In short: Far too easy. In full: I'm not one to be interested in goody bags, so the fact that there wasn't one didn't bother me. However, even considering the fact that the organisers understandably prevented us going through shin-splinteringly thick ice, the course was appallingly easy. It was an eyeballs-out dash along 20ft wide sandy vehicle tracks. It was also way short of eight miles. I got the impression that organisers just 'chopped out' the dodgy bits of the course and thought that would do. Why did they not mark a route through the wonderful woodland, (often used for orienteering), instead of using the mind-numbingly boring sandy track all the time ? Two hours work with a load of hazard tape would have done it. The "London Weekend Warriors" might have enjoyed it and thought it 'tough' but if you're a 'dyed-in-the-wool off-road runner, you'd want your money back ! Thank god for the Long Mynd Valley Fell race the next day. A real 'man's' race. Yes, it had all the peripheral stuff - bar, burgers, changing tent etc, but for god's sake give us a good course ! Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Not very challenging. A bit expensive and no goody bag In full: First thing, first - well done to the prganizers for not cancelling as a result of the weather.
Started off badly though when I walked all the way to the start only to be told by the marshall I needed my number (which I left in the car) to collect my running chip. Surely they have a starting list!!
I appreciate the cold weather meant that the course had to be changed and there was no water because of the ice - but instead of shortening the course, I would have preferred if it was lengthed to make up for the lack og cold water, bogs, etc.
Very pricey when you consider no goody bag either.
A bit disappointed, but I will be back next year Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Have I just been conned? In full: I have taken part in the Grim & the Beast so knew this would be pricey but come on! What did I get for £25? Expected: Ghouls and zombies in the woods scaring the willies out of me. Got: A CD on a loop in some parts of the race. Expected: A challenging course. Got: a nice jog. Expected: A quality T-shirt. Got: A T-shirt which is too small and I'll never wear (we've run out of large). Expected: A goody bag. Got: Water.
As ever, well organised and I'll accept it would have been muddier/better if the weather had not been so bad but "A Night Terror"? I think trade descriptions might want to look into this! Well done to the marshal in the clown mask - you were the only one to make an effort. COULD BE SO MUCH BETTER. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Well, they got the Night bit right, but not the Grim or Terror parts. In full: I was expecting a serious challenge, not a gentle potter along a wide dirt track in the dark. If it hadn't been icy and snowy, this race would have been rather dull. I hope they ramp it up for next year, because this one didn't live up to the Grim name at all. Date of review: February 4, 2012
In short: Cold, muddy and challening but a whole lot fun In full: What better way to spend a Sunday morning than wading through a muddy bog, taking on an Alpine zone and splashing through some fairly monstrous puddles?
In its favour, this race is really well run with a fun atmosophere I haven't sampled anywhere else. The course is tough in places – the aforementioned bog under the first camo net is particularly hard work – but much of the rest of the course can be made easier by skirting the more menacing puddles.
My only slight criticism (and this is aimed more at some runners than the organisers) is that far too many people pushed their way to the front at the start only to start walking a few hundred metres in. This wasn't a race for PB-seekers, but it was annoying to spend the mile or so zig-zagging past slower runners.
In short: Good (un)clean fun In full: Great fun - you can pick and choose how many puddles you want to splash in and how long you spend in the mud - we got stuck right in and came near the back of the field but had a whale of a time in our group of eleven.
Personal opinion - don't get hung up on time of finishing positions, just go for a laugh and you'll get a lot more out of it. Date of review: December 8, 2011