In short: Hills, hills and more hills, with some fantastic scenery thrown in for good measure. In full: A nice little bimble around Gibside estate, the trees in November all multicoloured which gives the feeling of running around a picture postcard.
It's a toughy, starting in the middle of the hill, working your way to the top of the ridge, back down to the stream at the bottom, then a long climb back to the top again before finishing on a wide grassy avenue back down in the middle of the hill. Date of review: September 5, 2009
In short: The first hill is really tough - but the second one is so hard that it makes you forget the first! In full: Even with the very wet conditions underfoot, the trails were easy enought to run on - mind you, it helps that they have improved a lot of the paths over the last few years.
There is only one reason why you might get a PB on this one, though - if it is the only race of this length that you run! Two killer hills for the price of one.! Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: definitely not flat In full: The hills are very tough, but the scenery is beautiful and it's quite special running to the finish line between the avenue of magnificent oak trees. The marshalls were encouraging too and Gibside loos are lovely, warm and clean! Loved the T shirt. Date of review: November 8, 2005
In short: If you manage these hills, you'll manage any In full: A really well organised event in a lovely setting. The marshalls are great too, full of encouragement, which is just what you need when struggling up the steep parts. Great T-shirt too. Muddy good fun! Date of review: November 7, 2005