In short: Third year of doing this and it hasn’t been the same twice In full: I don’t know what hotline the organisers have to the weather gods but I spent the morning watching rain lash against my window, as I drove past the airport to get to the start I was almost washed away and when we started the sun was beating down and all was right with the world !!! Executed “plan A” for the first time this year, unfortunately this plan involved me getting to a point and making a decision on how to optimise the time left. Being a bloke this almost impossible for me so spent the last hour in a turmoil of self doubt (have I gone too far out? Will I get back with no unused checkpoints in sight with 20 minutes to spare? Do these shoes go with my nail varnish? That sort of thing) but all was well checking in @ 2:59 without having to kill myself to do so. I don’t know if it is me or the organisers are getting more sneaky in placing the “hidden” flags. Found none this year and, on seeing the completed map, realised I had passed within metres of several. Again a great big thank you to the team for organising what I’m sure will become a permanent fixture on the summer calendar along with Glastonbury, Glyndebourne and Henley.
In short: Great fun, great atmosphere and location. In full: Can't fault this event. Whether you are a seasoned runner or a family out for a good walk, there's something for everyone in this race against the clock. Atmosphere was fun and friendly, even the rain held off. The view from the Beacon is worth the pain of the climb. All in aid of a worthy cause. Thank you to the organizers. Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: The most fun cross country event ever! In full: Yet another superb Mashup. This really is a favourite event. Stunning scenery in the wilder side of the Mendip Hills, great company, family friendly, free beer (the winner's weight in beer is shared out) and funds for a really good cause - Cystic Fibrosis Trust, in memory of a little girl called Lizzie. The Somer Fillies romped home with a respectable 340 points, which is an improvement on last year, but still 200 short of the win! We'll be back with a better route plan next year..... Date of review: June 18, 2011
In short: Such an amazing event, a great party after and a great cause!! In full: I love it, I love it, I love it!! Such a tough challenge to run for three hours up some seriously steep hills, but the glorious scenery and atmosphere among the competitors more than makes up for it. I didn't win, so unfortunately didn't walk away with my weight in beer, but I'll have to pile on a few pounds before next year now I know the terrain and some of the routes. Only problem was with my map reading, although I'll plead not guilty to it being my fault since the sweat pouring from me was responsible for rubbing out some vital details on the cardboard map!!! Never mind though, I'll be back... Date of review: July 1, 2010
In short: Probably my favourite event - good fun In full: This event is unlike any other I've been to. It has a great atmosphere, a good mix of challenges and you take it as seriously as you want. After the running was over, everyone was busy comparing where they got lost while drinking the free beer. Date of review: June 24, 2010
In short: Second year just as good In full: Having learnt my lesson from last year I, at least, remained on the course for the whole 3 hours but still didn't "execute my plan" which is a large part of the appeal of this event that you constantly make judgments about your capabilities against your ambition. I was running alone but still experienced a great sense of fellow feeling as I made and dissolved alliances along the way. This is a personal challenge not a race as such and, consequently, everyone gets out of it exactly what they want / put into it (with a bit of interest in the form of the beer and band after). As I said last year this event would bring me back on its own merits however the fact that it is a fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis just puts it on the top shelf.
In short: It doesn't get better than this In full: perfect day, great weather, glorious scenery, fun with maps and finding flags dotted around the wilder end of the Mendip hills. And free beer! what more could you want???? Date of review: June 22, 2010
In short: Great fun in the Mendip Hills In full: Despite getting injured and having to walk ~2.5-miles back to base (for which I was docked 270pts for being late) I still enjoyed the event. As soon as the blisters heal and muscles soothed I shall start planning my return in 2011 - well done Martin & team. Date of review: June 20, 2010