In short: Great trail - challenging for me In full: My first race so nothing to compare it to but seemed well organised to me. Clear signage, enough loos at the car park, friendly marshalls. Only slight problem was queue for the mug and T shirt at the end by which time I was freezing. The weather certainly added a new dimension - will do it again next year. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Trail running heaven In full: Billed as a trail race, it certainly was. I saw so many runners in road shoes which really only spoils the experience and in my opinion invites injury. We were duly informed of the terrain. The course was interesting with a good mix of undulations. The weather certainly turned up the difficulty factor, lots of mud and puddles. For me it was a better experience than a road 10k. I really enjoyed it. Top marks to the organisers for providing us with a great new trail course. Why not extend it to two laps+ next year and lets have a trail half marathon. Only downside for me was listening to the usual moaning from certain runners who expect the red carpet treatment wherever they go. So what if we had to walk 10 mins to get the chip! If you don't like getting wet, muddy and challenged by the great British weather then may I suggest a trip down to your local library and take out a book on knitting!!
In short: Fab race, especially as it was their first time In full: Wow, the weather couldn't have made it any more difficult could it?? Rain, hail, strong winds and so much mud, but is was great fun. Ran it slow with a friend today but will definitely be back to attack it next year. Friendly marshalls throughout (thank you). Only gripes were the long queues at the end and the exceptional distance to the loo's from the start. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Great fun despite (or because of?) the challenging weather and underfoot conditions In full: Well marshalled and fun/scenic course. Very good for a first time event and good atmosphere. Somewhat harzardous in places but hey, it was a trail run. Also bit of a trek from the car park to get to the start and then queues for timing chips which held up the start (slightly). Would certainly try again next time (once I've dried out and warmed up..) Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Very wet, very muddy - wonderful! In full: Running over the A3 with hailstones like bullets and then a hugh clap of thunder! What more could you ask for on a Sunday morning? Shame about the long queue at the end to get the mugs and t-shirts which meant runners were standing still and getting very cold: I'm sure this can be sorted out in future. Definitely would love to do again. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: A great scenic race, but made a little hazardous by all the recent rain. In full: The race was tough, and made worse by the weather, but still a lot of fun.
The course is fairly hilly, and th surface varies from sandy to muddy to very muddy. Lots of opportunities to trip or slip over, so you need to be very careful with your footing (made worse by the recent rainfall and downpour on the day). I saw several fallers and a couple of people limping, but there were ample medical people around.
Marshalls were great, but i only saw two distance markers at 5km and 7km, a few more would have been good.
Water was available at about 2km (I'm guessing as i did not have a garmin and no distance markers). Would have been more useful to have it at 5km or 6km.
There were no loos near the start, so most people seemed to be heading into the trees.
This is the first time the race has been run, so I am sure small problems will be sorted for next time. Overrall it was great fun, despite torrential rain, hail and wind!