In short: Nice but expensive In full: Lovely intro for those looking to do longer hill runs. Nice people and a large event village but I saw a few issues:
1) toilets very far from start. 2) unattended turning near ten mile point. Saw at least ten runners carry straight on instead of turning right. Only 2 small arrow signs guiding runners. 3) finish area confusing. We ran across a red mat at the top of the hill, turned left and carried on through a set of flags and into an open area where i thought we'd finished, but the finish was actually 20 meters past behind a tent. 4) no where to put in discount code when we paid so had to pay full price.
Other than that it was a lovely venue!! Date of review: June 7, 2015
In short: Beautiful but oh man those hills! In full: I ran this with my brother yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful. Easy parking and registration process with in sized waves and friendly, helpful marshals (clear instructions). The course is pretty tough but the scenery is breathtaking. The final hill is brutal, real running through treacle stuff! Utterly exhausted at the end and very satisfied. The event village is pretty good for kids with free bouncy castle and climbing wall. We then went into the park and spent the afternoon, so a great family day out. Will be back next year for sure. Date of review: June 7, 2015
In short: Great Trail experience, beautiful surroundings, mildly challenging In full: Traveled just under 1.5 he's to get to, well signposted, parking free and easy right next to event village. Good atmosphere, a few stalls, Sponsors, food etc. Lits of loos, clean. Easy registration, suorisef wasnt horrendously busy for a RW event but we went in wave 2. Lovely run, scenery great, was dry but prob need trail shoes if there had been lots of rain in previous week, as it was normal rd shoes were fine. Some nice downhill sections and some challenging uphills. Lots of room out on the tracks/trails for manouvre. 2 water stations on the 10k but plastic cups, would have been great to get a bottle to carry, was a hot day. Route signposted and a few marshalls out. Big big uphill the last km, to finish. Fantastic goodie bag, filled up with lots nice bits, lovely 2XU tech T-shirt and medal was OK, nothing great. Event village busy and buzzing after, hot food , beer etc. Will be coming back. Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Nice race but not a half marathon In full: Lovely place, great run, nice people and a packed goody bag. But not a half marathon. My Garmin clocked it at 20.3km, nearly 800m short of the mark. And please - no 'get a life'-style comments or lectures about how GPS devices can be inaccurate - I spoke to others who agreed it was short, and yes, it does matter, not least given the cost of entry - if it says 'half marathon', then it should do what it says on the tin. Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Nice run but not most welcoming In full: Been to a few events now but first by Runners World/Rat Race and was expecting special.Got OK but not very welcoming at registration - need special request for chip ties!Not even cutters on hand at finish.Course and basic organisation OK. Date of review: June 11, 2014
In short: Tough hills but top trails and scenery - just what you want for a trail run In full: My first off-road event so didn't really know what to expect. Due to recent wet weather, if you were not in trail shoes, then the boggy bits would have claimed your "normal" running shoes (I saw 2 victims...!!) Although the hilly bits were tough going, you could look forward to the downhill bits too! The very last grassy hill before the finish really zapped your legs right before the end (thanks for that!) but overall this is a very slick event that merits another go next year! Go for the early bird discount if you are put off by the price tag - it's well worth it when you finish the course!! Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: A hot day In full: Everyone in the Event Village seemed helpful. Race Marshals were smiley and encouraging. Lack of supporters around the course made it quite lonely running at times and only two water stations on the course on what turned out to be a very hot day. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: Hot but great scenery In full: First time doing a trail race and really enjoyed it, even though it was hard work in the heat.
Pros - Well organised and plenty of parking. - Small number of people in each wave (not sure what the max. capacity was for each wave) so quickly into running stride. - Fantastic scenery running through the forest. - Some shade from the heat. - Good marshals. - Packed goody bag.
Cons - Who put that hill at the end?!? - Small waves meant few runners were visible as you ran round the course, which may not appeal to everyone.
Would I recommend it? At the Early Bird price, definitely.
Would I do it again? Roll on 2015... Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: More races should be like this In full: Loved the scenery, loved the terrain, loved the tough but achievable challenge. I run a lot of road races and although the crowds are great etc etc at those events, I just loved being set free in the forest. I especially enjoyed it when it got a bit wet and muddy. This is what trail running is all about. It was hot but the trees helped shield from the sun and the start time was sensibly early. Also the marshals were very good. The only gripe I have is that the official time seems to be the race time rather than the chip time. I started at the back and my watch had me running two minutes quicker than what it said on the website. Usually events have both a 'race time' and a 'chip time' but not here. Has anyone else noticed this? If you aren't going to publish chip times then why have chips? Date of review: June 9, 2014