In short: Harsh, but fair! In full: Really enjoyed it, even though I was at the back and didn't manage to run up some of the hills. Very friendly - more so than I expected, because everyone else looked like serious hardcore off-roaders and I've never done a race like this before. The marshalls were very good - friendly and encouraging. Will definitley do it again next year - after a lot more hill training! Date of review: August 31, 2009
In short: Very well organised race over challenging course. In full: Thoroughly enjoyable run over very scenic course. Mix of terrains made the course very interesting. Especially the sandy climb up to the top of St Martha's. A bit pricey with only a Banana as a reward for finishing. However, due to challenge would definately do again. Date of review: August 30, 2009
In short: Another superb event from AAT ! In full: Luxurious to have ample parking so close to the start. Course was excellent; plenty of variety throughout the 10k, as soon as you got used to field/hills/sand/forest path it changed again! I think the friendliest marshalls and supporters ever. Date of review: August 27, 2009
In short: If you've got a hill or a sand fetish, this one's for you! In full: I entered this race as a) it was very local and b) I decided it was about time I entered a race. It's not a race for someone hoping to set a PB as the 1st Km is totally uphill, which sorted the wheat from the chaff straight away! It probably helped being near the front as I've heard many complain about the bottl-neck at the start! Once up the hill, the undulating (sandy) course was tough but enjoyable! Very well organised but the km markers were a little erratic! The stewards were friendly. Sadly no momento, t-shirt/medal/cup but 48 hours worth of aching legs made me smile! I'd definately do it again. Date of review: August 26, 2009
In short: Sunshine, Silly Hills, Surrey Hills, Snails and Scenery... In full: Much like the winter G3 races, but mercifully dry this time around. Parking was a doddle at the nearby footy pitches and the course well marshalled and marked through the hills.
You might want to train for those hills though, just when you scaled one another confronted you - snail's pace indeed!
All in all a great day and a great inaugural race. Just what the doctor ordered... Date of review: August 24, 2009
In full: The start was pretty chaotic as people at the front started walking as it was steep. This meant everyone further down the field had to walk as it was only a narrow track. Consequently I didn't run the first 500m at all because I happened to start near the back. I'd prefer a staggered start in groups of 100 to avoid this.
Another complaint is that the race is not 10K at all, it's actually around 9.5K! The markers for each kilometre were quite often completely in the wrong place. Why pretend it's 10K when it's not???
As for the actual race it's great scenery, really hard as there are a lot of big hills and you are running on sand for much of the course - at times it is like running on the beach.
A good day but don't pay any attention to your time. Date of review: August 24, 2009