In short: freakin' A In full: For somebody from a county so flat that it makes a snooker table jealous, this was such made a great change. Gorgeous scenery and camaraderie. The hills were testing, but not awful. Made me realise just how much I prefer trail to road. Also helped me realise where I need to do more work on running technique and race strategy. Niggled an old hamstring injury, but minor detail. It was worth it for the experience. Thanks to all involved. p.s. More jelly babies next year, please :) Date of review: August 19, 2013
In short: A nice event showcasing some glorious Derbyshire countryside In full: I decided to do this fairly last minute as part of marathon training and it is certainly at least the equivalent of a 20 mile training run.
Lots of hills as advertised but a good mix of trails, fields, roads and woodland tracks to keep you interested. Marshalls were very good and thanks to the chap on a motorbike who gave me a bottle of water with 2 miles to go!
However, there are one or two things that would make this a fair bit better. Mainly, it was a disappointing anti-climax when you cross the line - no `well done` and no sign of the t-shirt or even any water (You have to go into the club-house to request these!). There are no distance markers and the marshalls that I asked didn`t know how far was left either. I asked a local club runner too and his knowledge later turned out to be wrong! The other thing was the start and finish which encompasses an industrial estate and a sewage works but I guess these must be unavoidable -? Lots of bottle necks early on, which I later realised was the reason the field tore off at the start so swiftly!
A tough challenge and maybe I`ll return to see if I can sneak under the 3 hours (very close today!). Date of review: August 18, 2013
In short: Just about as tough as they come but hugely enjoyable In full: This was my 3rd attempt at the Rugby Rover and I think the course is now winning 2:1! I knew what to expect but what with the temperature and the humidity it made it one tough day. The hills were as expected and it was great that the kissing gate at the start had "mysteriously" been removed this year. So no immediate bottle necks. Still a great race even with the mud, cows, hills, heat and humidity. Think I will have to put a bit more work in next year but I will be back!! Date of review: August 22, 2012
In short: It really hurts ... In full: Very challenging but great fun and worth every bit of pain. Take the time to look around you and remember why you go running. Makes an excellent training run for autumn marathons too. Very friendly and plenty of marshals Date of review: August 21, 2012
In full: Excellent event, great value, i managed to shuffle over the finish line, hurting in places i didn't know you could hurt, but will definately be back next year, if i've recovered. Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Great off road event In full: Great day out as allways my 10th one. Use it as training for Snowdon marathon, its a race to enjoy running,dont be bothered by the odd queue at stiles ect its not that sort of race, I do plenty off fell/trail racing in the peak as far as course marking goes this is right up there no chance of getting lost, In that respect could be a good intro for those thinking off doing some longer distance fell racing, Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: Great atmosphere and scenery - and one of the hardest races I have done In full: Second time around this year. Still came in the last handful of people, but might have to do it again next year! Love the anniversary t-shirt. Very supportive and friendly marshals encouraging us round. Lovely countryside and views. Date of review: August 20, 2012