In short: This time I brought friends and more money! In full: The route was way stickier than last year and mile 9 through the Somme-like mud could finish a less greedy person but my eye was on the main prize CAKE! Whoever made the lemon curd-filled victoria sponge was a genius and the fruit cake was scrumptious too! I brought along a couple of friends who loved it and now know that I am not exaggerating the hills and the hospitality. Whilst in the loo queue - long, chatty and preferable to waiting out in the wind - I noticed that the Milton Lilbourne WI is closing - this is a travesty and cannot happen! The village will starve and who will take such good care of us next year? Once again a fantastic race - worth hauling over from Bristol on a soggy Sunday and I had genuinely forgotten just how tough it is - Vale of Pewsey runners you just get better! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: This is a race that really hits the spot, in fact it hits all the spots then some more In full: If your key event is a ten and a bit mile, very hilly, very muddy race in Wiltshire then this is an ideal race for a PB otherwise forget it!
This was the first time that I run this race and I love it. Even the climb up the vertical wall of mud was fun although the way back down was precarious to say the least. The race was well marshalled with lots of encouragement all round the course. I was even told that I was an ‘inspiration’ by one of the marshals (bet he says that to all the runners!) near the finish. The rendition of happy birthday at the start was a nice touch Overall this was one of those great events that stand out from the crowd! I’ll definitely be doing again.
In short: 1900 Feet of Climbing and Some of the Vertical, Plus Exilerating Decents In full: My second year and despite a bad cold just had to do it. No other race would have got me out of bed. This year brought trail shoes which are a distinct advantage. Lots of the route is thick in sticky mud. A reall hard one but what a race ! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: Three killer hills, muddy and slippery under foot but the reward is the magnificent views and the fun atmosphere. Forget about race times and position and enjoy! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: Another brilliant muddy challenge In full: It just gets better - or worse depending how you look at it! Enjoyed it even more than last year, probably because I knew what to expect! Minor probs with baggage and car parking but overcome with good humour by all. Well marked course with lovely supportive marshalls. And the cakes - what can I say? See you next year. Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: Should be renamed TOUGH and TUMBLE In full: Great fun. Very hard and the mud acted like suction pads. Glad it didn't rain. Nice touch with the changing tents, complete with chairs - beats trying to balance on one leg to change! Would have been nice for everyone to get a finishing time (appears only the first 240 were clocked) and there was a bit of a panic when booking your bag in - the organisers got the idea around 10.55 with an 11.00 start - hand out the bag stickers to those in the queue rather than wait for them to get to the desk. However, other than that it was a really well run event - nice touch at the start to sing Happy Birthday. Marshalls were generous with their support all round the course. Cakes were lovely at the end especially the bread pudding! Date of review: January 16, 2006
In short: Cakes! In full: As everyone has said fantastic cakes. Would have loved a claen t-shirt to put on at the end of the race! Amazing how social everyone becomes when you are faced with giant hills that you need to crawl up! Date of review: January 16, 2006