In short: A little gem of a race In full: Meticulous organisation by Howgill Harriers which puts many of the bigger events to shame. The course was very well marked, and relatively dry considering the amount of rainfall over the previous few days. After the long initial climb you are rewarded with some spectacular views. There follows a relatively level section which just gives you time to get your breath back before that notorious hill at five miles. Having said that, the race is do-able, even for a beginner, and makes a great introduction to fell running. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: Challenging but very scenic In full: Top marks to Howgill Harriers for this one! A superbly organised little race that puts many of the bigger events to shame. There was ample parking, well signposted, and a very friendly atmosphere. The race began with a gradual climb for the first couple of miles, followed by an undulating section with splendid views, though some might consider it a bit bleak - up in the hills surrounded by miles of nothing! The long downhill stretch that followed came to an abrupt end at five miles where there was a sharp climb which was too steep (for most) to run. Once at the top, the course led down a narrow footpath which was very stony in places - care is needed here to avoid injury. The path ended at the main road and it was then just a few yards to the finish, where there was free food and drink for all the runners. A superb little race which I will definitely do again next year, but I will reserve some energy for that five mile hill!!