In short: 5 mile trail race over a Beacon Hill ... at night ... and in fancy dress. In full: I love this route! The first mile is ALL uphill, the 2nd mile ALL downhill and the last mile all the way to the finish is all downhill. Some great fancy dress costumes - aboput 95% of runners dress up for it and there are spot prizes for the best few! Also a cracking medal and a toffee apple at the end! Have done it in 2011 and 2012 and will be back next year. Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: 5 miles the dark In full: Most enjoyable, 99% in fancy dress, 1m up, 1m down, 1m up, 0.8m flat, 0.2 up and then 1m down! Loved it, can't wait to do it again next year. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: A different experience! In full: This was the first night race and the first time I had ran this course. I had noted from previous years reviews that parking was a problem but we didn't find any problems at all. I had convinced my husband that we should both wear scary make up and he was anxious all the way to the race in case we were the only ones! He needn't have been as were pretty lame in comparison to most of the runners who wore fantastic outfits. Being overtaken by a guy in a full boiler suit covered in fake blood was a new experience.
The hills were played down before the race! The first mile was awful and I had to walk for the first time ever in a race. A lot of people ended up doing the same as the hills were so painful! However, the last mile downhill was a good time to pick up pace. The runners in this race were more friendly than any other race I have been in. Maybe the night time creates a better atmosphere. I ran with a great guy for the last mile who had recently recovered from what sounded like a horrendous spinal injury and temporary paralysis. He was bright and breezy and really enjoying himself! I loved this race despite the walking! Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Running in the dark surrounded by ghoulies and ghosties! In full: A night time run with 99% of the runners in fancy dress! A good atmosphere and costumes ranging from ghostbusters to witches to corspse brides.
Everyone was wearing headtorches (as a torch was compulsory) and it was interesting to see the line of torches through the trees so you knew whether the next stretch was up or downhill!
A lovely hilly run - the first mile almost all uphill and some nice up and downs in the middle and the last mile was a nice fast downhill back to the finish.
Would like to see some signs for the run next time as I was worried I'd overshot the turning and only found the right place by spotting a 'witch' heading for the same place!
Nice interesting medal and a lovely goodybag with a toffee apple! Would definitely recommend the run and will definitely be looking to enter next year.
Only real gripe was how congested the first half a mile which really slowed me down. Date of review: October 29, 2011
In short: The most fun you can have in the dark with your clothes on In full: This was my first experience of night-running, and I will definitely be doing this one again next year. Most people embraced the halloween fancy-dress theme, and the atmosphere was fun from the start. Organisation was great, easy parking right by the start and short queue for loos (we arrived just in time to miss the pre-race briefing). The course was really good, with some long slow ups and nice quick downs, easy going underfoot, and well marshalled at key points. A toffee apple and fun medal rounded it all off nicely, and it took to the end of the 2-hour drive home to wipe the grin off my face. Date of review: October 29, 2011
In short: Great race In full: A bit of a rush to get there in time and the entrance to car park was very slow making us even later. The race was very good though, most enjoyable running through the scary woods,and a fast downhill finish. And what Toffee apples I didn't see any, Loved the medal and the banana. Date of review: October 30, 2010