In short: Challenging course but lots of fun In full: This is actually reviewing 2012 race but that wasn't an option above.
After a few 'normal' road 5K's, 10K's, Half Marathons and a Marathon, I decided to try something different... and it was definitely that. A tough 2 mile ascent to start with, followed by 3 miles of udulating grass, mud, gravel, farm path terrain, and a very welcome steep 1 mile decent to finish.
The mud was pretty bad but it had been dry most of the week including race day so could have been a lot worse... or more fun depending on how you want to look at it. The marshalls were excellent with every one of them cheering on the runners and teasing us we were over the worst of the mud when there was clearly much more to come.
No medal or t-shirt at the end, but entrance fee kept to a minimum as a result which is great. A cup of soup and a roll went down very nicely instead. Also, they were typing in the finishing times as people were coming through so you could find out your 'official' time straight after and they had results on the website the same day which isn't always the case with non-chip timed events.
Overall, a very friendly, well organised race, and despite the hills and mud, popular with local non-club runners / beginners as well.
Disappointed with my time this year which makes me even more determined to come back next year and try again! Date of review: November 19, 2012