisation: marshalling and signposting are perfect, no queues at all for the toilets (unheard of!!) and just the most fabulous cakes at HQ afterwards. A must-do event. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: A nice run In full: Nothing special, but a very enjoyable event. First half is uphill, second half a knee shattering downhill. Well organised, but may benefit from one extra water station just after the long steady climb. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: A very well organised race all in the park with no traffic.Take the whole family to this one as the fun run is very well supported with some good freebies for the kids. P.S. its a little bit hilly!! Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: A good all round run In full: The organisation and everything that goes with it was excellent. Mainly because it was kept simple and the start was prompt and all facillities were in one place. Also, any questions, concerns, comments were answered promptly by the race organiser via the RW forum.
Cheers!....I have this one already booked in my diary for 2006. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Outstanding. Beautiful run and incredibly challenging In full: Ran this baby this morning, my first experience of the Richard Davies Sorbrook Challenge and loved it. Tough as nails on those two mammoth hills, but the view from the two summits are stunning and everyone is very welcoming and generous.
This was my first ever race and its given me the hunger to do more :)
P.s. Kudos to whoever it was that did the run in 36minutes!!!!!! Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: A great race with great scenery In full: A great race with great scenery and 2 steep hills to test you - i will definatly make this a regular yearly event on my running calander - well organised by very friendly people Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: very good and very child friendly. In full: this is a fantastic run for a first race, it is an unusual distance but it still gives you the feeling of entering a race. Date of review: May 8, 2005
In short: Excellent and well thought out couse. Baggage and parking not good. In full: Was suprised how pleasant the route was. Very well thought out it keep runners in the shade as much as possible. This was much appreciated on a hot day. Some interesting hils. Everybody was very friendly and there was an excellent family atmosphere. Parking was tricky and baggage was pretty much unsecured. Date of review: May 7, 2005
In short: Okay but nothing startling In full: Its a pity this 5k couldnt be run totally in the park instead of just the start and finish. Bit too quick for me and difficult to get into any sort of rythym as constantly up and down peoples entry to drives on grass roads etc but still better than atraining run and the weather was pleasant anyway Date of review: May 7, 2005