In short: Superb but TAXING In full: A great race in some cracking surroundings, this year was a bit slippy underfoot owing to overnight frost, the course takes in some great country roads and tracks. However it then deviates onto what can only be described as some serious trails.
Having not done it before I was a touch concerned when on the shuttle bus a couple said "Straight for the 10 miler, that's brave!" Now I know what they mean! Don't wear your tidy white trainers to this because no matter how much you prance you will get covered in mud! Oh and how could I forget, at 1.5 miles you've got the choice of Forde or not to Forde! I went through it and quite frankly the squelencing trainers made no difference as in parts you were ankle deep in muddy water anyway! The Marshall's are super and encouraging and despite being out in the country the odd household pops out to support you. The 10 mile race is a full on exposure to trail/cross country, the 10k would be perfect for someone to experience this type of race for the first time however don't expect a distance PB if you do, you're not trying hard enough on road races!
The only minor moan and it is minor, there's not a lot at the start finish area however this is a growing young race that'll come with time. One superb aspect was the park and ride facility from a local hotel. I did fear I'd be waiting for ages to catch the bus back after the race however I was wrong, the service was fast and efficient.
I will be doing this again but feel perhaps I shouldn't be telling people about it as currently it's a bit of a hidden gem. A massive thumbs up to the race organisers and his/her team you all made the day a very worth while event.
In short: A great race in beautiful scenery In full: Didn't win my age category this time, but still had a great time. Less mud/flooded fields than last year, but black ice on the roads added to the challenge. Saw deer and alpaca. Good organisation, friendly encouraging marshals. It really is a fun race in beautiful countryside. Thank you. Date of review: December 29, 2013
In short: Squelchtastic! In full: Fab little race, I did the 10 miler and it was extremely hard work but great fun. Skating round the ruins was hilarious. Mince pies after a race tasted soooo good! Next year maybe a couple more loos at the start if possible and ask the weather gods to water the course well again! As good as a race in the bleak midwinter gets. Date of review: June 7, 2013
In short: A fantastic experience, well organised, friendly and a lovely route. In full: A boggy race due to the weather recently, but the event was excellent. Lots of nice additional touches such as a medal with my name on, being able to print my finish time straight away, mince pies, mulled wine..... Date of review: January 3, 2013
In short: Fantastic MUD FEST!!!! In full: A well organised race from start to finish..loved every minute of this totally and utterly challenging out and out mud fest!! will deffo be entering again!! nice touch with the mulled wine and mince pies at the end!! Thankyou! Date of review: January 2, 2013
In short: Fantastic morning of pain! In full: It was a great way of shaking the Christmas festivities off. It was without exception the muddiest and water soaked runs I have ever completed but somehow that added to it ;-). There are only a couple of areas of road to run on and the majority of the run was in a field or tree covered areas. The last few miles were tough as my thighs where on fire ;-) so make sure you save a little for the end. It is a run I will do again as the organisers are a friendly bunch and I did have my fair share of Mulled Wine at the end. Great event a yafta do it! Date of review: January 1, 2013
In short: Seriously muddy and seriously good. In full: I loved this. I loved the special 4x4 parking area, easy number pick up and chip timing. I loved the medal and the mulled wine! The wet weather in the build up made some of the going fairly extreme, and the last mile or two were brutal, but it was a brilliant course, especially running around the Roman walls. I'll be back next year. Date of review: December 31, 2012