In short: Mental mudathon! In full: This race was one of the more madder things I have done in my life (and I've done over 100 bungy and parachute jumps!) First of all I would like to say that the organization was top notch, the army was on hand for parking and course marshaling and they did a fantastic job. The course was so wet and muddy after all the rain I thought the whole 10 miles was the "Turbo X" zone rather than just the 2 miles at the end! My only criticism about the course was that a lot of it was single file which made it hard to overtake in places and there weren't any mile markers so I had no idea where the end was! I thought if I wore my watch it would get ruined so I was a bit in the dark (and rain and mud) about distance/times etc. Entering the Turbo Zone was brilliant, dry ice everywhere and the songs Eye Of The Tiger and Welcome to the Jungle blaring out of the speakers to get you swimming through the mud faster. I would recommend this race to anyone who likes their sport extreme and are definitely coming back next year! Thanks to all the organizers, job well done! Date of review: November 23, 2009
In full: The finale to a season of Salomon Turbo X races, outstanding organisation in the face of awful weather conditions (the changing tents blew away!!) The rain made the bogs feet deeper, the open sections ten times harsher and the competitors 'head to the woods shouts' more meaningful than ever!) ..believe me the cover was a god send in places! This race gives everything and takes it all back out of you as well! Just such an inspirational run to do. After this you just want all races to be like it! Who needs roads... Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: Better run than Hellrunner, GRIM, Tough Guy (run course) In full: I've done many races like this, and I can honestly say the course is VERY thoughtfully designed and much better than the one-trick-ponies GRIM and Hellrunner. (I do love them though!)
While GRIM has its puddles and Hellrunner has its inclines, this race had all of that and more. An incredibly diverse spread of terrain: sand, tufty fell-like grass, boggy wet tall grass (the trail-blazers at the front must have had trouble battering it down!, huge puddles, leaf-litter hands-and-knees inclines (as steep as those found on the Tough Guy run, maybe not quite as long though but lots of them), swooping, technical, singletrack, (even) some short road sections (don't bring yer spikes ;-) ), as well as lots of mud and grass similar to terrian XC racers will be familiar with. There were several points at which good route choice could make up places. The bogs of the Turbo-X zone were great - just as leg-sapping as the Tough Guy, and more so than Hellrunner. This lead to some great banter as we pulled each other up time and again!
I've got to say, I suspected the course might be a bit weak - a trail run with a novelty section. I'm so happy to relate that this is a tough, diverse, course that beginners can have a great laugh on, and pro's can really sink their teeth into!
I'd suggest more marshals are needed, or more tape, because there were several miles in which the runner in front was about 400M away and I found it hard to see the route in the rain.
There was a good spread of quality prizes covering a lot of categories.
The course is as spectator friendly as it could be in this sort of area as the course passes the start numerous times and there's an excellent view of the Turbo-X section. At a push (geddit) you could get a wheelchair in to see the action, but it would depend on how wet the ground is and how strong the pusher is, so would be difficult to plan in advance.
In short: thick gloopy gunk with added stink - Great fun! In full: My first turbo x - I laughed alot, and scrambled on hands and feet a fair bit. Lots of fun and a few "what the %&*$" moments!!! Well marshalled and good first aid cover. Very friendly event - thanks to the jumper lady (sorry too) and the random man that helped me out of thigh deep gunk, also to Liz for being there - well done to you too!!!! The weather made it extra special! Reckon i'll be back. Date of review: November 23, 2009