In short: Great addition to the local calendar In full: Parking was within 50m of the race hq, so along with easy number pick up, a pretty short toilet queue when i was there and somewhere to grab a coffee, this was as hassle free as it gets. Really friendly and low key atmosphere before the race too. The course was a genuine mixture of country lanes to recover on, a few hills and plenty of mud; it was perfect!As others have mentioned the marshals were fantastic and really supportive and the drinks stations were brilliant. The medal and goody bag at the finish were a real bonus; i didn't know we were getting a goody bag, so the drink & voucher for the running shop were most welcome. Great medal too - never had one with my name on before! Mulled wine was a nice touch too. Thumbs up all around, it's in the diary already for next time. Date of review: January 7, 2012
In short: great way to end the year In full: this race was a great way to end the year, wet hilly & lots of mud , my favourite type of race & well organised for a 1st time event & a definite for next year, lovely medal to with your name on I love running in slippery mud & this did not disappoint Date of review: January 5, 2012
In short: My trainers will never be white again! Fantastically mud-packed! In full: I loved this race. Despite my woe at the 6.45am start to get there, this race made my New Year's Eve.
The organisation was fantastic, the organisers were really friendly and the young helpers made me feel like I'd won Olympic gold when I crossed the finish line.
I felt a bit of a mug in my normal trainers, especially when running - or trying to stay upright - through the patches of clay and mud. I think trail shoes are a must-buy for next time - and a clean pair of shoes in the car for the drive home!
This was one of the most enjoyably challenging races I have done, maybe because at times it was like running through quicksand. This one will be on my calendar every year. Date of review: January 5, 2012
In short: running in chocolate cake In full: I thought the orgsnisation was outstanding and with a half dozen more toilets would have been perfect. The two courses (10k and 10m) mingling and separating several times was handled very well. Extremely muddy (not Grim obstacle race muddy of course) and very challenging (with a tummy full of mince pies!) Looking forward to 2012 (p.s. like the early start time as well) Date of review: January 5, 2012
In short: Mud, Hills - Perfect end to the year! In full: What a great way to spend New Years Eve and to burn some calories for later! The ford crossing was Brilliant! Very muddy definate note for off road shoes next time as my road shoes felt like ice skates!!! Thanks to all the marshals and the mulled wine and mice pie was great at the finish. Medal was great and goody bag not to bad either. Date of review: January 1, 2012
In short: Mud, hills, mince pies and mulled wine. In full: A tough but fair multi-terrain 10 miler on mildly undulating roads, fields and footpaths. The roads are quiet, the fields muddy (in 2011), and the footpaths muddier still!
The 10m takes place at the same time as the 10k, and the courses separate and re-join several times - so make sure you pay attention to the signs and marshals! Date of review: January 1, 2012