In short: Great Local Cross Country Race In full: Second time running this race, this year the change in course made it a more challenging race. The support from the marshals was great, the weather beautiful. The race was great, hills, trails, mud and lung aching hard at times. I really enjoyed it.
In short: A challenge -as the name suggests In full: When I registered for this five-mile event, I underestimated what was in store. It's a mostly woodland run, with some steep climbs and descents on trails covered with wet autumn leaves. Today there were at least a couple of quagmires to contend with too, and the last few hundred metres were through thick wet grass. I found the terrain demanding, but it was an enjoyable run on a glorious autumn morning. It's not the longest of runs, but a challenge it certainly is. The organisation was fine and the marshals efficient and supportive. Date of review: November 11, 2012
In full: not realy an off road runner,but this is such an enjoyable event with great marshals and a nice feel that i travel a long way to run it. hope to be back in 2013.. Date of review: November 11, 2012
In short: A tough race with the combination of mub and hills but thoroughly enjoyable. Would definately recommend spikes if you have them as i was slipping all over the place and i think this cost me second place! Nice boot bag memento too. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: The hills were tougher than I rememered In full: This was my second comeback race and I found it a lot tougher than I remembered. Probably because I'm not as fit as I used to be. The hills were steeper and longer than I expected. The race is run on rememberance Sunday. And before the start their was one or two minutes silence. I arrived at the start with about 30 seconds to spare. Due to turning up late. The race started straight after the silence. The field set off on some well trodden grass which made it very muddy and slippy. I think a race was held there the day before. The first 1/2 mile was also the last 1/2 mile and it was good fun trying to stay upright as I was flat out for the finish. After the first mile on grass you have a short streatch of tarmac, which leads you to a hill and out of the park onto a golf course. I know this was going to be harder from that point as the hill was steeper than I expected. We was quickly across the trail and into the woods. There was lots of muddy puddles but it was easy to go around them and not lose anytime. Then the hills came quick and often. A couple of the hills were a little slippy but with a little care you was able to take them without slowing. The course was well marked,and had mile markers every mile. And lots of marshalls to help you on your way. It was nice to hear the marshall at the top of the last hill tell me it was easier from there. The trails were wide so overtaking wasn't a problem. After the last hill it was back across the golf course on a nice flat then gently down hill section. before you rentered the park for the last mile, returning the oppisite way back to the start, finish area. There was Gaterade for all finishers. And a bootbag for a momento. After a short walk back to the clubhouse. There was a buffet of sandwiches and other bits and loads of cakes and drinks. A big thank you to everyone who made this race possible. And a very big thank you to Colin the race organiser who emailed me the results because my computer wouldn't open the ones on the website.
In short: Mud and hills; the clue is in the name of the race! In full: I last did this race 4 years ago and I had conveniently forgotten about the hills. I did struggle but that's my fault as I hadn't done enough hill training. Its a great race, well organised from start to finish, through lovely countryside. The marshalls were really encouraging, to slow runners like myself and thankyou for the shoe bag; a great memento of the day. Date of review: November 15, 2010