In short: As tough as ever. In full: This run is hard. Effort-wise it feels more like a half marathon. I love it though-it really makes you push yourself over the varied terrain. The marshals are brilliant, really enthusiastic and you need that to gee you along. Roll on next year. 10/10. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Everything that is great about trail running. In full: Gongratulations to Stainland Lions for the best marshalling you will find anywhere. A cold day, 6c with a stiff Yorkshire wind that went through you was a shock to the system at the start. No one was feeling cold at the finish after 2720 ft of ascent and 2741 ft of descent despite the cold river crossing. The sense of achievment reguardless of your time is enough to keep you warm untill summer. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: And I thought I was used to hills! In full: 1st time for me. What a fantastic race. Very friendly, top marshalling, fun, great views. Forget fast times and just do it for the pleasure. Thanks Stainland! Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Brilliant in every way. In full: Honestly, this is pretty much the most enjoyable race I have run yet.
Yes the course was tougher than a road race, but you'd expect that, right? There is a large hill at mile 4 which I imagine most people except the frontrunners ended up walking. We like hills. Running on the flat is boring.
The views at the top over Halifax were stunning. As were the bluebell lined paths through the woods. The river crossing near the end was hilarious fun and very well marshalled.
The marshalling throughout the race was *by far* the best I've come across. Where did they get them all from? Half the town must have had yellow vests on that day. From the moment I approached the race HQ in my car before the race, marshalls were everywhere directing me into a suitable car parking spot with consummate ease. Number collection was quick and easy and I was given plenty of pre-race course advice. Marshalls en route were hugely enthusiastic and supportive. There were two water stops both well manned and the first one has to win the award for best located water stop ever! (Right at the top of Troopers Hill when you most need it.)
The roas was virtually all off-road, there were some road crossings but these were well marshalled, traffic was held-up and you didn;t feel in any danger whatsoever. I ran it in off-road shoes but really it could have been run in road shoes, though it had been very dry leading up race dry. I imagine the course would have been much trickier had there been a few days of rain beforehand.
The goody bag contained a nice hand towel which personally I much prefer to yet another cheap cotton t-shirt. There were also several chocolate bars / flapjacks etc.
Brilliant race overall! Well done Stainland Lions! Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Hilly, muddy, friendly and fun. In full: This is a great trail run with loads of different surfaces and views. It was well organised with very friendly marshalls who really helped, especially when handing out the jelly babies! Some tough hills, but rewarded by going down the other side of them, eventually. The river was cold but refreshing. Will definately do again. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: It's re-ignigted my love for trail running! In full: I signed up for this race sometime last year, and haven't done any hills (let alone trails!) for a good 6 months or so; so when this race came around, I think I stuck my head in the sand about it being in the hills!! Needless to say when I asked someone on race day which direction the route was, he just pointed up, and up, and up!!! This race is absolutely one I am going to do again, the sense of achievement I had once completed was well worth it! I was near the back, but I managed to run to the mid-point of the trooper which I was very pleased with as noone round me tried (I think they had more sense!) Amazing views and lots to take your mind off the distance. Must say marshalls were really good - just enough and bless em for standing out in the cold. The excitable ladies handing out the custard creams and jelly babies at teh second water station were a particular highlight and they spurred me on when I needed it most. Now, for the rivier crossing - looked like torture when coming towards it, but once in, it worked as a great ice-bath for my achey calves. All-in-All, I loved this race, well organised and one of the best routes, thank you for re-introducing me to the joy of trails, my trail trainers no longer feel un-loved! Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: I Trooped the Trooper and survived In full: What a brilliant race and enjoyed every minute of it. This was my first Trail Race and what a great one to start with, hill was a killer but plodded up it eventually and the river crossing at the end was brilliant. Normally only do road racing but will fit in other trail races now. Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Hard trail race, but good scenery & a river crossing. In full: Some tough hills, but nice running through a forest of bluebells. Great views from the top of Beacon hill. River crossing very funny. Nice towel in goody bag. Friendly marshals. Annoying I couldn't get a reply to my emails asking if the race was full or not in the week before, as I wanted to check my postal entry had been accepted. Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: Tough, friendly, tough, well organised, tough. In full: Thanks Stainland, my favourite race last year and it will be up there again this year. The marshalls of all ages were great - and there were a good few very young ones. Congrats on providing another great event. Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: Tough hills but worth the effort, brilliant marshalls, faultless organisation, great atmosphere and amazing bluebells. The river crossing is a great finish. My first time today, but will be back next year. Date of review: May 2, 2010