In short: Nice goody bag but over-priced for what it is. In full: The weather really did spoil it, organisers should have condensed the waves down as they were sparsely populated.They shouldn't promote winners prizes if they don't actually give any out. Date of review: June 17, 2014
In short: Great run spoiled by shocking weather In full: All in all I enjoyed this race but the facilities seemed lacking and there didn't seem to be that many runners there which put a dapner on the atmosphere a bit as everyone was hiding in their car until the last min (due to the horrendous weather). Everything was well organised and it was nice to get the t-shirt before the run rather than after.
Special mention to the marshals who were out for a long time in the rain which was sometimes torrential.
If it had been dry this would have been a fairly quick run, but conditions (and a huge downed tree) were against us somewhat and did slow things down Date of review: May 29, 2014
In short: Enjoyable trail 10k, even in the rain In full: My third attempt at this race, which is getting cooler and wetter each year. The course is undulating and surprisingly quick for a trail. Luckily I like mud on a trail run so thoroughly enjoyed myself and the torrential downpour was actually better than the 28 degree madness of 2012.
The field seemed smaller this year, perhaps the combination of the HM option, the weather, and the event taking place on a bank holiday weekend for the first time. Organisation was good as usual and the marshals deserve special praise for their happiness despite getting soaked. On the negative side, the text message timing didn't appear, there was no sign of the RatRace clothing tent and it is simply unjustifiably expensive for a 10k. But I'll still be back next year as this even got me into trail running and Forest of Dean makes a fab weekend break. Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: Glorious run despite great British weather In full: I admit, I am a little biased as I grew up in the Forest of Dean, but it is one of the most lovely places to run. Even in the rain! A little on the expensive side to enter but the organisation of this race was superb with a goody bag stuffed to the brim as well as a technical t-shirt that I think I will actually wear. The course itself was pleasantly undulating. Enough to be challenging but no hills steep enough to require walking. I will definitely do this race again. Thank you to all the marshalls - it was not a nice day to be standing out in the woods! Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: mud In full: the weather cant be predicted but the rain and mud spoiled the event for me,some may relish a mudbath others not so.travelling was a problem with unexpected road closures causing difficulties for those of us not local.on the plus side the organisers did their best in difficult circumstances Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: An excellent well organised run. Tough but rewarding off road event. In full: Can't fault this event. Everything needed for a great event was laid on. Car parking, toilets, easy registration, bag store, warm up exercises , chipped timing, cheery marshals and great goody bag to go home with! Date of review: May 24, 2014
In short: Do you really want to wait 2 weeks (& counting) for your chip time?! In full: Lots of potential - parking near to race village (essential if weather had been bad), pleasant course, excellent goody bag - BUT if 2 weeks later you still haven't published chip times, what's the point! No excuse, particularly as waves encouraged to spread out to avoid trips & falls early on. Bit suspicious when text times just said 'Your time is ...' Finally got email reply from organisers to say chip times 'awaiting approval'. Pull your finger out! Date of review: June 7, 2013
In short: Nice venue but accurate timings would have been nice In full: Advertised as chip timed but results only given as gun time. Over a week on still waiting for promised chip time. Venue great and atmosphere really good, all helped with glorious weather. Very expensive for a 10k event. Date of review: June 4, 2013