In short: Toughest race I have ever done by a big margin!!! In full: This race is not for the faint hearted - I knew it was going to be hard but it was really, really, really hard!!! It was almost soul destroying in places! Was supposed to be running with my husband but he is injured so was on my own so thanks to those who helped me up when I fell and when I almost twisted my ankle!! At the end I said never again and was completely exhausted....but now in hindsight I would say it is definitely a special race and I will be entering next year....but I may do more hill training in the Lakes to prepare me a bit better - I have just stopped aching! ;-) Date of review: November 6, 2009
In short: Best Ever - could rival Tough Guy! In full: Everything was fantastic - organisation, signage, marshalling, route... I've done all of the Delamere Forest ones so far and this was the best by far - more mud (as I asked for last year (sorry!)) and more off trail through the trees etc. Well done to the organisers - I still think you get great value for the entry fee! Date of review: November 4, 2009
In short: Great muddiness as usual - terrible organisation at the end In full: The last thing you want after 12.1 miles of mud is to have to stand for 20 minutes to get a goody bag - why could the stewards not have packed these before!!!!! Also - the man with the water bottles was nowhere near the finish area - where he was most needed Date of review: November 3, 2009
In short: Good, honest, dirty fun In full: I did this run last year with the flu and so this year felt alot easier and faster (even though it wasn't. There are shower facilities at the bike shop (a hose) for those who realy don't want a muddy car. My clothes and trainers have come out cleaner than me in the washing machine. I still have mud under all my nails. In summary it is a fantastically hard race which is lots of fun. My only gripe were the long stretches where everyone was walking and there was no room to get past. And the bogs smell sooooo bad!!! I Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: blister & bruise producing grit swallowing mudbath of fun In full: Having ran only a 10K runs, 2 5Km runs, the Urbanathlon in 2008 & 2009 and the CrossBay Half-Marathon, I was absolutely full of fear for Hell.
Hell lived up to its name, on a grim Northern day in the shadow of Halowe'en and following an extensive lashing of what should be christened Mancunian Rain, Hell began...
The bright Red (and not my favourite colour) character of Lucifer strided down, slightly bandier than of the widescreen movie perceptions, and off went the starting smoke.
The elite sprant away up a steep hill, leaving the amateurs and charity fund-raising straggling behind.
I do have one little query, could it be any muddier? Loved it!
I would like the organisers to schedule the run a little more after the train arrives in Delamere in future as I cut it fine! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Fantastic, muddy, fabulous atmosphere. In full: My first experience and I enjoyed every minute. I'm still washing the Bog of Doom out from under my finger nails and my kit is in the bin! I am definitely signing up for next year. Date of review: November 2, 2009