In short: Blimey! In full: Took me until Wednesday to even be able to walk properly again!! I know i'm coming back from injury but this just made me ache like you wouldn't believe. That said, I think everyone should do this.
Def one of the hardest runs of done for the distance invloved - I dont think my offroaders will every recover!! Date of review: February 9, 2011
In short: Muddy good fun In full: Having rather foolishly done a 15 mile training run the previous day, this was always going to be a tad challenging for me, but the weather cooperated and there didn't seem to be quite as much mud as last year. That said, it is still one of the toughest off-roaders in Gloucestershire but it is flawlessly organised and an absolute bargain. Let's hope that it doesn't go all corporate next year when the organiser, Mike Wood, hands over the reins to Black Sheep Sports.
Incidentally, Mike Wood - the man with the lovely smile - is no mean runner when he pulls his trainers on! See this link to his sub 24 hour run along the entire length of the Cotswold Way last year:
http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold/article.asp?PageId=41&ArticleId=60 Date of review: February 9, 2011
In short: Absolutly brilliant what a race. In full: Mud hills,more mud and hills awesome loved it well organised,and marshalled, best off roader around i reckon 2012 i'll be there. Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: Hard but you know you love it... In full: back after i missed last year - but still a brutal race this one - harder, i would say, than a few of the more 'showy' and high profile runs that you might come across. if you think you're a tough offroader or trail runner come give this a bash! thanks guys! Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: I don't know his name..... In full: but the guy with the lovely smile who organises this and who stands in fields directing traffic and stuff early on freezing Gloucestershire mornings and on late summer evenings time after time so that we can do crazy things like this is one of my all time heroes. A thousand thanks to all involved, this is the best race I know. Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: Hell, but in a good way In full: Back in 2007 I ran the very first May Hill Massacre, mainly because I didn't know what I was letting myself in for. I didn't run the next three, mainly because I did know what I was letting myself in for. Because the Race Director was stepping down this year, I decided to run it again. Of all the things I didn't expect to happen, I actually ended up enjoying it. If you like mud, and hills, and more mud, then this is the race for you. Me? I'm a tarmac man, through and through, but it's a tribute to the MHM that I'd even consider doing it again. Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: I wish all runs were like this In full: Fantastic! Very tough in both climbs and mud but interesting all the way round, scenic, friendly, a nice size...all round a highly rewarding run. Best bits were running across the top of the hill, realising that the mud was only just beginning at about 3 miles in, and racing in on some long, high-speed descents towards the end. Hope it doesn't change too much with the new organizers. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Flawlessly executed but a real killer In full: Very professionally ran from start to finish, the marshals were first class, no parking difficulties, registration was quick and easy, only one small complaint; nowhere near enough toilets. The run was very challenging to say the least for the more serious runner, not in my opinion suitable for beginners. I would recommend that anyone doing this race does a lot of training on hills. Overall a fantastic race I crossed the finish exhausted but happy. well done to all involved with putting on such a great race at such a bargain price. Date of review: February 7, 2011