In short: Beautiful scenery, cruel hills! In full: A well-organised race, small, very welcoming and relaxed. Lots of 3.5km laps with water and jelly babies every time you pass go! Undulating hills were the only hitch, but the scenery made it worth-while. I'd certainly do it again next year, although it seems that only competitors who finish the full marathon get a medal. :-)
In short: Well organised trail race - but be prepared for laps - lots of laps In full: Marshalls were great, organisation good, route challenging with two slopes that got harder longer race went on. About 50% on grass 50% on forest trails...not as muddy as I expected.
But feature of teh race for good or bad is the laps - 12 of them for the marathon which was hard in later stages - so tempting to call it a day after 9 or 10!
Good value, lots of refreshments, quite nice medal although not bespoke and cotton t shirt
One to do but not sure every year Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: very good, but remember your trail shoes!!! In full: Very well organized and running laps worked quite well. Very slippery under foot for majority of the race, so remember the trail shoes. Hard to do a PB, and you have to be brave to do the full marathon Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Hard work In full: For a 54 year old, this was hard. Fair bit of uphill, repeated 5 times!Wet day, so slippery and muddy.All in all i enjoyed the race, but i thought the facilities were a bit poor. The website said changing facilities. The only place to change was a toilet, which was busy pre race, so i had to change on wet grass. The free coffee and cake was a nice touch. I found the race finish a bit confusing too, being divided as we ran to the line.All in all, o.k. but not sure i would do it again Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: No medal for the 10K ...GUTTED! In full: This course is not suited to beginners and the PB potential is low. This is demonstrated by the winning 10K time of around 40 mins. If you have participated in several 10K races, then this course should prove enough of a challenge to maintain interest.
NEGATIVE: I'm very disappointed that medals were not being handed to those individuals completing the 10K race, instead we were all just given t-shirts. The organisers need to make it clear on the Runners World site that ONLY individuals completing the marathon and half-marathon would receive a medal and t-shirt. The start was rather abrupt and several runners were caught out, so a little warning or message would be far better.
POSITIVE: Though the race was not chip-timed, I think the organisers coped well with the gates at the finish area. However I know some people in earlier reviews felt that it needed to be improved because they probably had more laps to consider and may have mis-counted the number of laps completed. The run location was nice, especially coming down the gentle slope with the lake in sight. Though I only received a t-shirt, it was the right size and had all the event details on there.
To all those runners who did the marathon and half-marathon, I salute you ...but you guys are craaaazy! I may be back, but only because I have a realistic chance of winning. I ran 48:12 with absolutely no training, I should be able to shave 7-10 mins off that time. Date of review: July 20, 2010
In short: Keep the race as it is. Don"t change ANYTHING In full: The 26 laps are hard but your never far from the finish. I said don"t change anything, however events like this, Beachyhead, The picnic, Greensand etc should try to be kept apart as there must be lots of runners who would do them all given the chance. Date of review: November 1, 2009