In short: Great race. One of my favourites. In full: The promised storm didnâ€™t arrive but there was still enough weather to make it interesting, a stiff breeze & various combinations of drizzle sleet & hail.
Lots of mud, achilles-strecthing quad-straining uphills, mud, pulse-raising downhills, mud, swamps, stream crossings and more mud. Recent weather meant for plenty of surface water about and much energy was dissipated through the shoe sucking oozing muddy sections which made up much of the course.
This race is one of the best around for me, covering an extreme range of surfaces, friendly marshals, lovely scenery, good value & local. With the weather conditions at this time of year ever changing it means that it can be virtually a different race from year to year.
In short: Wow do I ache today! In full: I couldn't believe how muddy it was and the hills just kept coming! My first time, I loved it and would recommend it to others. Well done Pewsey, excellent organisation and marshalling, fantastic spread of cakes too! Date of review: March 1, 2010
In full: Had no idea what to expect but it was absolutely brilliant, very liberating, tough and so fantastically muddy, still getting the mud out of my toes, very well organised and hats off to the marshalls they were fab. Date of review: March 1, 2010
In short: Ooh, that was tough - more of a slide than a run, but good 'clean' fun In full: I recorded my slowest ever time and ended up walking a couple of times in the last mile with v painfil cramp in my thighs. Many thanks to all who gave me encouragement and pats on the back. Fantastic organisation, fantastic marshalls - except the guy who said "Well done, 8 miles done, 3 to go" before we even got to the third water stop. That threw my bearings a bit; I thought the third water stop was about 7 miles. Perhaps one or two mile markers wouldn't go amiss. Maybe they were there and I missed them, I was that kn*ckered! Great race, good atmosphere - I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 1, 2010
In short: Well and truly 'beasted' In full: OK it *had* been raining a lot in the days prior but I really hadn't got my head around how muddy it was going to be.
A very friendly crowd, with a real sense that we were all 'in this together' as we skidded and slid our way around. Plenty of cheerful marshalls around the course did a good job of keeping spirits up. Date of review: March 1, 2010
In short: Has anyone mentioned the mud? In full: My 4th time and enjoyed it just as much as ever despite being very unfit at present and recording my slowest time yet. Once again the marshals were brilliant, how do they stay so cheerful in that cold wind? Much tougher than the Turbo X and so much better value. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Hard, Tuff, Steep & so, so Muddy, Brilliant! In full: I had no idea what the score was... Lost me trainer in the 2nd bog. Massive hills, rope climbs, and a very, very cheeky stream crossing (above the two boys???)at the end. Great Marshalls! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Gurt Lush...conditions even too tough for the Terminator to make an appearance this year ! In full: It's the beauty (with regards to scenery and organisation) of this complete cross country test that reminds me why I could do this sort of event every week and never bother with a road race again. By the way, did they ship in extra mud this year ? Not sure I've ever seen so much on the route. Oh, and I hope the guy who did a face plant in the bog has wrestled his way out by now. Date of review: February 28, 2010