In short: If you like hills this is the one for you! In full: Ran last year, ran this year with Snowdonia hillwork behind me and found it a lot easier despite the course being in a far worse state (I don't remember branches floating in lakes of mud!)Great idea taking the stiles out made for a much smoother first lap, no extra mile this year and as always brilliant marshals really encouraging and friendly. The hills are tough but most are runnable, there are a couple of stretches where it is quicker to walk. On finishing you get a nice T Shirt in smaller sizes for the ladies, a nice medal, and bottle of beer, plus changing with a (cold) shower, pretty good for the money!
The only slight point, its not a criticism, just a thought, is that on the steep, rutted, stony track that leads onto the steep tarmac lane it is a real case of watching where you put your feet rather than watching where other competitors are coming from, I wonder if the course could be modified so that you don't have to pass people in the opposite direction. I didn't notice this last year but with the extra numbers and the route still being open to the public that was the only stretch I didn't enjoy.
This is definitely one for the race calendar, although next year is only a maybe for me as I may try out a local race for a change. As I said last year 11/10, give it a go!!! Date of review: November 29, 2012
In short: The race was great. Very muddy and wet and that is what was so great. The climbs were steep and the views amazing but i had to concentrate on where I was running! Date of review: November 28, 2012
In short: Awesomely tough but very satisfying In full: The warnings of how tough this course is are made clear way before you get to the start line, but the hills here really are lung-busters. I pride myself on running (rather than walking) no matter how bad I feel during a half, but I felt no shame in having to walk during some of this event. The race had added spice this year because of all the horrendous weather we've had but in a way that made it even more enjoyable. All the enormous puddles and the crazy mud meant there was plenty to focus on and you almost forgot about the enormity of the challenge. Thankfully it was nice weather while we were actually running which was merciful. The marshals were great, as has been said, and the beer at the end was a nice touch. Would love to come back after a bit of proper hill training and beat my time next year... Date of review: November 28, 2012
In short: Very hard, friendly and muddy! In full: My legs have never hurt so much! Jaffa cakes very welcome. Marshals very friendly. Proud to have completed it. Disappointed I missed the goat - will be back next year! Date of review: November 28, 2012
In short: Are you up for a toughie!? In full: I loved this, and now ache! I do half marathons fairly regularly and this one was a real challenge. Lots of rain meant it was more like a mud runner challenge, but with or without the rain it is a tough race. Go for it! Date of review: November 27, 2012
In short: Almost made it to the coveted last place In full: It's all been already mentioned: frequent water stations, jaffa cakes and jelly babies, extremely friendly marshals and fellow runners, the goat, the jester and "the mud the likes of which you have never seen". Just get wet and muddy at once to save yourself the trouble of avoiding the puddles — you will get wet anyway! Date of review: November 27, 2012