In short: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear In full: Erm, well that was interesting, being that was my first cross country half and my second half overall...very interesting, unexpected. 10 out of 10 for humour value mind me and my running partner had just about given up the will to live as we approached the 4th muddy ploughed field, but burst into fits of laughter to save us from crying! Definately not for the faint hearted, the head wind was a bit nasty running up that hill, overall though an interesting and unforgettable experience... Date of review: January 14, 2009
In short: ruddy muddy In full: Did this last year and was pleasantly suprised to find even more mud this year - a hard run, over some of the fields it was easier to walk than run, especially when the mud made my feet twice the size and five times as heavy - on the bright side when it came off and we ran along the trails i felt like i was running on air! Really good value race with loads of cake and drinks, good goodie bag, - and apart from the one marker that must have got blown off, incredibly well marked - road races seem a breeze after these conditions!
In short: Mud glorious mud In full: This race was a difficult one. I'd say there was a headwind for a generous %50 of it. There was also plenty of mud with all the ploughed fields that people have mentioned. You can add a good few minutes to your time shaking the mud off your shoes. Don't expect to run as quick as you will a road race, it is a lot tougher. The race ended up being closer to 14 miles so you got an extra mile for your eight pounds, not bad at 57 pence a mile!! there were a generous number of water stops with the majority also serving up mars bars, buscuits and some rum laced christmas cake to make your legs even more wobbly for the muddy fields. A free brew at the end along with a pack that puts some expensive races to shame made this a worthwhile race. Think the embroidered towel will come in handier than a ghastly xxl t-shirt! Date of review: January 11, 2009
In short: Challenge and Tough In full: Never Say Never Again but I was wrong althrough its tougher with Wind behind us(STRONG) and running on foot a bit differncult while running.But get this 2009 the best Cross Country for 13miles and I really enjoy it and the time was better then thought and Well Done Steve Thacker from Ropsley Club and Family?
I'll be back next year Roll on more Ropsley Run this year??
WELL DONE TO ALL and Prilent Towels Date of review: January 11, 2009
In short: Seemed tougher than last year, those ploughed fields! In full: Great race well organised. There was a bit of tape missing in the last field, didn't know whether I was on the right track. Liked the idea of the field with the horses, which were instructed to stampede the runners. This gave it a krypton factor feel.. Excellent race good value for money.
Please tie the horses up next year!! Date of review: January 11, 2009
In short: Hard but fair. In full: My first trail race and I still haven't stopped grinning.
I went for the six mile option due to the festive excesses. Over the course of these six miles, I fell over, got lost twice, and almost lost my shoe over the ploughed field. Absolutely ace! Good organisation and a lovely course. You just need your eyes on the stripy ribbons marking the course and also on the ground to check where you're putting your feet. Will be back next year for the 13. Date of review: January 11, 2009
In short: Great race, great organisation and very kind finish In full: A good off-roader that was more than manageable - except for the muddy fields (advice on how to get through them would be gratefully received!).
One minor problem being one of the last field based paths which seemed not to be marked by the red and white tape - I took two goes and am still not sure the last route was the right one. But - it didn't spoil the run, just lost me a few minutes and places.
I will be back next year ... Date of review: January 11, 2009