In short: Hip(po) hip(po) horray! In full: What a cracking little race! Ticks all the right boxes for anyone looking for a small, fun, friendly, challenging, scenic, well organised race. Great route that kept you guessing throughout with "thoughtful"(!) touches, such as the muddy crawl under a cargo net in Landrover Experience, the waist deep muddy sump, the chest deep river crossing, the piles of grit to jump across and the lovely meander through a primrose and daffodil strewn garden. Cannot fault the organisation - everything from the signage to the provision of changing facilities, post-race massage and superb quality refreshments for a donation all helped to make this race shoot to the top of my all-time favourite off road runs. Thanks - will be back next year! Date of review: April 17, 2013
In short: One of my favourite ever races! In full: I loved todays race and getting wet and muddy. The river crossings and deep puddles were such fun! Not one to do if you're aiming for a good time - it's far too hilly for that, but if you want mud, fun and a happy feeling at the end then it's perfect. I'll be back next year! x Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: hard going muddy fun In full: Near 7.5 miles of deep mud, chest deep water and tough hills. Proud of just finishing but need some trail shoes for next year. I might stay upright for a bit longer. Marshallls all friendly, organisation spot on. Good fun Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: A hard, hilly race but great fun and beautiful scenery In full: It is quite a small field, mostly made up of running clubs, still very friendly though. The race is very very hilly in the first half. A demon ascent for most of the first half and the annoyance of going down, but then back up again. Still, after that it's very enjoyable, interesting terrain with beautiful views. River crossings are quite tame but nice and refreshing. Date of review: May 11, 2012
In short: Tough first half with a bit of recovery time for the final water crossings In full: Every type of terrain you could squeeze into 7 (& a bit) miles. Nice touch with the hands & knees river section. Well marshalled & nice touch with hippo shaped biscuits & tea, coffees for a donation. Done dozens of off roaders & this is probably one of the best Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: By no means easy, but well worth the effort In full: My brother invited me to this as he lives nearby, I checked the route and thought why not it looks a good, short (7.25M) but probably a bit steep course with a bit of novelty mud and river crossings for a laugh. In the end I would say I was guilty of rather underestimating it.
It's down towards Exeter so you know its going to be a bit hilly. But I saw the hill from a good few miles away. Race was a downhill for half a mile and then it just climbed and climbed through some road, then a lovely bit of sludgy woodland, then a seemingly endless ascent through more mud, rocks and woodland. The views off the hill were phenomenal scenes of rolling English countryside. Just when I crested the hill and descended the view was breathtaking, then abruptly turned off and we went straight back up the hill again. Very tough going, but good, gritty fun. The ascents were tough, the descents were also steep and tricky and led straight to the first limbo through a massive, muddy puddle. Then a lovely descent through farms, narrow country lanes, orchards and a lovely flower lined lane.
Then the last mile or two with a handful of turnstiles, some banking and two and a half river crossings before a final sharp hill to the finish.
Exhausting, challenging, awesome. I had a smile on my face for about 3/4 of the race. If you've got a good level of fitness and love a bit of messy racing you will love, and I mean LOVE, this. Don't come for a goody bag or a fancy medal, come here for the pure love of great countryside, a bit of comedy getting soaked and muddy and most importantly some good, challenging, cross country running. I'll be back next year, no doubt. Perhaps with a bit more hill training before the next one...