In short: TOUGH!!!!! In full: Tough, Muddy, Tough, Hilly, Tough, Boggy, Tough, Fell-Over-Twice, Tough, Ran-into-a-Tree, Tough, Tough, Tough!!!!
That pretty much sums it up!
Not done it before and the lashing rain on the day and weeks of rain and snow previously made conditions underfoot horrendous. Was glad to get round unscathed, sore hip for a few days after but no lasting damage!
I would consider the weather before running this again next year, 2 falls on my a**e hard and massive bruise on the precipice, it was like an ice rink but on a vertical hill!
Great organisation, great people, tough course!!! Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Hills, mud, more mud....the great outdoors In full: First time for me and not disappointed. Great fun! Big thanks to the marshalls who endured wind & rain to keep us on track. Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: (Hill, mud, muddy hill) and repeat In full: A real test of strength and stamina. Great scenery but you'd've had to stop to look or risk slipping over. Great organisation, cheerful wet marshals, never a dull moment. I'll be back next year. Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: At least it wasn't too hot, or flat, or dry...... In full: An absolute classic event but not for the faint-hearted, or those who like to keep clean and dry. Conditions were horrid, sleet/rain and high winds on the top. All credit to the Organisers and the unsung heroes - the Marshalls, stood freezing, but always encouraging, top people. Next year is 25th DD, will be entering early!!!
In short: Wet, muddy and marvellous In full: Mud mud, glorious mud! Awful conditions but fantastic atmosphere. Friendly encouraging marshals and even a few hardy spectators to cheer us on. Jelly Babies most welcome after the ropes! Definitely be back next year and will definitely be wearing off-road shoes!!! Thank you Dursley AC. Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: it was billed as the hardest race ever and it is one of the hardest i've done In full: Never ran this race before but had heard lots of good things about it and they were all true :-)Brilliantly organised marshals were great under terrible conditions ! Lots of hills,so much mud,and plenty of rain i had a awesome time!! Loved every minute of it! I will be back next year Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Toughest, But Best race around. In full: Hideous conditions made this a real toughie this year, but still best race around. Special thanks to marshalls & jelly babies. Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Insane. In full: Awful conditions made this really tough. Endless mud. Impossible hills. Wind and rain. Every mile seemed like 2. Great tea and cakes at HQ. showers were cold at an early stage which was a shame. A special mention to Dave who spent ages helping me and others get our atrophied shoes off at the race HQ. marshalling generally awesome on a rubbish day weather wise. Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Hardest race around! In full: The hardest race around was even harder this year - with torrential rain, knee-deep mud, and truly extraordinary hills - half the course was unwalkable, let alone unrunnable. This was the hardest 12 miles imaginable. Fortunately it was also the well organised and had great marshaling. I will definitely be running this one next year. Date of review: February 10, 2013