In short: Friendly, cheerful, scenic and challenging - a lovely all round package In full: This was my first cross country run over this distance since school so I felt a bit daunted but was encouraged by my cousin to take part.
It felt very relaxed from the start, with friendly volunteers and enthusiastic participants.
We were lucky to have beautiful weather which ensured that the course remained dry and provided a beautiful backdrop.
Taking in shaded and wooded tracks, a couple of really challenging climbs and a second descent through a wooded path wide enough for only one person to fit through, it was nevertheless a real pleasure to tackle.
Pretty much the entirety of my running has been done on solid ground and on the flat so this was a real eye opener for me, an opportunity to challenge myself over a familiar distance but a completely unfamiliar terrain - so take my review with a pinch of salt if you're an experienced trail runner. That said, everyone was very friendly and encouraging, the course was well signposted and the environs were really stunning. Definitely recommended. Date of review: July 1, 2013
In full: Was my first time doing this race and really enjoyed it. Really low key and beautiful scenery in the glorious Chiltern countryside. Only downside was two gigantic hills (probably about 0.8 miles long each). Painful! Also, it would be good if the organisers could get the results sorted quicker. Only a small entry so it's a bit poor having to wait more than24 hours. Date of review: July 1, 2013
In short: Great race, well organised, good route In full: Ran this race in June and it was the same route in Dec, but oh so different to to run it! Think both are great local races. The numbers have increased from June to Dec, but not too many people. A couple of steep hills in there, but the descents are great. So cheap in comparison to other races. I'll be back for both races next year! Date of review: December 4, 2012
In short: So nice to do an event like this - no timing chips, medals or any other nonsense. Just a friendly run for a fiver, great scenery, and fantastic run (if you like big hills!). Rivals races costing six times as much Date of review: December 2, 2012