In short: Hilly and muddy, but well worth it. In full: This is a fantastic race. As long as you're prepared for mud and hills (and ice this year), you'll love it. The scenery is fabulous and it's well marshaled.
My only complaint is that the course too often becomes bottle-necked. This happened getting out of the starting field this year, then there are reasonably lengthy queues getting over stiles and some of the track later on is single file only.
But, I forgive all of that because the course and how it makes you feel (at the end!) is superb. Not a fast course, but a very worthwhile one. Date of review: February 15, 2012
In short: You won't get a PB but you will enjoy, try it, even if you only do it once In full: Great run, very friendly, difficult climbs but also very fast downhill sections so all in all really good fun day out. 1st on my list every year Date of review: February 13, 2012