In short: Having taken part in this event before, I knew what I was in for! I found it more difficult this year, though this was due to lack of training!! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will certainly be back next year!! I Date of review: June 20, 2009
In short: excellent to spend a friday night In full: very well organised race, plenty of vocal marshalls. a well planned interesting route a couple of bottlenecks early on but everyone took them in good spirit. Well done to the organisers, see you next year Date of review: June 20, 2009
In short: Still a favourite In full: This was my second time at the Bolt and like the first time I really enjoyed the race; it has a really good atmosphere. The finish is really good and you can hear the spectators cheering before you get back to the finish area. Date of review: June 20, 2009
In short: Very enjoyable In full: Great race, very well organised and marshalled, excellent atmosphere. Looking forward to next year. Thanks to all involved, especially those who cut down all the long grass and nettles - it was almost a jungle in places before the event! Date of review: June 20, 2009
In full: Great race because the terrain is quite challenging, the scenery was pretty good & the people were great. However the bottleneck as we left the field at the start & queued at the first stile was infuriating! Most of the course is single track so it's very difficlt to overtake. Lesson learnt for next time - make sure you place yourself near the front of the pack at the start otherwise you'll get stuck at the back. Otherwise a superb event with a good mixture of runners. I drove up with my family from Somerset & they loved it too (although my husband gave my a lot of flack for not running it quicker - bloody cheek)!! Date of review: June 20, 2009
In short: A great off road run, challenging but not the toughest In full: Fantastic to have a run that all the family can be involved in on a friday evening. The run was enjoyable, fantastic scenery and not too many up hill sections although the sandy parts were tough especially the last 1.5 miles. Beautiful down hill section from 3 to 5 miles through woodland. Fantastic organisation and friendly atmosphere with many staying at the end to cheer home the remainding finishers. Date of review: June 20, 2009
In short: Have run all 3 Bolts so far, and will make it 4 next year. Excellent event! In full:
3 out of 3 at the Bolt for me, and once again this was an excellent event. Great village green setting with BBQ, beer tent, playground for the kids etc. Varied but not especially testing course, although tiring as much of it is on sandy tracks, with a few inclines to get the pulse up! Really well put together by the people of Blakedown, with help from Stourbridge RC.
In short: Different!! In full: First time doing this and didn't expect this. Good points Great family atmosphere Great organisation Poor points Single file running after 500m didn't help and was frustrating. Scenery looked fantastic but spent 70% of the race looking at the floor to ensure didn't twist ankle.