In short: A good first time trail race. In full: This was my first long distance trail race and I really enjoyed it. Not as hilly as I thought it would be, yes the first mile+ is uphill and then the rest is nicely undulating. All different kinds of trails to test yourself on from wide stone paths, single tracks and forest trails.
Excellent organisation and having the start/finish at a school means having proper facilities nearby which is always nice. A great idea was having a computer at the finish where you could print of your time and position within minutes of you finishing. Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: Excellent Race In full: I have just completed this as my 50th official half and would have struggled to choose a more memorable race. I started right at the back and worked my way through the pack and enjoyed the banter and scenery throughout. The setting is superb with a steepish climb straight out of the school and then undulating thereafter. Lots of trails, tracks, kissing gates, mud and beautiful scenery but do not expect a PB. Probably add about 15 mins to your normal time? The only thing to be aware of, is that around half is on tarmac roads and therefore not all types of footwear are suitable.
In short: A nice race through some lovely areas of Rivington Pike. In full: Enjoyed the run and had a good day. Only blight was 2 marshalls asking if I was the last runner and rolling their eyes when I said no. Now I admit I wasn't the quickest but it puts a bit of a downer on when your struggling with 4 miles to go. Made me quite mad to be honest and took the gloss off what had been a super run. To be fair though 2 idiots towards the end shouldn't spoil what was altogether a great set of marshalls encouraging and clapping me all the way around, offering drinks and more encouragement at the stations, some on their own in the middle of the fields. Also, the music was still playing at the end which gave me a lift for a sprint (or slightly quicker slow jog) finish. Also, the hot dog stand was still open for some early carb loading. I did enjoy it, thanks to everyone who supported the race and the organisers. Probably see you next year. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Muddy, hilly, tough, but great fun In full: Great run, great atmosphere. If you like mud and hills this is for you. There was some muddy patches that were more big-like than trail-like, and some minor confusion over directions around 11miles, but alli in all I think i'llbe back next year. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Hot, hilly and tough but one of my favourite races of the year! In full: Fantastic course with stunning views and helpful marshals. Not an easy run with plenty of ups and downs and rough terrain - made even tougher this year with the hottest October day on record! I've run this twice now and both times have blown up about mile 10 and struggled home through the last few miles but I'll still be there next year. Date of review: October 11, 2011
In full: Top race. This race inspired me so much in 2010 I have re-run it at least 15 times since then. 2011 was just the same but included fantastic weather. My favourite race of them all and I have done a few. Date of review: October 2, 2011