In short: Good fun with some challenging inclines. In full: This trail run is all about enjoying yourself - the styles, kissing gates and road crossings combined with some killer hills put pay to any PB ambitions - but it was really enjoyable. Terrific. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Lost and DNF! In full: My own fault really, I had nobody in front of me and I missed a turn over a pedestrian bridge which may or may not have had signs who knows, ended up a long way from the correct route. It is a trail marathon and I should have taken a map, sorry to the 2 runners who followed me. At mile 12 on my own route knee gave up and a kindly marshal drove me the last mile. My first DNF.
Tougher than I thought it would be. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Tough half marathon but in pleasant surroundings. Found last 3 mlies hard going after a never-ending climb at about mile 10. Took wrong turning twice as not fully marshalled event. Great flapjacks at the end. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Tough all terrain half marathon, really friendly and nice atmosphere In full: I really enjoyed this, it was a challenging course with lots of long gradual (and not so gradual) hills but a great atmosphere and lots of support from fellow runners. This is another example of why smaller events are usually so much more rewarding than bigger, more polished races.
That said, I do have a couple of complaints. First is that although we were warned that the course wasn't fully marshalled there were some points of the course where the lack of both marshalls and signs made progress pretty dodgy - I started trotting off in completely the wrong the direction at one point and was saved by a fellow runner calling me back. The second is that it would have been useful if the marshals, although very positive and friendly, also had an idea of where they were on the race course. There were no mile markers so a bit guidance from the marshals would have been a help. Unfortunately they eiether offered no assistance or inaccurate info. It was a bit annoying, considering it was such a tough challenge. Date of review: May 6, 2012