In full: extremely tough race in the heat expensive but worth it for the freebies and extras great for families,never going to be a fast course with the hills and trails but one to enjoy if it wasnt so hot!!! Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Great location, perfect for all the family In full: Hot, hot, hot! More up and down than I envisaged from other reviews, but the downs didn't seem to equal the ups even though they would've given the start/finish location.
Good organisation, I think that the organisers could have reacted to the hot conditions and added another water stop as half a plastic cup of water really wasn't sufficient, even with adequate hydration before hand. Thanks RW for the freebies. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Well organised, good first trail run In full: Organisation was fantastic, the marshalls cheerful and encouraging which was a helpful bonus. Loved the goody bag and freebies available. The only thing that spoilt it for me was was the organisers couldn't control, the heat. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Beautiful run, great goodies! In full: The organization of this event was fab; the goody bag was the best I've ever had and the never ending supply of freebies were greatly received. I loved the sheltered bar area where family could wait for the finishers, and the catering was very good. The race itself was hot as hell, which made it pretty tricky up those steep sections of which there were a few. It was a bit of shame that there weren't bottles of water at the halfway mark, as it forced me to slow considerably in the second half to avoid the dreaded heatstroke. Running with a cup of tepid water didn't really help! The route was beautiful, incredibly scenic and fairly challenging. No PB's in the heat, but it was worth it for a glorious day out. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Lovely race In full: The only thing wrong with this race was the only thing the organisers could do nothing about - the heat!! Credit to the marshals, who must have been roasting, but still managed to be happy, friendly and encouraging to hoardes of hot runners. Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Best Race I've ever done- hats of to Organizers In full: Quite simply brilliant, yes very hot I started in wave 8 which started at 12.45. Bit hilly but what you'd expect from a trail race, everything was excellent from parking, toilets, registration, marshalls, the route itself, the medal, the goody bag and a free sports massage at the end. what more could you ask for. feel free to check out my full review on my blog http://marathonmorris.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/trailblazer-10k-forest-of-dean.html Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Well organised fun event - just a shame it was so hot! In full: Really enjoyed this event even though there was no chance of a PB in the heat. I noticed a lot of people were adopting a walk in the sun/run in the shade stratgy once we hit the hills!
My only mild criticism would be that it wasn't made clear that the water station would have cups of water only. I was fine as I ran with my bottle which the marshall topped up for me. Others didn't run with a bottle thinking they could pick one up at the water station which meant they had to complete the second half of the race in the extreme heat without any water at all.
I will definitely do this event again next year. Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Best organised race I've entered to date. In full: This was my first trail race although I've done plenty of 10k's and half marathons before this was a great event a glorious day in fact too hot to be running good job I decided to take a bottle of water from the start without it I would have struggled like a number of other runners I saw out on the course but that maybe to do with the up hill sections which there seemed to be a lot of but thats what I would expect from trail running. Overall it was the best event I've entered smooth access for parking registration was easy all staff at the event were so warm and helpful and informed the village was very good plenty of freebies and the T-shirt and goody bag was the best I've ever had so many people going on that this event is expensive I am happy to pay extra for a great event that puts the runners first and makes the whole experience fun and happy I'll be back for more and hat's off to runners world, rat race and saucony Date of review: May 26, 2012
In short: Plenty of free parking on site, no queues to register, great facilities for runners and spectators, the best freebies I've seen so far. Aid station had chilled water! Course was lovely, shame it was so hot when wave 8 started though! Date of review: May 26, 2012