In short: Exquisite setting, and brilliantly organised. The best running event I have attended In full: After attending a number of half marathon events, I decided to enter a trail run to vary my training. I could not have chosen a better race to enter into the trail arena.
The car park was uncongested and right on the edge of the event village. The village itself was well equipped with music, food and FREE massage before and after the race. The tech tee which was given out before the race was much higher quality than those presented at other local half marathons and the freebies just kept coming. With a little over 700 runners, there was a comparable village to races with 10,000 entrants.
The warm up was gentle and the race guide talk at the beginning was both informative and friendly (despite the fear on some of the runners who hadn't seen the race profile when they were told about the 2km unbroken incline).
The race itself, however, was made of gentle rolling hills and, despite having been out of training for a week and nursing a cold, I actually managed to beat all my off road training times. The marshals also couldn't have been more encouraging or supportive.
The goody bag at the end was superb, again the best I have had after a race and everything was offered with smiles and positivity throughout the day.
I'm hooked. Now I have to find more time to compete and I might even do all three next year. Well done RW and RR, and thank you Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Great fun, great race, fantastic day. In full: This was my first 10k. Really well organised, a beautiful course, marshals were all very encouraging -- hats off to them -- and I finished in 53 mins. I was very happy with that. Hope to better it next year! Great facilities in the Event Village to keep my family occupied while I was running, and a splendid pint of Speckled Hen afterwards. Top notch. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Great day in the forest In full: Entry price was on the high side but organisation, event village and goody bag justified the price. Wave start was good it meant there weren't too many runners on the course at one time but there were enough so you didn't feel on your own. Course was hillier than expected but not too tough. Overall would recommend. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Great race, sets out to convert any runner to trails, and would succeed! In full: This was lots of fun. Yes the entry fee was higher than some, but that's what funds the fantastic organisation and the extras that make it very family friendly (my kids loved the climbing wall). The setting was beautiful, and the marshalls were friendly and supportive. The other runners in my wave (purple) were very supportive to eachother too. May not have been the same in the faster groups?! The rat store had some bargains, and I got a PB for this trail distance so treated myself! Date of review: May 22, 2011
In full: i got in very early so price wasn't so steep not sure if i would of entered it if i had to pay full price.However looking at what we received in goody bag,v good quality tech tshirt and nice medal i think it was a fair price.thanks to all involved Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: FUN ... BUT EXPENSIVE In full: A well organised race. In truth 4 or 5 races as it consists of well-separated echelons of runners; the runners in my wave - the first - would have been back on the M5 before the last wave started. Well packed trails and gentle hills. Certainly not XC as I saw it referred to in a forum post. Most ran in normal road shoes. Is this slick commercial approach the way ahead? Certainly for beginners or occasional competitors but in the future, I may save my money and race at local club events. Date of review: May 22, 2011