In short: hard race but agreat race In full: great race,steep hills,several streams,one knee deep which cooled my legs down for the last km nicely!plenty of marshalls.will defenitly be doing it again next year. Date of review: May 18, 2012
In short: Interesting race but not quite what I was expecting In full: The varied course with plenty of ups and downs, muddy patches, fields, at least 3 or 4 stream crossing (literally through the water to knee height), loose rocks etc made this a memorable. I'm sure plenty of people enjoyed this run and it was well organised with plenty of friendly marshalls but it is not one for everyone particularly if your interested in getting a good time for the distance (9.7km according to me GPS). I was expecting hills but rather naively was expecting more fields, bridal paths, minor roads etc and an easier running surface (made worse by the amount of mud). It was difficult to pass people (particularly during the first couple of km as it was so narrow at points); I spent a fair bit of time just trying to avoid falling over and not twisting my ankle (although I still sprained it in the end despite having no prior problem). I ended up walking up several of the short hills as they were so steep and slippery and everyone around me was doing the same (despite still finishing in the first third) which always seems a shame. I think the race description could have been a bit clearly as well.
As I said, I am sure plenty of people really enjoyed it and will again in the future but it was not really for me. Maybe if it had been dry in the lead up to race it would have made quite a different. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Great Route - Highly recommended if you're looking for a fun cross country. In full: Hugely enjoyable 6 miles. The course has plenty to keep your interest: a few challenging climbs, including a short sharp scree accent near the finish; river crossings; mostly on paths through woodland and fields, with a fairly short road section; and all in beautiful surroundings. The good atmosphere at start and finish, friendly marshalls, and enjoyable finish (if you like sprinting up hills). Somer AC have created an excellent event. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Great fun in the mud... In full: Apparently this was dry last year... The recent weather (course preparation) meant that the course was pretty muddy, essentially everywhere. I counted four stream crossings/wading, culminationg in a nice 30 m stretch near the end to clean the shoes. Good organisaion on the day (and I gather that the venue was changed at shortish notice so well done on that score). Only gripe is a personal one. I am reasonably well built, but I'm not massive, but I find that XL T-shirts from fruit of the loom are not big enough (this is the same at other races too). Please bear this in mind when ordering T-shirts as I don't think it's fair to pay for a T-shirt that I can't wear.
Other than that well done and thanks Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: a great cowpat replacement In full: So glad somer ac managed to find a replacement for the cowpat canter. this race was brilliant. good organisation and goody bag. we managed to lose the race organiser but with everyone in good spirits this didn't put the damper on things. a great course (with jack and jill hill over surprisingly quick) - oh and can't wait to have a go at this one in the mud!!! bring it on again next year somer.... please Date of review: May 15, 2011