In short: A well-organised race over a great course In full: A fairly tough 10-miler - well, 2010 was 9.8 actually, but you won't see many folk desperate to run the extra 0.2 miles - up and down Mynydd Machen. Faultless organisation by Islwyn: just about enough marshalls, a well-manned water station (passed twice), good friendly small-race atmosphere and a spiffy T-shirt. The smallish field (70-odd competitors) managed to encompass both srs club afleets and slower runners. The terrain is largely suitable for road shoes (at least in dry-ish conditions); with quite a bit of the descent being on steep lanes these might even be preferable to trail shoes in the wet. Watch out for the sneaky little inclines in the final few miles - it's not all downhill after the trig point ...
Well worth seeking out this and/or Islwyn's other races: all in all an enjoyable day out in the South Wales hills. Date of review: May 20, 2010
In short: Tough as heck... In full: Excellent course, very challenging some parts I had to really dig deep it was tough. The views from the top were worth it though but going down was just as hard. Organisation as spot on, no hassles at all and a good tee shirt to finish. Date of review: May 16, 2010
In short: a hard race but it gives a good sence of achivment. In full: Its the type of race you dont find often,so when you run it you whant to do it again.It has plenty of ups and downs,the top you had for finnishing are very nice to. Date of review: May 16, 2010
In short: a brilliant race which is challenging but the views were marvellous In full: This is a great introduction for people to running off road but it is still a great challenge for those at the front of the field.....with hills like the beeast to conquer before having to then run up to the trig point at machen mast.this will give you a great sense of achievemnet and some brilliant views............off road is the way forward as no nasty cars or pavements to worry about Date of review: December 2, 2009