In short: Glorious day, great route, loads of great organisation, but please warn participants they need to allow 15 mins from road to parking up and more to get to registration. Info states 'event village will be obvious from car park'. Not so. Date of review: May 12, 2012
In full: Very scenic event, well organised, everything clearly labelled. The run itself was very nice through the beautiful scenery and trails and although a couple of hill nothing too strenuous.
A couple of gripes, I entered online in April and after paying my money had to then update my team entrants. I managed to get this wrong somehow, entirely my fault I'm sure but was not on the start list on arrival. Spoke to the info guy and had to pay £7.50 admin charge in order to actually get my number!! I've never entered an event where you have to update your runners details after they take your money. If I had turned up on the day I could have entered without paying the admin fee!!!! I know its only £7.50 but made me feel a bit ripped off.
A second issue was the lack of staff at the first car park at the end of the event, due to the rainfall numerous cars were stuck in the mud trying to pull out and spent half hour pushing other peoples cars out!
Other than these two issues the race itself was good fun, excellent doggy bag and had a great day, would do it again. Date of review: May 12, 2012
In full: This year's Trailblazer was a blast. Perfectly organised, beautiful scenery and challenging course. You start uphill and you finish on a steep grassy hill. Water stations throughout, very varied surface (soft, gravel, trail, grass).
You start in different waves, approx. 40 runners per wave, and they bring you to the start (5min walk from the event village / finish). You get a detailed instruction in how to treat this race and how to look after yourself and others. Most of the runners (there were a lot of Londoners) aren't probably used to trail running.
Absolutely perfect organisation, the best goody bag I got. Really nice medal (if you collect them). The bag contained free samples of For Goodness Shakes (ready mixed and instant powder), beef jerky, energy gels, energy bars, a totebag, a tech shirt (pre race), deep heat patch, jointcare cream sample, various magazines (Runner's World, Triathlete, Men's Health), a Men's Health DVD total body workout (very male focused though), and many more.
Onsite For Goodness Shake sampling, food, drinks, music, rat race shop with big discounts, picnic opportunities, your race entry entitles you to make use of facilities around (e.g. go ape, cycling).
Shame they only captured me once, even if I'd seen at least 3 event photographers out there.
Oh, and it's a time chip race. Prizes for the fastest runners male & female / age group. Date of review: August 9, 2011
In short: Superb Event In full: As per previous comments-could not fault any part of the organisation at all. For £29.00 for what you got, the freebies you could take, and the warm welcome everywhere, worth every penny. The race was harder than I imagined, some tough up hill sections, but still posted a decent time. If it sparked an interest in Trail runs, try the Titsey Trail in October-real off road! Date of review: May 23, 2011