In short: Loved it! In full: Well organised, encouraging marshals, plenty of mud, water and hills, wide level of abilities not just for the elite crowd. Definitely on the list for next year. Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Excellent First Race For Anyone Wanting to Take Up Trail Running In full: Ran this race for the first time in 2016. Firstly having the race so close to Christmas has put me off a little during previous years, however I thought I'd give it a go. One important point to make about this race, is that it is a mixed ability race, there are plenty of slow runners taking part as well as fast ones, so don't worry about being left alone to run with the tail marshals! The chances are you're more likely to be running with a group of other runners. Firstly, the part I dread when running a race - car parking. Most races I've done there never is enough parking spaces, however this one the villagers helped us out, by giving us additional parking spaces around the village, for example one person let us park on his drive! Imagine someone allowing this for a big city race! At the start of the race there is a village hall to keep warm until the race starts. Also there is a baggage area, where when you return you bag is handed back to you the moment you walk up to it. Plenty of toilets on site too. Nice mile warm up route down a lane to the first hill, and after a climb, you're heading into a gully filled with mud, which becomes a stream further down. Half way round there is a hill which you need to use your hands as well as your feet to climb, I found it's worth working together as a team for this section. After reaching the top, watch out for the rabbit holes! Heading down, it's a case of sliding, with a nice pool at the bottom to clean the mud off your shoes. Plenty more mud to come after this, plus the gully again, with the final mile a run around a few fields to the finish line. Afterwards, into the Village Hall where the villagers have made a huge variety of home made cakes, which you can purchase with a cup of tea or coffee, and if you're a slow runner, don't worry, there will be plenty left for you. All in all, an excellent race, some nice scenery, well worth taking a waterproof camera if you have one, or simply purchase your photos from official race photographer Charles Whitton Photography. Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Loved this race. Hard going, tough hills, fantastic atmosphere. In full: Really good organisation, very friendly. Beautiful course if you can lift your head from working out the best course through the mud for your feet! Date of review: January 10, 2016
In short: Excellent race, would highly recommend it. In full: The organiser is an absolute star. Great race, well organised and friendly people to race against. The ginger cake at the end was FANTASTIC. Date of review: January 20, 2015
In short: If you only enter one event a year - make it this one. In full: This is my favourite event of the year. Brilliantly organised by Steve. The mud & hills are a real leveller. Nice medal, friendly atmosphere, great cakes to re-fuel on & cheap to enter.
On a personal level, I'm able to keep up with a lot of the normally 'gazelle' like road runners on this course.
You get a real sense of achievement when you cross the finish line of this lovely scenic course, which is very challenging to say the least.
Looking forward to next years race. Date of review: January 13, 2015
In short: Stunning scenery, friendly marshals, brilliant fun! In full: This is a must do race. Very well organised by friendly, smiling marshals. The stunning scenery takes your mind off the pain of the steep hills! The other runners were chatty and we helped one another round. Cakes at the end were delicious and very reasonably priced. Would thoroughly recommend this race. Prepare to get very muddy! Date of review: January 13, 2015
In short: Lung-busting hill climbs and slippy descents In full: What a fantastic, fun event. The chap doing the race briefing was a hoot; the marshals were plentiful, friendly and encouraging; views were stunning; steep hills with some slippery muddy tracks and some amusing signs all made for a very enjoyable challenge. Great to be allowed into the village hall for tea and cake still wearing our very muddy shoes. Date of review: January 12, 2015