In short: Challenging cross country race In full: I was expecting hills but didn't expect quite as many - either running up or down, rarely flat! Challenging though and would be good for a cross country enthusiast.
I've run a fair few 5 mile races, but mainly road races so I struggled a bit with this race. Partly due to taking part in military fitness training the day before I think!
Not the friendliest race I've run - the marshalls offered little encouragement.
All in all worth turning up for but not a favourite! Date of review: September 28, 2009
In short: Nice cross country, but a bit expensive In full: As someone returing to running after 5 years, I set this race as my target, as it's local, and a little shorter than all those 10k's. The one helpful review from 2008 was pretty accurate - it IS undulating, plenty of hills, and it's all on fileds and tracks, no tarmac anywhere. Sometimes the track was a little rutted along the field, so you had to keep your eyes on the path, and not the view. The marshalling was fine, and there were two water stations. The mile markers were OK. They have plenty of space for car parking.
As a non-club runner who paid on the day, the £12 seems steep, considering there are no showers, and although you get to use the proper toilets at the Hatton Country World (rather than port-a-loo), they were small and not well stocked. Despite what the website says about getting a T-shirt, when I registered, the staff said that on-the-day registrations don't get a T-shirt, because they couldn't know how many to provide. I didn't bother to challenge this, and by the time I had finished, I had no reason to hang around and ask, plus I don't need another T-shirt. Proceeds went to charity, which may explain the price. Would I do this again? Maybe. It's local, and friendly, but I'd probably prefer a nicer route, and there are plenty of 10k's to choose from (once I am ready for them!) Date of review: September 27, 2009