In short: Tough In full: Harder than the Welsh RTT. Some very narrow paths with limited space for passing people. Very muddy, train shoes weren't grippy enough on the hills, use fell running studs. Disappointed that there were no results and as well as the expensive entry fee the organisers definitely expect you to raise sponsorship monies Date of review: November 28, 2012
In short: One for the off-road trainers! In full: Just seen the montage clip for this which reminded me I hadn’t done a race review for it which I meant to.
This was the first time the race had been put on and fair play to the event organisers, especially as it was done by a charity and not a running club, the organisation was bloody spot on. An off road 14 mile run over mountains, down mountains, through lanes and across fields, there was a marshal at every turning. Plenty of drink stations, though I can’t remember at what miles, but I think there were at least 3 of them.
The course is tough. For anyone who has done the N Wales Race the Train, this is tougher! We’re talking big hills, muddy tracks and rough terrain, and then some more … You get to see some fantastic views though.
There was only a small field this year but I think the race wouldn’t be spoiled if the field grew as the first few miles are across fields so enough distance to spread the runners out. If you’re a medal lover, there was a medal at the end and a lovely bit of food laid on.
Really good event, well done Cotswold Care Hospice.
If anyone is interested in seeing what it was like, this is a link to a montage video:
In full: this has potential to be terrific event.would say the course itself is even more attractive and challenging than the tywyn original.however,a couple of criticisms.firstly,appart from the start and finish runners did not get to see the train at all on route.more importantly,the organisers had no interest in having results for this event with no one at the finish to record runners finishing times. this has the potential to be something quite special.what i would say-encourage this event to grow in size and aim for hundreds to do it and put just as much emphasis on the competitive element rather than solely being a fundraising event Date of review: October 16, 2012