In short: I was last, but you do get a bigger pudding as consolation! In full: I was invited to enter by a local who was running, so knew nothing about it until I got there. Thought it was some kind of fun-run with a Christmas Pudding at the end... bit wrong there then. Turned up after doing a night-shift, not having run properly for months, to find all these lean and wiry people running around in sub-zero temperatures in shorts?!? Still, never one to back out of anything I ran the thing- was utter torture particularly the really steep (seemed pretty vertical at the time) hill in the middle. Amazing scenery did help, and there was some nice encouragement from the marshals. Needless to say I came last, but with a massive sense of achievement. Training now, and entering again this year :-) Date of review: July 23, 2010
In short: FANTASTIC In full: Very hilly for the first 3-4 miles and on the 4th mile a massive killer hill after that undulating. a fantasic race i loved every minute of it it was the 2nd time i have done it and i knocked 7 minutes off within a year of doing last time! The organisation was great, the marshalls were very supportive and you got a christmas pudding after you finsh! Date of review: June 11, 2010
In short: A fantastic race with some great downhill bits... what hills? In full: I'd been off serious running for a while, but as this was a very loecal race for me, decided to give it a try. At the back of the pack, there was a good atmosphere and a nice welcome at the finish. Yes, it is tough, but very rewarding ! A definate for next year. Date of review: December 16, 2009
In short: You won't find a tougher December race in Lancashire In full: A very demanding course, which is dominated by the older runner year on year. I believe this yearâ€™s top three were all over forty.
The race begins on a slight downward gradient, then you reach Longridge village Centre, at which point you being four miles of up hill struggle that will challenge even the most experienced of runners. And when you think you have conquered the worse they could through at you, you meet Jeffrey Hill. An unforgiving mound of earth which will have you contemplating walking or even giving up and for those that do making it to the top, a view that most raceâ€™s simply cannot compete, as the beautiful Longridge Fell is presented before you.
Not long after this, you reach the four mile point, where after a quick down hill drop, you meet the last of the inclines, which in most years is covered in some form of ice. You are then rewarded for your endeavours with over two miles of down hill running/racing, before crossing the line to be presented with your well deserved Christmas pudding.
In short: The scenery kept me smiling, even if the hills didn't! In full: Tough first half but last couple of miles all down hill. It's worth the effort though for that scenery. Beautiful part of the country. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Love it! In full: Wasn't sure how hard this race was going to be after reading previous year's reviews - it wasn't as hard as I feared. Yes, there are hills until mile 4 / 5 and one particularly challenging climb at mile 4 but there are plenty of downs inbetween to recover and the last 2 miles (which are down hill) are really fun. Really good, friendly race and beautiful part of the world. Date of review: December 13, 2009