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
In short: Slugfest at Whitebrook In full: Dropped another road event on the same day to use this as a fair reflection of the IMUK 70.3 run course which is also off road. This is significantly more challenging which was exactly what I needed :) . Some fast technical descending as well which is quite rare coming from triathlon/road race background. Thought it was going to be dry and wore racing flats = error. Trail shoes only if it hasn't been as dry as a desert.
Well organised friendly event - perfect for beginners but don't let the course scare you off the sport. Course is quite unique (in a good way) and has x2 tough 600ft climbs with 3044ft vertical gain in total. Scenery and support around the course is fantastic - which you need for the second lap.
Other matters of great importance are loos and post race refreshments. Plenty of loos (clean and no queues) with an abundance of cakes, drinks and hot food all of which was deserved post race.
Particularly enjoyed the technical descending and the long climbs that just sap the life out of you.
If you're looking for a PB course this isn't it but offers so much more of an overall challenge. Just over 16mins slower than my 1/2 marathon road time - it was a little long but wasn't a problem - same for everyone else. Not easy but came away with some good war stories for the pub :D
In short: Tough run but great organisation and course In full: My own fault - but I did underestimate this a bit having run 60ish half marathons over the years and it was a last minute decision to enter. The course was excellent (13.6m with my garmin but couldn't care less about that). 1.9m of steady climb is a long way up (especially twice as two loops) and fast descent afterwards. Lovely scenery and very well marshalled with lots of water and jelly babies too ! Date of review: May 20, 2012