In short: really pretty course, really achey legs! In full: Good mixture of scenery and terrain - woodland, moors, canal towpaths oh yeah and one of the biggest sewerage farms i've ever seen! Some biggish hills, but made tougher by the terrain (quite muddy in places) Was a really slow race for me - but was a good course, and reckon i'll be back next year Date of review: April 7, 2008
In short: Fantastic race (even for us walkers) In full: Its a tough course and I don't think its suitable for beginners! How the runners do it I don't know?! It was nice to see that the runners (maybe only one's not competing for prizes) thanked us when we moved aside for them and they also cheered us on! Course is challenging but great fun. Would have preferred a t-shirt but the mug looks great on my desk at work. Not so sure I liked the fact that they started packing up before everyone finished though! Date of review: April 7, 2008
In short: A varied terrain makes for a fun run In full: Great weather this yr, a sunny interval between the hail and snow was very welcome - though made it hard to know what to wear. The marshalls were great - kept you well on track and words of encouragement. I preferred the mug to a t-shirt as last years was a horrible colour (personal opinion) and lives in the bottom of my drawer. Start was a bit of a jostle, not sure why so many people wanted to go so fast up that first hill ! Date of review: April 6, 2008
In short: A challenging 1/2 M not for the faint hearted! In full: The start could have been better marked i was told the start was at the top not at the bottom. I know it is a hard job collated all the results and the presentation was held up by 45 mins which seemed a bit chaotic. Could have been better organised overall. A map of the actual route would online would have been very helpful, i am not local and travelled 60 miles to this race. Overall a very scenic tough route which i would do again!! Would prefer a tshirt to a mug though this would be a shirt to show off from time to time!! Date of review: April 6, 2008
In short: Good fun, beautiful scenery + picturesque sewage works, the boggy run across the moors was energy-sapping. One negative: first water station immediately before a metal gate/stile mean you couldn't get the water down while climbing. Date of review: April 6, 2008
In short: Superb, Fun and Enjoyable In full: Clubby atmosphere with LOTS of AC runners in this event which leaves very few vacancies for outside runners to come along. However, I did not feel like an outsider and was given respect all along the route.
Very long walk downhill to the start line which was very cramped (hense only 400). Not only did that mean a big hill right at the beginning, but the family had a hell of a walk back after the start :)
BOGGY ? I have never seem boggy like this before. The last 4 miles were boggy HELL, but it took your mind of the huge last hill. - great fun :)
One big draw back in my opinion is the lack of medal and t-shirt. Because after running a gruelling 13 miles in multi terrain, I would at least expect a medal or t-shirt. Ended up with a grotty old mug worth 40p and a mini chocolate bar. It was not even a full size bar. I like to get my hands on tangible momentos - and for that reason only, I will not be entering next year. (I don't think - watch this space).