In short: Wow this is hilly! In full: Last done this race around 10 years ago. I'd forgotten how hard the hills were esp. the first one and start of the last one. Hats off to anybody who ran up them all. Lovely scenary although a tad misty. Course great and not too much mud. Great run in. Thanks to all the friendly marshals. That lady and the top of the middle hill looked very cold! As others have said who wants to to a boring 10 mile on the road at four times the price!!!!! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: got to be one of the best off-road races around and for just £9 - with a tee-shirt thown in as well - long may it continue In full: a proper off-road race which welcomes all standards of runner at a great price - why would anyone even dream of paying out £40 for the alternate race today down at pompey when you can get this for just £9? hills as hard as ever, seem to get longer every year but encouraged all the way round by the friendly marshals and fellow runners - the advantage of having to walk the hills i suppose! great cakes and sandwiches at the end plus a free massage - why wouldn't you do this race? Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Excellent XC race, great value, perfectly organised, great fun! In full: Some people pay £40 to run around 'hard man' events that have a scary puddle in the middle. If any of them ran this, they would probably finish at the back - albeit £29 better off!
This is how races should be - brilliant value, perfectly organised and friendly. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Good for ones humility In full: Yes I had to walk at some stages of both 'The Beast' and the 'Major Muggle'...but here I had to walk for half the FIRST hill!..and later as well, of course. I hope by next year I will be able to RUN it all; if I wanted to walk up-hills then my hobby/sport/exercise would be ..er...hill-walking,not running. Date of review: November 1, 2011
In short: Excellent race as ever and one to look out for next year In full: This was my second time running this (missed last year due to injury) and I'm convinced that the first hill has been made at least 50 metres higher... As ever it was superbly organised, with very good marshalling, mile marking and all the extra details. Are hats the new T-shirts as race momentoes - I've picked up two in the last month or so... This is not for the faint-hearted - the hills are sapping, and you won't find many beginners here, but if you've tried some off-road running and want to push yourself to the limit without paying the ludicrous prices for a 'hellrunner' type event, then this is for you. Date of review: November 1, 2011
In short: 4th time I've run this race and the hills don't get any smaller. The last two miles seem to go on forever, but who can resist a last sprint along the station platform?! Great organisation as well with mile markers and plenty of marshalls. Date of review: November 1, 2011