In short: Glorious Mud! In full: Having only cycled round the route in the summer, the mud took me by surprise! Still, route was fun, and with a few good hills to spice it up! Marshalls were excellent, in particular the really jovial guy in the last half mile! Well organised, great scenery, good fueling stations and even the drizzle stopped eventually! All in all a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Great fun, wonderful course, well organised. In full: I did the half marathon and I have to say that I enjoyed every minute of it. The muddy nature of the trail demanded good concentration in order to pick the fastest way through and there were a few decent hills to spice things up. It was a well organised event and I would definitely do it again. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Mud glorious mud! In full: First Bewl water marathon but third marathon in 5 weeks! Went in completely open minded and didn't care about time! Had been told it was tough by a few people but apart from the concentrating on not slipping over and the hill at mile 12/24 thought it was very pleasent!
I think I ran from mile 19 - 22 without seeing anyone and did start thinking some git had changed the signs around! Nice downhill finish and even got offered a half eaten cheese and pickle sandwich by one of the Marshall!
Will defiantly be back next year! Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: I did the half-marathon. It was wet and windy, and muddy, but not deep mud so wasn't a serious problem. Organisation was excellent as were the facilities at the start. In full: Very good trail event with well-positioned and well-stocked aid stations. Because of the wind, anyone not on the front row couldn't hear the pre-race briefing, but it didn't seem to matter. Civilised start time (10am) for the half-marathon. Good parking and facilities at Bewl Water. Overall excellent race. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Very hard work, but incredibly satisfying, great people! In full: My first marathon in 15 years, probably not the best starting point, but I do like a challenge.. the event was run really well and the route was clearly marked with fully stocked drinks stations. As a newbie I was made welcome so don't think this run is just for club runners! if you like running and don't mind rough muddy terrain this one is an absolute beauty! Thanks to all that organised it... Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Definately a challenge. In full: I did the half marathon. The course was 3/4 muddy tracks along side the lake, constant concentration needed to pick the best route though the mud. The other 1/4 was on roads, with some reasonable climbs. There wasn't much chance to enjoy the views as you had to keep your eyes on the paths, but on a dry day they would be great.
Not everyone will enjoy this sort of race, but I did. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: None but the brave In full: First bewl marathon, very quiet after London. Very challenging. Plenty of rain, plenty of mud, hills, spills and loneliness. Just leave your brain at race hq . What a mad bad very naughty marathon. Just a crazy Saturday run but great fun the rain definitely added another dimension to the course. Date of review: May 10, 2014
In short: Great organisation - lovely scenery - perfect day... In full: I did the half as I had a lot of other things to do Saturday and entered last-minute. Weather was perfect, the ground firm but dry and the marshalls very positive and encouraging. After the noise and heat of the VLM it felt wonderful to be out in the country in very pretty surroundings. The aid stations were great and I'd certainly do the full 26.2 next year. Put a smile back on my face and credit must go to Dave of Hermes for ensuring that it was so friendly and nothing too much trouble. 10/10 ! Date of review: May 19, 2013