In short: Cold, wet and muddy fun In full: This is a brilliant race. Much muddier than last year and the streams were full, which made it a bit harder, but still great fun. The course is fairly gentle for the first 6-7k and then - ouch - the last bit up through the muddy field comes as a real shock!
The number of knackered but smiling faces at the end demonstrates what a good race this is - a must for anyone in the area! Date of review: December 3, 2012
In short: Sticky mud, icy streams, killer hill at ~4.5 miles but marvellous fun! In full: Really friendly; both runners and marshalls gave loads of encouragement to this old(er) runner trying out a cross country for the first time! Loved the soup at the end and proud of my mug. Date of review: December 3, 2012
In short: One of the best In full: I return every year to run this race. It is now easier with the ditches nearer the end rather then first. A bit disappointed they were not full with water this time round.This must be one of the friendliest races . Keep up the good work and look forward to running the 10K again in July Date of review: December 8, 2011
In short: Friendly race set among nice scenery In full: The 10min walk to the start means this is not really a race for the spectators (especially little ones).
Everything else was really good though - well organised and friendly, with a nice scenic route taking you through the forest. After a pretty firm and gravelly 7/8k, the ditches and slog up the muddy field came as a bit of a shock!
A agree, the wrong date on the mug is endearing. It also meant i didn't have to train on the 5th as i'd already done 5.3 miles!! Date of review: December 6, 2011
In short: Enjoyable XCODE course In full: First XC since school which is more years ago than I care to remember. First four miles gives a false sense of security as the last mile with ditch jumps and a steep muddy field were energy sapping. Shame the finishing gift had the wrong date on it ! All in all a well organised good race. Date of review: December 4, 2011
In short: Certainly got the pulse racing ...! In full: A great XC which was generally flat and fast, with one energy sapping muddy field at the end! Good organisation, but with a 10 minute walk to the start a baggage drop at the race start would have been particularly welcome! Suprising it was a 'leave on the side at the start at your own risk'... hmmmm not likely! Meant for a long walk back getting cold. Despite this a great XC. Many thanks to the organisers for rescheduling after the Dec cancellation. Really enjoyed it and will be back in December 2011! Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Great course and well organised In full: Good venue. Great course on excellent trails and nice fast finish. Very well marshalled. Bonus to have hot showers at the end. Date of review: March 13, 2011