In short: Very tough race - the last climb to Beacon Batch is a killer In full: Organisers need to watch the numbers. A record entry this year meant problems near the start, about 3 miles in, with people having to queue to get over styles. personally, I lost about 5 minutes as a result and missed a PB - very annoying! Date of review: October 13, 2010
In short: Tough route through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Looking forward to entering next year. In full: A challenging off-road 20K (officially 12.7 miles, but virtually a half marathon when factoring in the >400m of ascent), set in outstanding countryside. Most enjoyable race that I've competed in for years. Highly recommended. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Excellent trail run In full: Good route, all the hills are of the long slow drag variety rather than steep. Top homemade cakes at the finish. Thanks to the marshalls especially those in the wind on the top of Black Down. Nice fleece hat/neck warmer as a memento-makes a nice change from a T Shirt. Thanks Weston AC Date of review: October 10, 2010
In short: Grim weather but still one of the best X-country races of the year In full: Squidgy underfoot due to persistant cold mizzle this year, but superb bacon butties, fresh homemade cakes and great atmosphere more than made up for any pain - See you in 2010! Date of review: October 13, 2009
In short: Rain, mud, hills ... great. In full: Many thanks to Weston AC for organising such a great event, and to the hardy marshals who must have felt as weather beaten as the runners. Tough off road course with lots of variety underfoot to keep you concentrating.... and plenty of camaraderie to help keep you going up the hills.
In short: Misty, muddy, hilly..... and brilliant In full: So the mist descended in time for the race, the rain turned parts of the route to a quagmire and the paths into streams of mud. A tough introduction to the world of 'fell' running. Great camaraderie, excellent marshals and organisation. Loved every minute of it!!! Date of review: October 12, 2009