In short: Great race with emphasis on having fun! In full: I loved it apart from the freezing cold weather, it was fantastic. Great mud and very well martialed, with a T-shirt, but a medal would have been mice too! Great time and a good day out too. Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: Freezing cold puddles, big grins, men in thongs In full: I ended up with blocks of ice instead of feet and it took the rest of the day to get them back to body temperature, but it was well worth it. I had a blast. Hats off to the guy dressed up as a wrestler in his gold mask and matching thong :) Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: enjoyable run on a not too cold day. In full: A few bottle necks in places but a few good sections of road to stretch the legs. Water hazards not too bad. Worth the drive to get there. Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: More Grim-in-places than Grim-throughout, but good fun! In full: I did the sunday, for the first time and enjoyed it! Much of the early miles and the last 3 are not all that challenging, but the fun lies in the middle...
I'll be back next year no doubt. Did you all have a nice bath at home? Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: Excellent event. Brilliant atmosphere. Great running weather In full: Well, the Sunday weather couldn't have been better...cold and frosty when I arrived but warming up as the sun gained elevation. Just right to avoid overheating. In fact I ended up running without my hat and gloves.
I agree that there could have been a staggered start for latecomers...the chip timing allows for that, but the half hour delay wasn't really *that* inconvenient.
I found it less intimidating than I'd thought it would be. A lot of the wading could be avoided if you wanted to. Some of the frozen ruts were potential ankle snappers, but anyone doing this race really should expect the water, mud and ruts: the literature hardly hides it!
I loved it. It made a real change from the road races I've done recently. The atmosphere was superb. They ought to have a go at sorting out the eccentric mile marker placements next year though...it's not rocket science these days!
I'll definitely be back. Date of review: December 7, 2008