In short: A great race which has outgrown itself. In full: Too many runners for the facilities. Car parking was a joke, arriving an hour before the start I was directed up a logging track only to meet a queue of cars trying to reverse back down! There were cars parked along all the surrounding roads , even across the race route. I must have missed the water station/goody bags though I was in early enough to get a T-shirt & bottle of water. That said I enjoyed the course again, signs were abundant and the increased numbers meant there was more support on the route. Date of review: December 31, 2012
In short: My toes have thawed out! In full: The uphills weren't as bad as expected but the descents with all the mud were treacherous. The tunnels were longer than expected and if the water had been much higher, I think they would have had to find a diversion. Only problems were parking, registration which delayed the start and running out of T-shirts although pre-entered athletes could send an e-mail to get one. A really challenging event but needs a few tweaks. Date of review: December 30, 2012
In short: great fun! In full: I turned up early and had no parking issues. However, the race has outgrown the facilities available and I saw several cars stuck in mud and others who had to park miles away. Apart from that though it was a great fun race. Exceptionally muddy after all the rain and the river crossings throughout the tunnels were more challenging than they might have otherwise been. If I'd been able to take in the scenery instead of watching my step everywhere I know I'd be raving about that but today it was just a real fun watery slog!!! Date of review: December 30, 2012
In short: Muddy Fun Run but organisation a bit lacking In full: Poor communications (or none) ahead of the race and organisers caught out by the numbers who turned up so parking was difficult. Nevertheless it was a great fun and very muddy race. I will be back. I did not see the water station at 5km but personally did not need it. Overall - something in this race for everybody in this race -as long as they like mud. Date of review: December 30, 2012
In short: Deserves to be a lot more popular, great start to 2012 In full: Great hidden gem of a race.
Race was very low key, but very efficient at the same time. No fault of the organizers but the toilets at the start were shut, however they directed us to the nearest toilets (which fortunately were open!)and we managed to get back in time for the start, so thumbs up for that.
I ran on the back of getting over festive flu and so took it nice and steady at the back (apologies to the poor runners around me for my constant coughing!) Seven hills over seven miles, first few were tough, the latter ones, had I been at full fitness were pretty runnable. Very muddy due to the recent rain, so very slippy in places and did see one poor lady lose a shoe. However, the hidden 'treat' came at just over halfway when a very friendly marshal directed us with a big grin down into the icy thigh high water and through a tunnel to cross under the road, this was repeated again just before the end, very soggy cold feet, but at least my trainers were nice and clean to get back in the car!
Great marshaling, thanks guys, great organisation, and despite not having my own dog to run with thought it was a really nice touch to have the Cani event start 15 mins before the lone 2 legged competitors.
Great start to 2012, only 1 quibble would have loved a medal rather than the earphone memento (interesting choice given the majority of races claim to ban MP3's!??!) would have been the icing on the cake! Big thumbs up, will definitely be back next year. Date of review: January 2, 2012
In short: An excellent well marked course, friendly and efficient organisation. In full: I really enjoyed this run. The course is excellent with seven challenging hills but not ridiculously hard.I even quite liked wading through the rivers in the tunnels although it was a bit cold on the feet! Deserves to have a bigger number of entrants. Date of review: January 2, 2012