In short: Mud, mud, mud In full: The first time I have done Grim, will defintely be back for more, what more could you want to do on your birthday!! The last mile seemed to go on and on!! Again another sunny sunday although driving to the event I was wondering whether it was the best choice!! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: muddy, watery fun for all! In full: my first ever GRIM run and i thought it lived up to its status as the 'fun + welcoming' off-road mud-race. Car parking was ample, organisation seemed very smooth. With such a large field it was alwasy going to be slow at the back but i'm not sure such a 'fun' event needs timing pens or anything serious, it might detract from the overall fun. The course was 'friendly' in some ways because it was extremely flat, and with such a silly amount of mud/pools slowing you down, i didn't hear of anyone getting blisters. It was far less challenging than the SaabSalomon X-Trails (which are sadistic by comparison). Overall it was great fun and do-able by anyone who could complete 8 miles in the park. T-shirts a waste of time/money sorry; unwearable shape for women and pretty dorky (huge bold design) for the guys. (subtle) technical ones could have looked stunning and desirable, OR, simply save on the entrance fee and scrap them. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Wet and wild, but "mile" markers were out by - well - miles. In full: I've done this race before in 2002 and 2008 and really enjoyed it. This year, I felt it lacked atmosphere, perhaps because of the rain before the start. Course was better than last year though - more varied with loads of water. Mile markers were way out however - my brother's Garmin made it 8.74 - with the last two "miles" measuring 1.4 and 1.5 - not what you need at that point! Lack of goody bag and crappy big cotton t-shirt also marked it down in my book - Hellrunner managed a better atmosphere, a more fun course and a great value goody bag with fitted girlie t-shirts. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: My favourite race of the year! In full: Weather again beautiful and course as challenging as always. The extra rain seemed to make the clay pits easier if anything. Warmed up in the water before the race to some bemused looks (obviously first timers who knew nothing of what was to come).The only problem wih The Grim is i now have to wait another year for my next fix. Come on guys what are you gonna do for us addicts? I just need one more hit! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Now too many people! In full: Some nice changes to the course (the end in particular) and the addition of chip timing is a plus. More water than previous also.
However, this race is now a victim of it's own success. There were 700 more runners this year than last year (according to the compere), and it told. Too congested. And the organisers were trying to get people to promote the event for them to make it bigger. Cut it down! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Cold, wet, muddy and fun In full: As a roadrunner this was a real challenge and a nice change from the tarmac. My target was to finish and survive, which I thankfully did! Good atmosphere with surrounding runners and one girl even grabbed me to stop me going head first in a puddle. Scramble nets were pointless and the bottle neck at the mud was a nice rest! A good giggle but I think I'll stick to the tarmac once my trainers have dried out. The other half loved it and will definitely be back again. A great challenge and a great introduction to different types of races, please don't change it, let the hardcore mad people go and do other races if they've got bored. Date of review: December 6, 2009