In short: Friendly and down to Earth In full: The woods around Crowthorne are very pretty, and, although the sharp hills and small paths prevent any chance of a PB, the race was friendly and fun.
For what it's worth, here is my advice:
1) If distance markers are not possible, the marshals should announce how far we have come/still to go. 2) Whilst the small paths through woods add to the fun, the finish should have been on one of the long straights. 3) The three laps should have been the same, especially as the race is not any particular distance ("5 mile and a bit")
In short: Friendly and well organised In full: I did all three of these races in the Woodland 5 series. The first was after days of downpours and resulted in a mud bath,, the second and final were dry but the last race had a slightly shorter course of about 300 metres we think, this was due to some logging that had taken place which blocked some of the original track.
Overall it had great organisation and marshalling with a friendly atmosphere on a challenging course
In short: A good evening trial run In full: An enjoyable run, set in nice woodlands. Interesting route with a couple of breaktaking hills (!!). Good number & mix of runners made it a good evening`s run. Good organisation. Well done. Date of review: August 1, 2008
In short: My kind of race, loads of fun ! In full: This was my kind of race! Mud, big puddles, a tree trunk to jump over,a nice muddy bank to scrabble up and all in a cool woodland setting. A bit like a mini Hartshill Heartbreaker (one of my all time favourite races) Great fun ! Date of review: August 6, 2007
In short: Varied and challenging woodland experience! In full: Enjoyable early evening jaunt through Berkshire's muddy woodland! ... cant help thinking though that a single loop course rather than a three lap affair would improve the race but I guess limited club resources make a three lap race easier to manage ... especially appreciated the friendly and relaxed organisation and the dedication of the marshals who stood their ground in such inclement weather!! ... well done everyone ... looking forward to drier 2nd/3rd races ... Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: Tough, unique and unpredictable all set in a wonderful forest. In full: A great atmosphere with plenty of marshalls to guide the way through the network of forest paths (and to give much appreciated support). Good for spectators as the race criss-crosses over a couple of major path junctions. Hard to predict how far along the course you are since it's full of winding paths and undulating terrain and it's probably more like 5.5 miles than 5. Organisation was good - taped course when necessary, toilets and drinks convenient. Very enjoyable. Date of review: May 31, 2007