In short: OOOOFF!!!! Tough but worth it!!! In full: Signed up for this as a hill training race for SNOD and it didn't fall short on the hills!!! The course was lovely but the amount of rain in the week prior made it very boggy (knee deep) and very wet in places, very lucky not to lose a shoe at around 5 miles! A dead lamb and the ongoing pheasant shoot also made for extra quirks along the way! The hills were either long or steep or both, however the downs were on the whole runnable without too much of a problem. I would agree with the need for extra water stations on the 16 miler, had a few issues with cramp in the last couple of miles, as it was a pretty sunny day. However, I did know that there were only 3, so could have not been lazy and carried my own. The signs and marshals were on the whole great, however a 4x4 had parked in front of the gate obscuring the sign indicating we needed to go through the gate so nearly took a wrong turn, fortunately the guy behind had run before so knew where to go. Great camaraderie from the rest of the runners, made for a fab Saturday morning jaunt.
Special mention for the medal, I do like a medal, and these are really quirky and unique and a different one for the different distances, Fab!!! Date of review: October 10, 2012
In short: Could quite easily be a classic.. In full: Pros: Amazing Scenery / Friendly banter / A real challenge / Excellent Value / Probably the best medal around!
Cons: Seriously short of water stations. Only 3 visits in 16 long, slow, arduous miles. Signage is limited and more markings are required. I've done about 30 of these trail runs over the last few years and have got lost only 3 times - twice of these have been at Hogweed Muggles.
But it's a great event. I figure if those 2 issues were addressed, it'd be an absolute corker, perhaps my all time favourite. Date of review: October 7, 2012