In short: Friendly mid-week race In full: Good organisation, a pretty tough course on the forest trails with lots of short, sharp hills. A nice descent at the end. Plenty of parking at the Lookout, a goody bag with a mars bar, a souvenir and water. Overall a good value race. Will be back next year Date of review: June 16, 2011
In short: Fun midweek sport special In full: This is a well organised, friendly race which makes good use of the splendid surroundings of Swinley Forest. This years course seemed a bit more hilly than previous years, but was none the less great fun. Entered on the day which was very smooth and had plenty of time to make my way to the start. Nice supportive atmosphere amongst the runners. would certainly come again Date of review: June 16, 2011
In short: Lovely local trail run through the woods at the Lookout. In full: Another brilliant run in the Lookout woods, which never disappoints. This year slightly damper under foot which made parts of the course a little easier whereas last year may have been more sandy. Always plenty of parking and always well signposted around the course, makes you think they may have done this before. ;-) Will be back again next year for more of the same. Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: Excellent Challenging scenic route In full: What can I say - fantastic race. Just completed the 2011 race and set a new PB for 5 miles - not just for cross country but including flat ones too.
The route is actually quite hilly with some short tough hills to overcome. My Garmin shows the first 3/4 mile to be a gradual uphill slog and then some testing hills dotted throughout. The good bit is that the last mile is almost all down hill, resulting in a 7.39 laptime for mile 5, compared with a modest 8.21 for mile 1.
The reason for my PB is purely down to being spurred on and challenged most of the way by an extremely attractive blonde in a blue top with a very nice bottom (sorry, un PC I know) who unfortunately turned her ankle over with about 1 mile to go. Hope you are ok and thanks for helping me set my PB!
Overall fantastic race with great organisation (I entered as a late entry with no fuss and the efficiency of a well oiled german efficient thing). Thanks again, I will be back next year! Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: a great forest 5miler trail run In full: 5 miles of trial run fun through swinley forest. 1st half surprising flat, 2nd half nice and undulating. great fun. well marshalled and organised. will be back again next year Date of review: July 1, 2010
In short: A healthy charge through the forest. In full: I really enjoyed myself this year. Niggle-free and raring to go we all set off, then had to walk for a few seconds across the start line, then it was a bit of a battle to get through the traffic at the back. It was a very large field of runners in deed, but I was soon up with some of my fellow Sandhurst Joggers, of which there seemed to bit a great many, which was nice to see.
I found the course really challenging, with the hills and tight turns, but loved every minute of it and managed to record a great time for me, so one for the diary next year. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 21, 2010