In short: It is Tuesday and it has been bucketing down with rain....but.. In full: I am still smiling remembering Sunday and one of my favourite races of the year. This is a fantastic 10m course with a bit of everything and always lashings of mud somewhere on the course. A real test, but so rewarding with varied terrain and views, and the race has my favourite finish. Firstly the panoramic views as you run along the ridge and then helter-skelter down through the woods and then opens out so you run down the path through the vines and always a treat to be greeted by the race director on the finish line - fab! Thanks to all at ETL, your events are consistently professional and slick and always with a twinkly of a sense of fun. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Super scenery over Ranmoor Common and a course that offers a real test of hill training. Great start location at Denbies and the tough start uphill is happily compensated by the downhill finish. Most enjoyable race of the year. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: A typical joyful ETL event In full: A beautiful 10 mile race set on the North Downs. Multi terrain including roads, mud, woodland, and grassland. Perfectly organised by ETL. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Tough hills, amazing scenery, great crowd support and friendly In full: First two miles are straight up, tough start and a killer hill around mile 7. The last 2 miles are the reverse of the first two so a really nice fast finish. Apart from that lots of water & gel/jelly baby stations in the right places. Good support around the route and great organisation + plenty of car parking. Scenery is amazing. Always nice to get a finishers medal, was the only thing missing! Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Hilly! In full: A very challenging event with lots of hills that will make you grit your teeth and dig deep at times. Another great ETL race that ticks all the boxes, great t-shirt. Thank You as always Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: Friendly, well organised race with fantastic scenery In full: A wonderful scenic race with great atmosphere. Everyone extremely friendly. As always the organisation from Alan, Nicky and the ETL Team was brilliant. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a pleasure to run. Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: Slippery When Wet !! In full: As someone has already said, this was a blast from my past and took me back 30 years to running cross-country races at school ! A great event, expertly organised - small enough to be personal and friendly, but big enough to have atmosphere and commeraderie (sp ?!).
I welcomed that commeraderie at 4.5 miles - I was realy enjoying the race by then, and was pleased I had negotiated the steep descent, but then slipped fell quite badly on a cocrete / muddy farm track. Lots of blood on my knee, hands and elbow - but better than that was lots of people running past asking if I was OK. Someone told the next marshall who came to find me to see if I was alright. That support was much needed and I limped to the St Johns people at the 5m waterstation who patched me up enough for me to complete the next 5 miles (admittedly in some pain!). Was very pleased to finish in 1:37, factoring in those hills, my fall and the 5 minutes with St Johns...
Great race, great fun - cheers Alan, Nicky et al.... Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: Up, up, up, down, down, down and repeat.... In full: While running this race, which is cheekily called undulating by Alan and Nicky, I was reminded of the theme tune to the film Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines with the chorus (and a small tweak or two) the race can be summed up as follows....Those magnificent runners in their flying machines, they go up tiddly up up, they go down tiddly down down. Up, down, running around, looping the loop and defying the ground. They're all frightfully keen, those magnificent runners in their flying machines.
I am no good running downhill in slippery mud but where we hit really boggy parts the squelchy mud as we ran through it did make wonderful slurping noises I have rarely heard since making clay pots at junior school.
To the ETL team thank you for the sunshine, the wonderful marshals and a really good fun morning. A bit like the war we won't mention the brambles. Date of review: October 21, 2013