In short: Great route, pleasant race In full: A good Saturday morning out - pleasant route out and back along the canal (3 miles each way) with a 6 mile cross-country loop in the middle. Great stuff! Date of review: November 19, 2011
In short: nice weather,very well organised great marshalls.nice canal run followed by hill and woods followed by towpath back to finish i travelled quite a way to get there but worth it see you next year:-) Date of review: November 19, 2011
In short: A perfect introduction to trail running. In full: What a great way to start the weekend! A lovely route out on the canal towpath - and actually it was not hard to overtake here in most places - then a stiff climb to a pretty village, followed by an undulating descent through woods back to the canal. Very well sign-posted, delightful marshals and a very warm reception at the finish. Definitely one for the race calendar. Date of review: November 19, 2011
In short: Perfect weather lovely views,good coarse. In full: This race is a one off,There should be more like this as it make running far more interesting,and I was faster than last year so a good day all round.Will be back next year. Date of review: November 19, 2011
In short: Glorious balmy November (?!) weather, atmospheric canal paths and woodlands In full: As a trail runner I'd wondered how much joint bashing would be involved on the tarmac canal paths - but it wasn't a problem, the atmosphere along the canal side was delicious with all the pretty boats, a few fishing rods and sweeping Middle England countryside. Then some variety with a good uphill (not too taxing though!) and into magnificent Scots Pine woodlands with a few roots to keep you alert. This has to rate among the most unique of off-road events, finishing time/position becomes less of an issue - just soak it all up and enjoy! Date of review: November 19, 2011
In short: Corking -felt like I had gone to heaven In full: Ran this race for the second time in a row and my review isn't different from last time. This is a brilliant race and fairly fast if you want it to be. If you are thinking about a race plan, I think I have now figured it out. Run the first 10k along the tow path to the bottom of the hill at 10k race pace. Expect then to just manage the following 4 miles with an average 10-20% loss on average pace. Come back on the tow path for the last 3 miles and make sure you are quick (back to 10k race pace)as this is where you will be picked off if you start to flag.