In short: Hard work but fun In full: Nice run - makes a difference from pounding the roads. I found the course hard though. Mile and a half straight down hill followed by the next 4 miles or so back up according to my Garmin. Would like to try it again knowing what was in-store. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: great race in a lovely location In full: Race was well organised and located in a lovely location. Great forest tracks and makes a great change from road half marathons. Nice to enter a half marathon that has great atmosphere but still felt like quite a small homely event. Even managed a PB even with having to stop on the road crossing :-) Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: Just brilliant. In full: A really great race. Top organisation and a really friendly crowd. The course has some challenging sections but they are generally short and there are some lovely long downhill bits to make up for them. Highly recommended. Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: A race others should aspire to put on and run at least once in a lifetime In full: A fabulous venue made even better by perfect spring weather. A playful course with lightning descents and good climbing. Great touches as well. Whilst everybody gets a medal the first 50 over the line also get a special wicking t-shirt. Makes you feel like you have won a prize. A true bargin on entrance fee not sure how they do it. Everyone had a smile on their face when they finished. Well supported as well given where some of the trails were. A brilliant and memorable day. Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: Great atmosphere, awesome scenery and a good challenge In full: My third organised trail run....first trail half marathon and it exceeded my expectations. Was a challenging course but not so challenging that I couldn't top my PB. Always hard to go back to boring roads after a race like this. Will make this one part of the annual race calendar for sure. Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: Fab Race, loved it! :-) In full: Best Half Marathon done so Far, off road runs so much better than road races, scenery glorious, the reason I love to run off road. Organisation fantastic, friendly, def recommend this race! tough terrain, first few miles downhill, then rest of run undulating & hilly challenging but if its not challenging then not worth doing!! Well done FOD :-) Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: The FOD is a much nicer place to run than the road. In full: Very well organised and great event base with plenty of loos, close parking and a party-like atmosphere at the end. Loved it. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: A wonderful run but get some hill training in beforehand In full: A stonking half marathon. Superbly organised in a beautiful setting. I loved it. If there is one criticism is that the pens seemed to be a bit generous 1:55-2:15+ covers a huge number of runners and could mean a difference of more than a minute and a half per mile between the fastest in the pen and the not so fast. But I'm being petty. It was a brilliant race and I loved it. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Excellent race, very well organised and awesome setting In full: I can't fault this race. The organisation is ultra efficient and very friendly. The course is beautiful and atmosphere is great.
All I would say is don't underestimate it, I run a fair bit but a few of the hills are challenging and I do ache in new places 24 hours later, so it's worth training for! If you are aiming for a PB, head for the front at the start, the trails are narrow in places and a lot of slower runners weren't really in the right pens, leading to congestion.
As this becomes more popular year on year, it will get more crowded so maybe not a PB course, BUT in future years I will be back and wil treat it as a chilled run in the Forest and enjoy the scenery and atmosphere and leave the PB's for road races :-) Date of review: April 2, 2012