In short: Lives up to the name In full: Definitely the toughest 10 miles I've run, but what a fantastic event, the organisation was excellent including the bus from the hotel (which I was also worried about) The marshalls were brilliant, one said I had the cleanest legs so far :-) don't think that lasted long. The medal, mulled wine, Jaffa cakes and mince pie at the end are all great too. As for the course, its well challenging, never run in bog before, thankfully I got a really good start on the roads, so did a good time overall but that last mile to the finish was really hard going, but what a sense of achievement when you cross the line. Being only 3 months from my 50th I'll definitely be back next year to see if I can win the 50-59 category!!!!!!! Date of review: December 30, 2013
In short: Race of the Year! In full: Infectiously upbeat organisers, encouraging marshalls, glorious scenery, peaceful off-road route, Roman remains and an amazing medal. I also love the way your finish is announced over the Pa, a much appreciated personal touch.
Will be back for this again, my all time favourite race of the year! Date of review: December 29, 2013
In short: A must-do event to end the racing year. In full: I love this event; 2nd year doing the 10 miler for me, and I'm glad I'd forgotten some of it from last time! Certain sections are seriously tough, slogging through mud and water, but to be honest, that's what makes it such great fun.
Other race organisers in the area (I won't mention names) please take note. Great course, great medal, great atmosphere and great value with all that's thrown in. I was initially sceptical about having to park a mile or so away at a hotel, but I entered late in the day due to some dithering, but the shuttle bus was seamless and easy; good fun in itself!
I loved the friendly and now familiar My Sporting Times faces, and I can't wait until next time. Something tells me this'll be bigger again next time. Date of review: December 29, 2013
In short: Superb but TAXING In full: A great race in some cracking surroundings, this year was a bit slippy underfoot owing to overnight frost, the course takes in some great country roads and tracks. However it then deviates onto what can only be described as some serious trails.
Having not done it before I was a touch concerned when on the shuttle bus a couple said "Straight for the 10 miler, that's brave!" Now I know what they mean! Don't wear your tidy white trainers to this because no matter how much you prance you will get covered in mud! Oh and how could I forget, at 1.5 miles you've got the choice of Forde or not to Forde! I went through it and quite frankly the squelencing trainers made no difference as in parts you were ankle deep in muddy water anyway! The Marshall's are super and encouraging and despite being out in the country the odd household pops out to support you. The 10 mile race is a full on exposure to trail/cross country, the 10k would be perfect for someone to experience this type of race for the first time however don't expect a distance PB if you do, you're not trying hard enough on road races!
The only minor moan and it is minor, there's not a lot at the start finish area however this is a growing young race that'll come with time. One superb aspect was the park and ride facility from a local hotel. I did fear I'd be waiting for ages to catch the bus back after the race however I was wrong, the service was fast and efficient.
I will be doing this again but feel perhaps I shouldn't be telling people about it as currently it's a bit of a hidden gem. A massive thumbs up to the race organisers and his/her team you all made the day a very worth while event.
In short: A great race in beautiful scenery In full: Didn't win my age category this time, but still had a great time. Less mud/flooded fields than last year, but black ice on the roads added to the challenge. Saw deer and alpaca. Good organisation, friendly encouraging marshals. It really is a fun race in beautiful countryside. Thank you. Date of review: December 29, 2013
In short: Squelchtastic! In full: Fab little race, I did the 10 miler and it was extremely hard work but great fun. Skating round the ruins was hilarious. Mince pies after a race tasted soooo good! Next year maybe a couple more loos at the start if possible and ask the weather gods to water the course well again! As good as a race in the bleak midwinter gets. Date of review: June 7, 2013
In short: A fantastic experience, well organised, friendly and a lovely route. In full: A boggy race due to the weather recently, but the event was excellent. Lots of nice additional touches such as a medal with my name on, being able to print my finish time straight away, mince pies, mulled wine..... Date of review: January 3, 2013
In short: Fantastic MUD FEST!!!! In full: A well organised race from start to finish..loved every minute of this totally and utterly challenging out and out mud fest!! will deffo be entering again!! nice touch with the mulled wine and mince pies at the end!! Thankyou! Date of review: January 2, 2013
In short: Fantastic morning of pain! In full: It was a great way of shaking the Christmas festivities off. It was without exception the muddiest and water soaked runs I have ever completed but somehow that added to it ;-). There are only a couple of areas of road to run on and the majority of the run was in a field or tree covered areas. The last few miles were tough as my thighs where on fire ;-) so make sure you save a little for the end. It is a run I will do again as the organisers are a friendly bunch and I did have my fair share of Mulled Wine at the end. Great event a yafta do it! Date of review: January 1, 2013