In short: Lovely scenary - shame about the finish In full: This is a challenging course, certainly not PB material. Great setting with one challenging hill. It was disappointing then for the top 3 to go off course and hence distort the results - when runners are tired a bright coloured piece of tape tied to a post is just not sufficient - Marshals to shout directions are the order of the day. Luckily for the rest of the field 4th place had done it before so knew the way! Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: hot this year, but still beautiful scenery and even found some mud! In full: Hot day, but beautifully organised. Very friendly but that hill nearly killed me! Special thanks to the brave marshall who placed himself in one field between runners and bulls.
In short: A wonderfully scenic course In full: I love this race. Have done it 4 or 5 times now and the changed start route is a definite improvement.
However, I do have a couple of gripes: the vet prizes are, in my opinion, poor. Just MV 40 and FV 35 . . . that's it! The senior male winner was actually fourth overall. . . Also, it's heck of an ask for 50 something runners to win a category if they are competing against someone nearly 20 years younger! I can't believe that the organisers couldn't find the funds for a couple more prizes.
All that said - today it was particularly beautiful and the ice-cream van was pure genius! Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Weather caused some organisational glitches, but race was ACE! Certainly lived upto its name In full: First time I've run a multi-terrain race, but I don't think it will be my last. Amount of rain meant parking had to be moved away into the village, and crowding into the club house to register/collect numbers was a little chaotic. However I've just read that the original parking field was water logged and the 'registration tent' had blown away, which explains a lot!
The race itself was great. Very friendly, well marshalled, well signed. Loved the road marking at the top of the hill (although the hill nearly killed me)! Mud wasn't actually as deep as I'd feared - it was *only* ankle deep, although I still managed to end up muddy to my knees. Beautiful countryside to run through.
Loved my Mars bar & banana at the end, and my daughter loved her medal after doing the Mini Mudlark. Many thanks to all who organised it - hope you raised lots of money for the school. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: A good run, excellent levels of mud... In full: Well done to the organisers on another excellent race. The change of the route seemed to work (although where I was in the field, i.e. the rear, I would have quite enjoyed a quick queue at the stile). Plenty of mud following the epic rains of the last few days, but the rain had mostly stopped in time for the start. The hill doesn't get any less steep, and if the organisers are honest the 'nearly there' mark on the road was nowhere near the top. I'd forgotten how annoying the last couple of miles back into and then out of Marshfield are! The route was well marked and marshalled. My only gripe was the lack of an official bag storage at the club. Having had to park in the village, at some distance from the start, we found ourselves trekking back to the car to dump bags in a more secure location. Obviously the weather meant that the usual field could not be used, under the circumstances a properly secured bag area could have been put on. Overall a cracking race - well done. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: You needed the hose provided at the end... In full: I am "proper rubbish" at multi-terrain runs but I love this event. The wind, rain and lashings of mud make it the perfect opportunity to start enjoying running again. Lovely.
As mentioned in the short review, the hose provided at the end was a great pre-shower addition. Showering with the ladies was a new experience for me, too! Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Muddy great! In full: Fantastic race that even the rain eased off for (not surprising after the amount we'd had overnight!). No bells and whistles but just a very well organised simple offroad run. Mud mud and more mud and a hill that makes you wonder what the heck you're doing there!. A real feel-good factor and a race I would recommend to anyone and everyone. A mudfest? Yes -GREAT!! Date of review: October 3, 2010