In short: Too tough to run for most, but great challenge and great scenery, In full: 1/2 hour into the 22 mile race, I realised the idea of "running" it was silly - took me just over 7 hours to largely walk it. Although hilly and v muddy, great race to train muscles you never knew you had! Great atmosphere as well - old-timers were very helpful with directions for those new to this race and this kind of run (ie following walker instructions) in general. Travelled up from London and will definitely do it again. Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Fantastic In full: I nearly didn't turn up yesterday morning when the alarm went off and it was pitch black outside, but I'm so glad I did. What a beautiful day for it, perfect weather, glorious views, tough as old boots though! As it was my first effort, I opted for the 14 mile route and loved it. It took absolutely ages (3 hours) but time flies when you're having fun. Parts of the course were difficult but having to walk parts of it gave me a bit of a breather until I started running again. As a result, I didn't find it as tiring as I expected and will attempt the long route next year. Added bonus being that I managed to successfully attach myself to people who knew where they were going and didn't have to use the directions...good news for anyone behind me who may have decided to follow me! The sweets/chocolates and cakes at the checkpoints were great and I really enjoyed my glass of mulled wine at the end. Brilliant event. Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: 1st fell race - loved it! In full: Gorgeous scenery, friendly marshals, slippery trails, yummy food and good banter. I'll be gutted if I cant run this again next year. Most enjoyable "race" I've ever participated in. Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Very hilly and muddy but great fun! In full: This was my first time at Hebden and I really enjoyed it. I thought the organising and goodies at checkpoints first class!! Some of the terrain is very challenging, thin and muddy tracks which did my knee no good at all but all in all I would definitely go back next year! Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: great route but read the directions! very steep ups and downs that are very challenging on the loints. Definitely need a good pair of off road soles to try to counteract gravity. Get up anfd do it! In full: Very scenic, as the fog clears. Very good route with technical descents which keep you alert at all times.Great checkpoint provisions, but too much if you are running it. Good food at the finish.Got to have good footwear or would be treacherous, which added to the run! You want to test your stamina? Stick to the tarmac! You want hard,fun and the views? Do this run. Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Tough but brilliant. In full: V tough race with some great climbs that will test the best. Make sure you take a very good map and read the instructions carefully! Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Tough! But in glorious surroundings. In full: Fantastic weather today for some glorious views, but this is a tough race. When you are not slogging uphil you and slipping and sliding downhill. A brilliantly organised race (great food at checkpoints and at the finish). Just do it! Date of review: January 23, 2010
In short: Lovely Scenery, but little time to take it all in! In full: Did this with a few friends (and a dog!) as a 14 mile walk as fell running not really my bag. The organisation was fantastic - right from entry stage (confirmation e-mails) to the finish (great pie & peas!); there was plenty of food at the check points, even as we were some of the last through (due to not quite being ready for the start).
Marshalls were very friendly & helpful & the route description notes were perfect; much easier than map reading!
Nice certificate at the end topped off a great day of walking around fantastic countryside. Certainly worth getting out of bed early for!
Just a note of warning that you really need to crack on at a decent pace to make the offical checkpoint closing times (although they seemed to be offering 'extended' hours)which unfortuantly means not much time to pause and take in the views & get the camera out. Due to short daylight hours, the longer route would risk finishing in the dark.
But overall this was an excellent event, helped by the good weather which I would hope to be able to do again in the future. Date of review: January 5, 2009
In short: Excellent race, good value, great Marshalls and fantastic scenery. In full: I ran the 22, and it was tough even more so than the High Peak 40. You certainly need map reading skills as some paths were tiny, Top marks to the Marshalls who were all great, especially a lady at checkpoint 5 who made me sit down as i was feeling dizzy, and plied me with cake and orange squash, i was about to give in when she encouraged me to carry on, so a great thanks to that lady. The food afterwards was very welcome and worth the entry fee alone. Keep up the good work LDWA you certainly are attracting more runners to your events. Date of review: January 5, 2009