In short: A tough trail run, test your hill strength In full: I read the review by PharmaSi for the 2014 run and totaly agree with the comments. I have done several Trail Half Marathons but found this the toughest (and most rewarding). A brief summary of my experiences: From the start is was straight up a hill, down through woods to a nice strech along the River Wye which was single file for a long way with some muddy sections and long grass. At the end of the river section you start a deciving flat track section which then takes you to the dreaded long incline. At the top, the 10k runners went straight ahead and the half marathoners were cruelly forced to negotiate a hill section through muddy woods. Nearly got lost at one point at the top of the woods as an inviting asphalt road lay ahead but a very well hidden red arrow on a tree about 60 metres to the left in the woods (better arrows needed here next year please) indicated the route. Joined back onto the forestry track with the 10k runners and then downhill through muddy trails to the start. Twice around for the half marathoners. Good event atmosphere but I was really disappointed that I have nothing to show for my efforts, a medal or a tee shirt would have been great and I would be happy to pay an increased entrance fee to get these. The race numbers given to us were made of paper and so a combination of tears, sweat and the rain destroyed my race number after about 11km. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: Mudfest! With added hills. In full: Great race through mud, long grass, woods, up a killer hill (twice for the half marathon), down a breakneck descent and then a sprint to the finish for cake and drinks. Fantastic stuff! Really well organised and friendly race. My only slight gripe is that after such a slog I'd have liked a medal or t-shirt to remember it by. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: Hilly and tough In full: On the plus side the organization was good and it's a very nice race although tough. On the negative side, only one single toilet, Car parking was about half mile away. The tea/coffee was expensive, And if you were lucky enough to finish in time for a medal and T shirt, they both had the date 2012. They were last years medal and T shirt. Not good at all. Date of review: June 19, 2013
In short: Great race in spectacular surroundings with cheering marshals & nice cake. In full: Back for my 3rd time. Again a new course with a little extra climb at the top along a twisty path through bluebell woods before rejoining the main track, water & down the breakneck descent. Conditions this year were superb & the new start/finish meant it was downhill all the way home :) Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: A challenging run in absolutely beautiful surroundings around the river Wye. A great event run by the local community but very well organised In full: This is a cracking race! I did a HIM 70.3 in Oct 11 and am doing another in Spet 12 and this was a great way to get me back into my training program. It's a tough race in terms of hills and terrain but the surroundings are absolutely stunning and the organisers were incredibly suportive, welcoming, friendly and fun. All proceeds are put back into the local community so this isn't a case of a man trying to make a buck. The refreshments tent (which served the much needed post race tea, cakes, drinks and BBQ) was all in aid of an Oprhanage in Africa, providing even more of a community feel.
Dont't let that subtract however from the level of competiotion in the race which was very high with some serious athletes competing. But also ranging to those taking it less seriously and some participating in canicross (being pulled around by dogs!). They are started at separate times to the pure runners in case you were wondering!
I understand that next year they may be offering a 10km race (or quarter marathon) as well as the half marathon and this will offer the perfect blend for all given that this is not an easy half marathon which may scare some off.
I would 100% recommend this race to others! Date of review: May 23, 2012
In short: what a hill. In full: This has to be one of the toughest half marathons going. That hill is a killer, especially as you have to do it twice. The down hill was just as tuff because it was through woodland. It was well organized and the marshals were friendly and encouraging. Definately one everyone should do at least once. Go on I dare you!!! Date of review: May 22, 2012