In short: The most stunning scenery and a well-organized friendly event . In full: As a super-vet (plus) woman I wasn't expecting to win, just hoping to run the event in reasonable time. I chose the Whitebrook half for my first as I couldn't face doing 13+miles on roads. This was the perfect answer - more like X country but easier to pace and kinder to my joints. I actualy preferred the 1200ft climb to the 'free fall' through the woods! I will definitely do it again. The standard was high but as clearly stated on the website it was a 'challenge'. Luckily I was mostly running alone, but wondered how the front runners were coping with narrow paths, especially if there had been more of us. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In short: a good day out In full: A very friendly crowd. Some of the paths were narrow and/or uneven. Parts could get congested if the numbers increase dramatically. The downhill would also be a bit of a nightmare if wet. But it wasn't and despite walking most of the way up the hill the second time, I think I enjoyed myself. Beer and scones at the end, nice. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In short: Faultless In full: For Whitebrooks first race you would have thought they had been doing this for years. Stuck with the obvious basics with the organisation which cannot be said for some other events. Nice course,long,long climb. Proper village event atmosphere. Spoke to a couple of ladies who were doing their first half, hats off to that. Think they were happy to hear that any other halfs will not be anywhere near as tough. No advert for bag storage but it was a pretty obvious "Just leave it in the marquee" next to the BBQ & cakes!!!
For those thinking of next year it is all off road on very good footpaths & fireroads. 3.5m flatish. 1.5m up, 0.5 down (Mud track but well defined) followed by a short sharp uphill sting. Then do another lap Date of review: May 23, 2011
In short: Superb scenery, great organisation, will be back next year In full: I had a lovely trot down the Wye then up through the trees. Ok the second lap knocked the wind out of me but it was worth it for the view. Definitely be back next year because it was such a delight. Thanks to all the marshals and organisers lots of great support. I have Marked the course well on PB potential because it was my best time for 1200 ft of climb. What more could you ask for Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Wonderful race, will definately be back....every year! In full: Terrific race, I didn’t win it but I had the honour of starting last....18 minutes late actually having gotten myself lost on the way! So I really enjoyed the challenge of hunting down the pack and of course the grinding 2 mile hill to climb at the 3 mile mark which climbs about 1200 feet...phew...so good I did it twice as this is a 2 lap course. What followed the hill was the reward of the most thrilling downhill run I have ever enjoyed on a run...I felt like I was flying through the trees and rough pathways...more like a ’sort of‘ controlled fall really...fantastic! The scenery along the River Wye and the whole route was wonderful and the marshals were great, giving cheerful encouragement whenever I passed them. As mentioned on the website, the whole event and the start/finish area really did convey the village fete feeling that they were looking to achieve. In conclusion, this is a lovely, friendly event with a real variety of flat/challenging uphill and breakneck downhill running all on a beautiful off road course with superb organisation and friendly marshals...well done to all those serving the food and drinks afterwards too...Great to have taken part (eventually) in the first ever running of this race...I will definitely be back - year after year, well done...this race is the most enjoyable one I’ve ever run...gave me a huge buzz! Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Blimey I'm tired after this one! In full: Loads of effort made by the organisers. BBQ,Cakes and Bar. Would benefit from more directions in some parts of the course. However very pleased to have ran this race and certainly prefer it to Tewkesbury half marathon. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Well organised, very friendly and great atmosphere for an Inaugrial run - I'l be back :-) In full: Well done to the organisers of this run for making this event special. Lots of support and good humour on the day - i really enjoyed it despite the hill! Fantastic scenery for this run makes it very special. Managed to get round in under 2hrs (thanks to Lee from Port Talbot for helping me round!)so well chuffed. All in all a really enjoyable run and a medal at the end was a nice touch. Looking foward to next years run :-) Date of review: May 22, 2011