In short: It was like going back to school & doing cross country again. In full: All of my previous runs, either 10K or half, have been on road so this was a new experience for me, mostly grass and track. The hill just before 4k is quite intimidating especially running on grass surface for the 1st time, and the section around 7-8km in the woods was quite treacherous. Thanks to No.147(or 174, chap in a Blue Ronhill shirt) who I was using as a marker for my pace, and ended up sprinting the last 60m against. I enjoyed the experience of different terrains, not sure if I'll do it again though. Date of review: September 26, 2006
In short: Very tough but very nice event In full: This was a really nice fun day out, the race atmosphere was very beginner friendly but the course wasn't. It was run mostly on grass and muddy tracks which were particularly muddy and treacherous because of the heavy downpour in the morning. It was a real hard slog and I hope it doesnt deter too many people from doing more runs. They are not all as tough as this. I honestly found this much harder than the Bristol half marathon last week. And my time was much slower than my 10k split in the half. Date of review: September 25, 2006
In short: This is really a cross-country course, tough for beginners. In full: The course is mostly on grazed and uneven pasture in the parkland around Ragley Hall. Some of the course is through woodland, but on tracks suitable for the gamekeepers to get thier quad bikes, not for running. On the day of the race the ground was very dry, and the uneven underfoot conditions made this very testing to run on. I lost count of the number of times I turned my ankle or tripped on lumps of ground. There were some very testing hills, and these would ruin any chance of a PB. I don't want to sound elitist, but this is a charity fun run for those who want to jog round, finish and raise sponsorship money. If you treat it as that, it's a fine event. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Was mostly grass running with some very tough hills. In full: I anticipated running this race at around the 50 minute mark. However due to some very tough hills during the first 4K I managed to get just under the hour (58 minutes).
The event was very well run, but the course was mostly run on grass which was very un-even with some troublesome pot holes.
All in all a good run, but no PB potential here I'm afraid. Date of review: September 26, 2005