In short: Lovely evening jaunt round the woods In full: As expected from aat, another fine 10k. Some cracking good hills to get your teeth into, good views, good organisation and brilliantly an evening start (I'm not really a morning person)
One thing to ask aat, how about some longer runs? 10k seems to fly by, perhaps some 10 mile or half marathons, but keep them tough.
Looking forward to the hurt. Date of review: June 30, 2011
In short: NIce to run the course when it not frozen solid In full: A great race, lovely scenary and a solid test. Plenty to keep you occupied. Good climbs and falls, makes a flat road 10k seem dull and boring Date of review: June 26, 2011
In short: A very tough course if you haven't done trail running before In full: This was my first event off road and I've never run up hills like this before. I did some hill training on the treadmill as part of my prep, but nothing quite prepared me for this.
The first 4k I was doing some reasonable splits (around 00:05:30), and after that it was ALL uphill. Between the hills and the sandy nature of the tracks it made it very difficult for a relative novice like me. There were a couple of hills that were impossible for me to run up, and even walking up them kept my heart rate up high.
The organisation, stewarding and post race snacks were all fine. The last running was seen safely over the line by one of the stewards so nobody was left straggling.
The only thing I'd caution is that the toilet facilities for the site are just public loos and they were NOT very pleasant.
I'm pleased that I finished it, but wouldn't rush to sign up again without some serious preparation. I'd definitely consider doing it again, but I need to do a lot more work to finish in a time less that 1 hour. I definitely don't regret doing it and enjoyed the experience and given the difficulty of the course I'm pleased with my 1hr 14m time. Date of review: June 26, 2011
In short: Mud, Sand, & Hills. In full: This was incredibly tough. There were so many sandy hills; a beginner's worst nightmare! I managed to stay in the leading pack for the first 4k, but then fell behind many places, and dropped to a walking pace several times. Running this route didn't seem anything like the way it was shown on the website. The results aren't up yet, which is crap. Unless there are some strugglers who still haven't completed it yet! Date of review: June 26, 2011
In short: DIfficult but well worth it! In full: I am used to running on roads and easy forest trails, so this race was definitely an eye-opener! The terrain is very mixed which makes the whole race interesting - there's a mixture of forest, mud, sand, open fields, flat, bumpy and then THE hill.
The hill at around the halfway mark is a killer, very steep. I managed a very slow jog up but a lot of people were walking. The thigh muscles were burning at the top, but it's a great sense of achievement once you reach the top.
Definitely not one for a PB, I usually average 7min miles, but in this race I averaged just over 9.
I'll definitely be back to try and beat my time. The scenery was great and the race was very well managed. Date of review: April 28, 2011
In short: Tough but worth every ache! In full: Local race which was great as i could run upto Newlands Corner for the race start - great warm up.
Race started on time - starts off rather inoccuous with a fast pace out of newlands corner then lost of downhill muddy trails to the bottom of the valley...here is where the race really kicks in as you snake your way up and down hills and then up the steepest side of St Martha's to the top by the church, hang a left down the hill...round the bottom and back up the hill to the church once more..a reall killer section..then its a hard ascent back to newlands corner to retrace your steps back to the finish/start line.
A hard race but well worth doing on a saturday morning but you will ache after it as some of the hills are extreme, lots of folk walking.
Timing chip worked perfectly and the results were online in a couple of hours. Friendly crowd too..oh and the cheeseburgers, bananas and shakes were most welcome. Only downside was that the Visitors Centre Kiosk wasnt open so no post race cup of tea for me.
Great local race well worth doing Date of review: March 5, 2011
In short: Hard, very hilly, very muddy, grow bigger lungs! Also rehydrate and refuel like mad afterwards. In full: No description of this could possibly live up to the sheer muddy, breakneck, lung-bursting fun of the experience. Very little of this was level (well, that's how it felt) and the level bits were pretty muddy and often in trenches. The downhills were fantastic, really bounding descents. The uphills - well, I have never done an event where I've seen so many people walk for so much of the time. St Martha's hill (the steep way) made me think of ladders. An inspired touch to put a photograher just beyond the top if that ascent! Good, no-fuss organisation. The shakes were lovely, although necking a cold shake on a cold morning didn't agree with me. I would love to do this event again with either spikes or dry weather for the week before it. Maybe in June, once I've forgotten how absolutely wrecked I felt at the end of it. Date of review: February 15, 2011