In short: Great scenery but no water and dodgy mile makers In full: The inclines were not as bad as I feared. That the the water station had run out of water filled me with the same incredulity as the fact that the 3rd mile took me over 13 minutes (I am normally 9 - 9 1/2 minutes to the mile), as did the fact that the next mile took me just over 6 minutes. Hmmm ....Other than that it was a lovely route and I shall be back next year. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Very well organised, for a big field on busy roads In full: This is a challenging and enjoyable course for a cool winters morning. Very slick operation to get all those numbers out so quickly. A slightly suprising start for those at the back, just heard the gun go off. Traffic was well controlled for most of the course with only one hairy moment next to the big lorry on the climb to 3 miles.
In short: Late review i know.A really enjoyable race,not sure if i managed a PB on this one 61minutes,it was 23 years ago last time! still remember the hills.Big thanks to all the marshalls and bag ladys who suffered the cold for us. Date of review: January 13, 2009
In short: Common or garden race In full: Well organised race if nothing exceptional. It is all uphill for first few miles but it is a steady rather than steep incline. Sections along main roads not much fun with traffic bombing by. For some reason it's always freeeezing at the start of this race. I wouldn't travel any distance to do it if it wasn't for a mate who lives by the course and provides a slap-up breakfast after. Yes the mileage markers are confusing, I assume race must actually be less than 8 miles. Walk back to parking is actually a nice country path warm-down if you jog it. I don't think this race can be much fun for beginners & tail-enders as they have to dodge around the early finishers exiting Losely House. Date of review: January 5, 2009
In short: As the name suggests it`s not flat In full: 1st time at the Hog`s back 8. A gently start before tackling the hills! Nice winter views at the top & the way down..if the fog & mist lifted :) Would have liked to see some distance markers & do not park here signs towards the finish. Didn`t mind the walk back. Good race - well done to the organisers & special mention to the marshals & `baggage` ladies. Thanks Date of review: December 21, 2008
In short: A good turnout considering the weather In full: My second attempt and a 2 minute improvement on 2007. A mixed bag of runners organised very well at start and finish.
The only criticsm I picked up was of vehicles blocking the road towards the end of the race just outside the grounds of Loosley House. I thought this was very bad form by the drivers who were obviously lazy and didn't care about some of the runners who were yet to finish. I appreciate there is little the organisers could do, well done. Date of review: December 15, 2008
In short: More hills than I thought with little flat running until mile 5 In full: Good race, car at the start was a bit strange as nobody stopped her pulling into the start. Could do with more people handed out water at the mid point station, only one handing out and one filling hte cups, I skipped it as too many people waiting for water. My Garmin made the race 7.84 which was a surprise but may be due to the hills? Could be a bit disheartening for runners towards the back as on the way to cars we all walk passed them in the opposie direction. Overall a good race with the final 1.25 mile on the drive being good. Date of review: December 15, 2008