In short: 2014 review. Nice low-key event In full: My review is for 2014, but the year was not selectable in the list.
This cross country course had not been adversely affected by the overnight rain. Pleasant scenery throughout.
Despite the small field of around 150 runners, the first kilometer was somewhat cramped. The need for single file, and a steep downhill section made it very much a safety-first start to the race, rather than an all-out charge.
Spectators were few and far between. Marshalls were present at every important point, and ranged from silent to vociferous support.
Parking was sufficient, and well marshalled. Toilet facilities were limited to 3 portaloos, but that proved to be just about enough. Could have been a struggle if a few more people turned up though.
The start line was a five minute walk from the car park / registration tent. This came as a little surprise, as we nearly left it a bit too late.
The PA at the start was fine for half the runners, but not clearly audible at the back of the pack.
Goody bag was an energy gel and a powdered drink sachet, plus a nice certificate. Finishing times ranged up to an hour. Water and sports drink available from kegs in the finish area.
Seemingly not UKA licensed, so won't count towards your runbritainrankings.
On the whole, I very much enjoyed this different race, and hope to do it again. A more substantial goody bag, and appearing on runbritainrankings would be a welcome added value. Date of review: October 9, 2014
In short: Tough 6k in beautiful shropshire countryside In full: Well organised friendly 6k in aid of cancer charities. Marshals were great and supportive, weather glorious and course thankfully dry. A couple of tough hills including the "bite" but nothing too bad - definitely not going to be a PB though. Chip timing, celebratory starter (!), decent medal and certificate all at a reasonable price. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: The wetter it is the better this gets! Great race as always. In full: Well organised and marshalled. Great course a bit of everything - and Steve Bull (Wolves legend) to start the race. Apologies to Don Goodman who has started the race for the past few years but Bully just pips you in the legend stakes - although would have been nice to see him put his trainers on and 'ave a goo! Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Tough, but fab little race. In full: Friendly organisers & great marshals. In fact, never seen such enthusiastic marshals, despite the fact they were standing in the rain! Tough, muddy, slippy race in places. But a great course. Quite odd running through a leek field! The smell was lovely....Made me want to pull a few up & make a salad! Nice pub venue for prize giving. Unusual cartoon memento. Would the numpties that kept running through the finish line 2 & 3 times, please not do that again! You were experienced runners too. Highly likely the last 50 will get the wrong time because of you.....grrrr.... Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: My first proper race in 20 yrs clocked an unofficial time of just over 32mins. Great friendly race, well organised and well supported, marshalls were excellent and the course was great fun especially after all the rain.Will be back next year. 8) Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Excellent!! In full: My first ever-running event i've only been running for three weeks and decided to give it a go. I'm so glad i did, i'd planned to run it in 40 mins, It ended up being 37.04 which im happy with. 30 mins next year !! Date of review: October 8, 2009
In short: Mildly challenging little race In full: Putting aside the fact that I felt fairly bad throughout...this is a cracking little race. A few undulations to challenge the more experienced runners but short enough to be a good introduction for newbies. Having said this, conditions really were perfect and it would be considerably tougher if there'd be any rain recently.
For footie fans there was the benefit of being able to meet Don Goodman! Date of review: October 6, 2009