In short: . In full: The course was perfect, a good mix of mud, water, hills, and even steps. That really cant be faulted. Organisation at the event was good, but there seemed to be a real lack of directions on how to get there if you didn't happen to be a local. I put the postcode as given into the routefinder hoping that when I arrived there I'd pick up a few car-park signs or arrows to direct me in off the local roads. However I didnt come accross any, and as such ended up parking in the wrong car park having taken a gamble that i was in the right place due to high levels of cars/people. The first marshall I came across didnt know the way to the start either. The only thing that spoiled my day really as had quite a lengthy warm up navigating around half of the course to get to the start line! Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: A great way to spend a Sunday morning :o) In full: Lovely race! Perfect weather and underfoot conditions, excellent on-site catering and a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. Parking was no problem and the marshalling was spot-on.
Definitely a course for those who like an interesting variety of inclines. The start and some of the single-file stretches got a little bottlenecked, but we were out for fun rather than PBs so it didn't matter.
I'm proud to have this event on my local race calendar. Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: The most fun I've had racing this year! In full: Fantastic
Loved this race Weather was perfect and I particularly enjoyed the comment from someone from behind me as a stomped through a particularly Liquified Muddy puddle...
"Excellent - a face full - now that's why we're here...!!!"
My first ever Off Road event (since I was in school - and that's almost prehistory) and I loved every moment of it. Enough Updulates to be challenging and Downdulates to tear down like a mad thing.... some nice gooey muddy stuff and a two-footed leap into the stream for a little 'leg-cooling'!!!
In short: Gotta be Done!! In full: An excellent race - highlight of the year - great fun - good conditions - good company - definitely a must for next years calendar!! Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: Great race well organised with good support from the marshals. Interesting park land landscape with the added benefit of a water crossing. Wonderful atmosphere. Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: A cracking race with an opportunity for a bath. In full: A great event with a lot of whippets at the front, but plenty of normal runners too. A moderately tough course with a reasonable quota of mud and hills. Nothing too taxing in itself, but the cumulative effect is demanding. Add in the river crossing (which I enjoyed from a prostrate position) and the steep, slippy steps a kilometre from the end, you certainly know you have been running when you tuck into the post race banana and mars bar.
A really enjoyable event, with plenty of support all around the course. The scenery is probably good too - I glanced up and saw the South Shropshire hills at one point, and the autumn leaves were glorious (when they weren't underfoot).
Definitely a "must do" race. Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: As much fun half dressed and covered in mud as its possible to have! In full: How much fun can a big crowd of runners have on a fine winters morning in the muddy countryside half dressed and soaking wet?? - loads if they are running this years Suicide Six(ish) . Muddy beyond belief in places and hilly as well , a great combination if you aren't wearing trail shoes, it made for some amusing moments as grip was lost and sliding rather than running became the better option. I started well toward the back of the pack as I have a persistant shin problem and wanted to go really slow to start. In the crowd the running stopped and started as we all got going on the narrow bits and muddy hills at the start - great fun though . ""Keep to the left for Tea and Coffee at the top!!"" "" Please stop enjoying yourselves"" got a few laughs as we toiled along. The fantastic scenery and the beautiful late Autumn colours really made this course a delight even on the toughest bits - well marshalled with specators cheering on , they had great laughs at the now legendary waist deep water crossing . Still it washed off all the mud though it made the legs heavy and tired . Time? 56 mins - thats from strating at the back then trying to catch up _after_ the mud has been churned up!!
A great Black Country race from Merry Hill Striders , a great goody bag with mars bar, fruit and a useful slate coaster which was superb. Well done to all!! Date of review: November 19, 2006