In short: A well kept secret! In full: An off road point to point race covering some of England's finest scenery. You don't get many races like this in the annual calendar! We'll be back for more mud next year. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Don't wear your road shoes, it's muddy! Great fun and well organised. In full: Thanks for organising one of the best races of the year so far. A great course and well organised. The challenge starts getting the buses through the lanes then keeping your shoes on through the mud. A very worth while race and great value! Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Mudlarks only need apply... In full: I would endorse all the other reviews for this year's race - my first time at the Gibbet, and what a view to begin with (900ft up)! Sunny for the whole race (and just a few degrees too hot for me), the mud, puddles and v.slippy surfaces are compensated by great scenery and a net 600ft drop over the course of the race. Rarely has 16 miles elapsed so quickly!!
One tough climb just past halfway, but we all enjoy a challenge, don't we? :¬s No goodie bag or memento of any sort, but for £12 (inc. transport to start), you can't complain - terrific value. Will return to try and break 2 hours! Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Fantastic Race: Mud, Sun and Views In full: This is a great race, the best on the calender, from the fast downhill start across the mud toppped hills with views stretching across Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and even the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire, including highlights such as Highclere Castle, Watership Down and Didcot Power Station! Through the leg crumbling Ladle hill climb to the last five miles which the mind says are downhill but your body no longer cares. This race is definitly PB material as how often do you race 16.1 Miles? The organisation is suberb from the police escorted bus to the start to the tea and cakes at the end, a big thank you to the marshals. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Glorious race, fantastic value, superb organisation In full: It's tough, yes. Mud everywhere - knee deep in places. It's long. And it's hilly. But it's also fabulous with some absolutely stunning views. The Combe Gibbet: because it (and you) are worth it. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Brilliant race over a stunning off-road course In full: Another great Combe Gibbet Race. This is really one of the best off road races in the country. It's a point to point race so we were put on coaches to the start and there was even a police escort to make sure we were on time. The view from the start was magnificent and for virtually all of the race you were treated to some of the finest scenery this part of Hampshire has to offer. With all the rain we've had recently the course was tough with some serious mud in the first five miles, though it was always "runnable", and that mud really sapped the energy. The climb up to the top of Ladle Hill was as tough as ever but the last five miles are a nice downhill reward. The marshalling and organisation was superb and the home made cakes just topped off a great day. Will be back next year. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Challenging, well organised run In full: A great XC run with an interesting route. I do like a point to point for a change. Everything was well organised from registration, the busses, the friendly marshals, the well marked route and the bag transfer.
It would have been good to have one more water station as I was getting thirsty which is never a good sign.
I would have liked some sort of memento at the end. I do like a medal or a t-shirt. Oh well. Date of review: March 30, 2008