In short: Mud mud glorious mud! In full: Another fab race by the Merry Hill Striders. They seem to manage to sort the weather out too! From the gloopy slippery clay mud, to the tree roots, hills and water crossing, everything about this race is just great fun (if you take your 'having fun' head rather than your 'I want to run a good time head' with you). You just have to see the laughing faces of participants and spectators alike at the water crossing to realise what a laugh this race is. I'll definately be back (try and keep me away!). Mind you, that mud was so stubborn I did find some on the back of my leg in the gym on Monday! I did shower after it, honest.
In short: 'Suicide'. In full: What a great day. My first time at the suicide six, but it will not be my last. Super organisation, great value for money and loads of fun. See you next year...! Date of review: November 20, 2006
In short: not as much mud as I'd expected - but more water! And those steps.... In full: First cross-country race, will be back. We travelled a long way for this race and it was completely worth it. Nice atmosphere at the back (where we were!), fabulous scenery and well-marshalled. Only quibble was the start which wasn't very clear. We were slow - but we had a ball!! As a road-runner who doesn't do hills, sign me up for next year! Date of review: November 20, 2006
In short: First rate race for all types of runners In full: Once again on a sunny Sunday morning a cracking race at Baggeragde Park was held by Merry Hill Striders. Friendly and helpful marshals, tough and testing course, sadistic spectators at the river crossing chanting "fall in, fall in" and an excellent goody bag, what more could one want. The only gripe I have is, that there needs to be a bit more organisation at the start. A lot of novice and slow runners stood at the front and created a long bottle neck for the fist half mile when they started to walk up the first hill. Nevertheless, will be back next year for another go. Date of review: November 20, 2006
In short: Mud-water-mud-hills-mud-steps-mud-stiles-mud-lots of fun-oh and did I mention mud? A great mornings running. In full: My second attempt at this one. I thought I remembered the course quite well but I forgot about the steps until I reached them. Oh God those steps! Still well done to the organisers and thanks to all the marshalls for the encouragement. Nice memento. I`ll be back next year to see if I can break the hour. I was quicker than last time. Just a couple of tiny constructive comments. 1) Any chance of a halfway water station next time? The water crossing doesnt count! 2) Distance markers would be nice. If there were some, apologies and I missed them cos I spent most of the time watching my footing. 3) one that really doesnt affect me as such but going down the narrow track towards the river area, we met the leaders coming back the other way. There was no warning and the first few were having to dodge us slower ones. They are actually racing and a little warning for us would help them. Date of review: November 19, 2006