In short: Excellent event. Brilliant atmosphere. Great running weather In full: Well, the Sunday weather couldn't have been better...cold and frosty when I arrived but warming up as the sun gained elevation. Just right to avoid overheating. In fact I ended up running without my hat and gloves.
I agree that there could have been a staggered start for latecomers...the chip timing allows for that, but the half hour delay wasn't really *that* inconvenient.
I found it less intimidating than I'd thought it would be. A lot of the wading could be avoided if you wanted to. Some of the frozen ruts were potential ankle snappers, but anyone doing this race really should expect the water, mud and ruts: the literature hardly hides it!
I loved it. It made a real change from the road races I've done recently. The atmosphere was superb. They ought to have a go at sorting out the eccentric mile marker placements next year though...it's not rocket science these days!
I'll definitely be back. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Grimtastic fun! In full: My first Grim, done Sunday so freezing cold but blue skies and sunshine made for a glorious day. Great mix of puddles, knee deep porridgey mud, trails, tracks, open land and forest. People have commented not Grim enough, but probably serves as a good introduction for the masses to the more extreme stuff. Giggled all the way round - great fun, which is what its all about. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Strange race, more wading than running - the last 3 miles made it worthwhile In full: A cold and frosty start with glorious sunshine. The organisers made a bad decision to delay the race by half an hour for late-comers. This really spoilt the start, as we all got very cold. Should have dome a 10.30am start for the majority and an 11.00am start if they wanted for the late arrivals. Nice set of race officials and supporters; plenty of loos and baggage facilities. The first 5 miles was hideous - very wet and muddy; plenty of thigh-deep puddles. The last 3 miles were glorious running on tracks in lovely countryside. Would do it again Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: You gotta love this race ....!! In full: Ran the Saturday race this year, my third outing and every bit as enjoyable as the last two. Nice t-shirt but goody bag?? Got a bottle of water that was very welcome but that was it. Don't mind as I enjoyed the race but if its in the literature ....? Atmosphere is great every year, marshalls always encourage everyone - even us back-markers - which makes us feel wanted. Keep it up guys, I WILL be back again .. maybe with my son next year ... Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Super day, Super Cold. In full: Arrived in plenty of time, directions spot on and parked next to start finish area so able to wait and change in car. Icy conditions meant for a slow start but I was soon splashing through the icy water with the rest. It was a 300 mile round trip for us but really enjoyed it although not as Grim As I thought. Beautiful sunny day to take your mind off the numb toes. Only Gripe is the T Shirt I would love to have worn it down the Pub but they had run out of Small size so its one for the nightshirt pile again. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Good fun but I expected much harder In full: I expected something more on the lines of HellRunner but Grim is So much easier, prob so they can get so many people to do it. Could have made it harder by taping more route into the water rather than round it. Will be back to try again with more mud and water with luck next year, the ice made the mud hard so it was easier than expected today. Worth the 3 hour each way drive. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Challenges novice and experienced runners In full: Lovely scenery and large number of runners. The only improvement would be more obstacles. Perhaps, bales to jump or similar as there was not enough mud to make it the ultimate trail race. Very satisfying and well worth going to The cold made for hard ridges and high impact clearly, nothing could be done about that! Gripe with attitude of some runners who barged their way to the front of the start despite arriving late and also a comment made behind me that I was going to be the last female not his running partner! Very satisfying when I passed them as they walked having pushed to fast over the first part! A lot of people walked the last mile or so I pressed on I think they just went to fast! Enjoyable
In short: Cold, icy, freezing but great fun In full: Excellent race. Sunday was freezing cold, all the water was frozen and leg numbingly cold, the thick mud was great fun, nice couple of miles of flat track towards the end to really warm your self up after all the cold water - until you come to the giant freezing 2ft deep puddle 50 yards before the finish line. Great race and great fun too. Date of review: December 7, 2008