In short: New Runner questions existence of God in ploughed field.... In full: The thing I noticed most about this race, my first ever x-country, was how often you noticed a country church, just as your feet were sinking shin deep into a ploughed field.
Divine intervention didn't help me finish this race, but the encouragement and humour of the wonderful Worthing Striders marshals definitely did.
A year ago, with no races under my expanding belt, and no interest in running any, if You had told me that I'd be lining up at a race that STARTS with a 1k climb, in 1 degree centigrade, wearing tights, the day after all the snow in Sussex had melted on this particular course, AND that I'd love every second of the much closer to 2 hours than 1 hour it took me to run, well I'd have called you crazy.
Last night, before i settled into 90 minutes of deep sleep before my aching 'muscles' woke me up i kept seeing flashes of coloured lycra in front of my eyes. This morning, no joke, I am suffering from 'Angmering Park tree root withdrawal symptoms'. This evening I have entered a race called the Steyning Stinger Half without knowing a damn thing about it.
Worthing Striders, marshals, volunteers, Police and most of all -you kids with chocolates - Thank You for an unforgettable day.
See you next time. Date of review: December 6, 2010
In short: Mud Glorious Mud In full: This was my second outing at the DPW and it certainly didn't disappoint. Mud and lots of it made it a great race. Marshals were brilliant as were the post race refreshments. Will definitely be back for more in 2011. Date of review: December 5, 2010
In short: mud , mud and more mud In full: I have been looking forward to running this race .Excellent marshalls and support. Lots of mud and even more mud. I'll be back next year x Date of review: December 5, 2010
In short: Mud Mud Mud In full: I entered this race on the day as an alternative to my long run. The course was very muddy but added to my enjoyment of the race. The marshalling and signage on the course was superb. The organisation was excellent. Would have preferred a medal to another mug but my preference. I will be back for more next year. Well done Worthing Striders for putting on another successful race. Date of review: December 5, 2010
In short: Fantastic mud bath as ever!! In full: Still my favourite race of the year. Proper x country. Really friendly event, happy marshalls and mud galore!!! Perfect... if you don't like mud and puddles this is not the race for you. Date of review: December 6, 2009
In short: mud , mud and more mud ! In full: a great if not tough race , very well organised and my thanks to the many marshals . heavy rain prior to the start made the course even tougher but the clear sky and sunshine that was trying to breakthrough made it an enjoyable run . Date of review: December 6, 2009
In short: More of a walk than a run In full: Sorry to be a dissenting voice to all these positive comments but with the amount of mud in 2009 this was actually quite a boring morning withmore walking than running. Great organisation, very friendly atmosphere and lovely scenery but really and truly, how many slippery cabbage fields can you walk through on a Sunday morning? If you like sliding about in mud and wading through ankle deep puddles perhaps it's for you but I found it tedious. Maybe I'm just a softie road runner! Date of review: December 6, 2009
In short: A great, "proper" X-country race In full: Mud, hills, mud, great scenery, and more slippery mud. Well organised and very friendly. Great range of mementos. All on a glorious winter's morning. Date of review: December 11, 2008
In short: Muddy! Really sunny. In full: Lovely weather. So bright you couldn't see the ground as the sun was shining on the frost/water. Really very muddy. Not too hilly. Excellent organisation. Thoroughly enjoyable! Date of review: December 9, 2008