In short: I also loved this muddy, wet route - the weather improved it! In full: As said already , a warning of 10 min walk to start would help it start on time. Chips not really necessary for a race like this are they?? I was glad I didn't bring a spectator, but thank the marshals very much for standing in the rain and handing mugs out at end. Date of review: November 24, 2009
In short: Lovely scenary, lovely mud, lots of rain and some hail In full: I've done a lot of 10Ks on roads, but this was my first race entirely off-road. It was great. A fantastic twisty course that completely disorientated you, and had plenty of undulations combined with much mud to keep it challenging. I will certainly do it again. I quite enjoyed the remote start/finish, as it gave you a chance to see what conditions were going to be like on the run, but I could see spectators with children in buggies struggling. The marshalls were greatly supportive despite the weather. Date of review: November 24, 2009
In short: Too far from the car park!! In full: Ridiculous distance from car park to start line across mud and soggy heathland - not really suitable for spectators, particuarly children!! Poor weather obviously can't be helped but this did make the race particularly sodden and a bit like a steeplechase in parts! Only 3 km markers on route which is poor. Race was late to start as people still getting chips - why weren't these sent out prior to race?! Also no warning in pre race info about walk from car park to start line to pick up chips then back again to car park to get ready, use loos and then back to car park?!?! Date of review: November 24, 2009
In short: A great muddy run in apocalypic weather with hardy and encouraging marshalls doing a great job. As others have said a bit of warning about the distance to the start would not have gone amiss especially for spectators/families Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: Mud Mud Glorious Mud In full: I was strangely exhilarated as I lurched through the finish and slid and stumbled to a halt at the queue for the t-shirt and cup. Timings were irrelevant on this splendid occasion but I must say you slightly overdid the special effects. Was hail really necessary during the cloud burst? Not beaten, the camaraderie and atmosphere on the course was extra-special and those marshals were simply marvellous (albeit with a slight masochistic tendency to agree to stand there and take the biblical drenching as the runners err staggerers slid unnervingly towards them.
Only suggestion as said before - pls provide information about distance from car park to start. It's a good warm up - as long as you know.
I loved the course, and rather insanely took a twisted pleasure in that weather and mud, we had great marshals and a terrific race.
- ah ha that really put us in the moment. Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: Like running through a swamp In full: I really enjoyed this race as the weather produced a great atmosphere especially when the hale came down after abt 8km. It was a real challenge and i was very pleased to get round in one piece. Good atmosphere out on the course with people encouraging each other and being generally courteous. My only gripe is the lack of markers, i only noticed them after 5km and 7km. But defo back next year with hopefully better weather Date of review: November 23, 2009
In full: Thanks to the organisers and marshals.Despite miserable weather,i really enjoyed the whole day.The course was very interesting.T-Shirt was good.Such a change not to get another white one.Atmosphere was very good and great camaraderie.Hope this haapens again next year.I will be back. Date of review: November 23, 2009