In short: Up a lot, down a lot, wet a lot, cold a lot! In full: Really enjoyed this - first time running this event. I especially enjoyed the challenge of wading through thigh and sometimes waist high ice-cold water. So cold that you couldn't feel your feet for a minute or so after making it through the water - as a good a reason as any to get back running as hard as possible!
Race was brilliantly organised - lots of encouraging and well placed marshalls. Friendly crowd and plenty of places to get a coffee beforehand and a bacon sarnie afterwards.
Car park can be slow to empty but it's on Army ground so can't really expect multiple entrance and exits.
Will probably do again but may do it on the Sunday instead so it's a bit muddier! Being in the front 5% meant the mud didn't get really churned up until more had run on it apparently.
In short: GRIM, are you ready for this!!! In full: It is my 2nd year running this race and I can honestly say, the event, runners, organisers are so friendly, it makes the event a brilliant race just before XMAS. Bring on 2014. Date of review: November 30, 2013
In short: Not very scarey but well-organized In full: A bit of tarmac and a lot of trails. Very well-marked (LED lights at regular intervals) and well signed/marshalled. All the marshals very friendly and encouraging. Mile markers and one water station with bottles, which is very useful. Chip timing for accurate and fast results. Not particularly scary, unless you'd never run off-road or in the dark. The only gripe was the lack of signs for car parks when you turned off the main road. Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: The most fun muddy and cold race ever! In full: What a cracking run!
Pros- Loads of loo's, good parking areas, well marshalled, loads too keep you from getting bored.
Cons- Expensive when all you get is a tshirt that you cant run in and would not go out in. There are loads of non runners that take part and the tracks are not that wide so it is very slow untill around 3 miles when things start to thin out a bit.
Can not wait to do this again!! Date of review: December 1, 2012
In short: Snow made the race In full: The new Night Terror definitely has potential to be a great race.
Positives = organisation, chip timing, email communication prior to race, nice t shirt, amazing marshalls who must have been freezing, the snow made this race special :)
Negatives = course not that interesting (although I know they had to change it due to safety concerns with all the ice), could have ramped up the terror element a bit more (people jumping out of shadows for example?), would have liked a medal or goody bag for the entry fee
Ran as a team and has a blast, would do it again with a group. Would it be better as a Hallowe'en themed night run...more fancy dress opportunities plus less likelihood of the snow & ice problems. Date of review: February 10, 2012
In short: Grim or Glum?? In full: Was cold and the weather didn't help the whole ace being run. Gutted that water was cut out, but understand due to the ice. Done Hellrunner and it's well behind that for value. Would have liked a goody bag or medal.
Does anyone know the full distance ? I reckon it wasn't more than 6 miles and that's what others have stated.
May do it again, but will miss 2013 to see how it goes. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Good Fun but not Grim In full: As has already been said the weather knocked a big hole in the Grimness of the event. The organisers did well to keep it on, and I think a lot of lessons have been learnt from this inaugural night terror. Later in the year when its frost free would be better, and if not I'll wait til the day to enter and see what the weather's like. It was fun - but not really a challenge. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Nice night time run, but what happened to the terror? In full: The snow that was falling added a definate atmosphere to the event however, I did not expect the race to be so tame. Terror was no where to be had, in fact I get more worry running through Guildford town centre at night. I do understand that due to the weather certain re routing may be needed, but not a reduction in the race length. Given the hype very disappointing. Date of review: February 5, 2012
In short: Far too easy. In full: I'm not one to be interested in goody bags, so the fact that there wasn't one didn't bother me. However, even considering the fact that the organisers understandably prevented us going through shin-splinteringly thick ice, the course was appallingly easy. It was an eyeballs-out dash along 20ft wide sandy vehicle tracks. It was also way short of eight miles. I got the impression that organisers just 'chopped out' the dodgy bits of the course and thought that would do. Why did they not mark a route through the wonderful woodland, (often used for orienteering), instead of using the mind-numbingly boring sandy track all the time ? Two hours work with a load of hazard tape would have done it. The "London Weekend Warriors" might have enjoyed it and thought it 'tough' but if you're a 'dyed-in-the-wool off-road runner, you'd want your money back ! Thank god for the Long Mynd Valley Fell race the next day. A real 'man's' race. Yes, it had all the peripheral stuff - bar, burgers, changing tent etc, but for god's sake give us a good course ! Date of review: February 5, 2012