In short: Beautiful course! In full: Absolutely gorgeous course, and when I had problems with my race entry due to the internet crashing the race organiser was very helpful. The course could have been better marked as the arrows were small and not always clear where to go, the marshalls should have been more confident in telling us which way (as I did go wrong at one point (the u-turn) and could of done in several other points because the marshalls didn't say where to go, even when I held my hands up to question.) Shame about the goody bag but then that was not the organisers fault, it was down to the sponser. This might sound a bit negative but I would honestly love to do this race again next year. Date of review: April 24, 2013
In short: Very scenic course, nice facilities, well marshalled, poor finish memento In full: First time at this event. Did the 10 miles race. Very undulating with 2 toughish climbs: half-way and at the end. Otherwise, very scenic, easy tracks and paths. Good enough for road shoes if conditions dry. At 6 miles it merges with 10k runners. Not too much of an issue, unless you are a bit further back, then a slight 'bottle-neck' can occur. No big issue though as most tracks are quite wide for passing/weaving.
Nice to have access to Pub and the facilities are good, with play area for Children and grass area to cool down and meet up with friends/family. I agree with others that the finish memento could be better. A naff, cheap canvas bag with a chewy bar. That's it! Although an announcement at the end did say that the sponsor would have done better if not committed elsewhere. Maybe next year it will be better.
Nice 'spot' prizes and category trophies and vouchers.
Only a minor point for the organisers to consider: the 'turn-around' at just before half-way was a bit odd and slightly disconcerting. Surely the course can be extended elsewhere to cut out this bit? I thought that i was going wrong when i saw runners coming towards me????
This is a 'must-do' event for any runner of any ability as both race distances cater for all. It is very scenic and in decent weather (as it was this year 2013), it makes the race even more enjoyable. Put it in your race diaries for next year.
Many thanks to all the race organisers, Marshalls and helpers for putting on and managing the event. Well done to you all. Date of review: April 21, 2013
In short: A lovely race but good value In full: The Bluebell is a good and challenging 10k but the race cost £15 and you only got a drink and cliff bar at the end. No medal or race momento, very disappointing. Date of review: April 23, 2012
In short: Not many better ways to spend a Sunday morning. Kids happy with the climbing frame, partner happy with bacon roll, parents happy with pub. In full: Firstly let me just say i'm a begginer in the running world, but for me this had everything. Tough climbs, slippy downhills, puddles, mud, great views and lots and lots of Bluebells. I loved the fact we joined up with the 10k crew. If you love that feeling when your lungs are burning one minute then your legs are totally shot from a tough hill the next then this is the race for you. See you next year. Date of review: April 22, 2012
In short: Really enjoyable route, beautiful scenery In full: This was my first trail race and I really enjoyed it. The route was good even though that last hill was a killer! There was lots of cheering at that point which helped. It was wonderful to run through the bluebells. The route was clearly signposted but could have done with a few more km markers. Will be back next year! Date of review: April 18, 2011