In short: Great race in a great place, loved the course In full: Completed the 15k and finished 3rd which was a surprise, could probably do with attracting some more elite runners for next year. Really good atmosphere and organisation. The setting of Charterhouse School is pretty cool. The course was much better than I had expected, some great downhill sections, nice woodland trail and a couple of steep uphill sections. Great for those who like mud, not so for those in road shoes. Nice to get a T-shirt that I actually might wear in public. My only gripe: the prize for 3rd was a bit rubbish especially as I'd run 15k (guess I should have run faster). My friend Simon won the 5k race in his first event, can't wait to see the video of interview we gave afterwards, should be some 'TV gold' already looking forward to next years race. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In full: The Second time i have run this race and i will be returning next year. A wonderful time of year to for this run. The short hills were a bit slippy but the down hill bits were fast and fun. The organisation is fantastic, the same with the prizes. I agree that it's a bit like a mini G3 which i will be attending. This run is family friendly set in a picturesque setting. Long may it continue. Date of review: October 21, 2012
In short: Loved this, brilliant organisation! In full: I did the 10k and I was very impressed with the organisiation of this race. Excellent pre and post run faciities, smiling marshals, plenty distance markers, a well placed water station and water and a TShirt at the end. Good hills that were just short enough that your legs didnt give up completely. For those that are familiar with the G3 series this was a bit like that but not so agressive - like G3 Lite! Honestly, faultless organisation from what I saw, well done to all involved, an enjoyable morning out. I also enjoyed the slightly later start (10.30) as it didnt mean dragging myself out of bed at silly o'clock! Date of review: October 21, 2012
In short: Tough hill, walking material, plenty of twists and turns, a lung burner In full: I turned up expecting a much easier run, the terrain keeps you on your guard at all times so there is no cruising, the climbs are mostly steep but short, you need time to gather your breath at the top. Nice weather made the race quite warm for the year. I completed the 10K, fair play to those that did the extra 5K, a nice goody bag at the end and the feeling that you have earnt it. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: A toughy with some nasty hills! In full: Really nice facilities and organisation was slick with well marked course and good marshalling. Dont even think about a PB, there are some nasty up and downhills that would be dufficult to walk! Nice friendly atmousphere, and only small criticism is it could have done with some more water on the course and/or a water station at ths finish. Great goodie bag at the end though and i will be back next year, thanks! Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: A proper bit of cross country In full: Well divided into 5k, 10k and 15k options, according to how many laps you do - because it's certainly challenging! Steep, exciting terrain which throws you about to keep in balance at times. The ascents/descents aren't as long as the Box Hill Fell Race, but it's that kind of event - fast firm ground, and lung gasping! Sandy bits, the odd gully and tree roots, add to the variety and challenge. The 15km race is all about having grit for lap 3, as 2 can feel quite enough - but then you overcome fatigue to keep the throttle open, which is what cross country is all about.
Good to see various older runners determinedly completing the course. Although there wasn't a water station at the finish you were handed a bag with a refreshing ginger-fruit drink.
This is among the best cross country events in the South: a fine, challenging woodland route also good facilities with hot showers. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: nice off road event with some short but nasty inclines! In full: Really enjoyed this race. It is quite low key, friendly and charming. You set off from a sports ground and then descend steeply into the woods. Some very tough hills, someone said that they were 20%. Like most I had to walk up several. Organisation was fine. However, the 'organised warm up' only occurred 5 min before the start. I'm done warming up by then! Also, I only saw a drinks station near the end of lap 3, and unless I missed it, no drinks station at the finish. I would have been nice if it was in place for lap 2. Most of the 15k crowd will have run 40min plus by then already.
That said, the course was great, the athmosphere very friendly, and the view of Charterhouse superb. Really lovely outing. I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 23, 2011