In short: Muddy !!! In full: This was probably not the best ace for my first 10k! After A month of awful weather I really struggled in the mud.. But loved the trail bits and can see it would be gorgeous if not like a swamp.. Will definitely try again though Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: Mud glorious mud In full: There was a small problem with the signage as they didn't alter it once the 1st car park was full so people were having to turn around to go back to the main car park. Just a minor problem really...
It was well organised and the 'race village' was good. It's most definitely family friendly. Marshalls were good but their wasn't much crowd support en route.
Some of the hills were extra challenging this year due to the mud caused by 3 weeks of rubbish weather.
I enjoyed it an may do it next year - it's a bit of a hike from Brighton though...
In short: outstanding venue, very well organised, we'll be back next year! In full: from our normal road running to a very muddy trail route - and water logged grass - throughly enjoyed it, we'll be back next year, but our forte is def roads! every race claire and i are doing this year is for our charity - pilgrims hospices in kent, if you would like to help please visit www.justgiving.com/clairerob thank you! Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Well organised and enjoyable, a good wide trail most of the way, nice goody bag. Negatives were parking (the traffic queues to get in almost made me miss my start) and the annoying form we had to sign before registering. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Nice course In full: Varry friendly, Nice course and well marshalled. However, parking was a nightmare took me 40 minutes to queue and park and missed my start time. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Mucking about in the forest...fast, fun and friendly In full: The trailblazer is a great event that's very well managed. The trail is wide and the wave format makes bottleknecks a thing of the past. Don't expect a 10k PB due to some long but fairly gentle hills but do count on enjoying the peace and tranquillity of a fully fledged race. I've entered over 30 'races' in the past year (5k to marathon) yet this was the first time I've ever felt like I was battling for position. Dodging the softer footing removed any chance of monotony and made this a mental challenge along with the physical. More photographers next time? Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Once again, brilliant fun! In full: As a local this is a forest I know well. Enjoyed the course and, as one of the slower ones really appreciated the encouragement. The starting in waves is a good idea although by the time the waves for the slower people have started the whole day has gone. The organisation was excellent and the start is made to be fun. This is the third Rat Race event I have done ( including the much missed this year Green Belter) . Yes it is a race but it is made to be fun for those who may not be the fast. The technical tee is very useful, very chunky medal and well stocked goody bag. The only thing is that I see from the trusts That 40% of the finishers were women.... Not sure I can really use the shaving cream! You do women's tee shirts ( although they are very short I had to have a man's) why not a women's goody bag? Or better still a unisex one!!