In short: Mud, blood, spills and thrills aplenty In full: I foolishly didn't look into this event before turning up on the morning and definitely paid the price!
Leave your Mizuno running trainers, iPod and running shorts at home and get some specialist off-road footwear and a pair of tracksuit bottoms!
That said, I had a brilliant time and despite dreading the hilly section in the woods on each of the three laps, wiping out and eating mud at least a dozen times, and tearing my shins to ribbons through the brambles, this was great fun! The course was a good challenge and a varied combination of trail, hills, mounds and fields, and the atmosphere was very friendly.
A great day out and certainly lots of laughs and spills – but I'll be more prepared next time! Also worth mentioning that this event seemed excellent value at just £7, and it was really good to see the race times and photos online so quickly. Date of review: February 3, 2009
In short: mud, mayness, only missing madness!!! In full: third race done, one to go! This was toughest due to conditions but a top event. Looking forwadr to trying the summer version! Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: Memories of school punishment! Great laugh. In full: ....at least that's how I remember the last time I did cross country, as we called it. Can do 43mins, this took me 48 plus. Great fun; well organised and friendly, this befits more experienced off-roaders I'd say. However, novices there were aplenty, including me. Hurtling down filthy slopes was fun,a tad risky and you really need a specialist/studded shoe. My Grizzly Approach 'soft-roader' things weren't quite up to it. I think the goodies at the end are fine for what is - lest we forget - an event which is considerably cheaper than many. Results up very quickly which is a final nice touch. Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: exactly what it says on the can In full: first ever non road race,really tough.the mud is a real energy sapper.running through the woods memorable and treacherous.really friendly crowd to go round with Date of review: February 1, 2009
In short: mudhoney, mayhem, magnificant, madness In full: A truly awesome race! My first x-country race ever. Fantastic friendly people with good humour. Big hills and lots of spills (helped 2 people back to their feet, and I cut my toe and bashed my shins). Very slippery course with a bridge to cross, a pond to miss and a rope to climb. No way could you get a PB, but a great race guaranteed! Date of review: January 31, 2009
In short: Mayhem it was, mud was ankle deep. A hard 10K In full: I've done quite a few fell races and tough ones at that, this was tough! I took it easy due to the deep mud and folk going down like ten-pin bowls around me.... Nice atmosphere and good changing area. My normal 10K time is about 50mins, but took 1:03 to do this one and although I held back a bit, not 13minutes. Date of review: January 10, 2009
In short: It does exactly what it says on the "tin" In full: A well organised and challenging course, not for the faint hearted. Extremely slippy in places and potential for an injury if not careful, as my xray showed. Would have been nice to have had a momento of the occasion. Enjoyed the mars, banana and the water at the finish - maybe that was the momento? Date of review: December 29, 2008
In short: This is for Dec 27, 2008. Did race 1 in 1h, 03, completed race 2 in 58m,57. Great race, will be back end Jan for race 3!!! In full: Race 1 was a lot wetter and areal eye opener to cross country. Race 2 was (ahem)drier! Still very slippery and no less challenging, just as much fun! Looking forward to race 3! Date of review: December 29, 2008