In short: No mile markers - but when you finish going up you are half way there! In full: The summary above was the opening line during the race brief for this great cross country run. The 2015 race was 8 miles, and covered pretty much every type of running you could think of. It starts with a lap around Westbury cricket pitch, then hits the tarmac to the bottom of the first climb. This is a 100m+ elevation over the space of about a kilometre up a gravel track, but once at the top you get the magnificent views over most of West Wiltshire from the top of the Westbury White Horse (once the fog had lifted). It is then a steady run until you hit the 2nd big climb, and this is a real scramble, almost on all fours taking you almost to the nose of the white horse itself. This is one of the toughest climbs I have ever done on a race, but really rewarding at the top. Once there, it is down hill via fields, chalk path, mud tracks and forestways back to the finish line. Overall, it is a great, varied and fun event. There is a fair share of club runners and fun runners, and with a maximum of 200 runners it doesn't feel too big. All the marshals were fantastic and cheered everyone on. There was a water stop that you passed twice, and a rosette as a finishing memento. The organisation was spot on, no issues at all and because it starts at a leisure centre there was ample changing & toilets. Date of review: October 23, 2015
In short: Just what sundays are made for. In full: Good fun back to basics trail race with no contrived obstacles. Killer hill which seems to go on forever but then- Oh what views. Well done. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Really enjoyable run around the hills, great organisation. Super fun. In full: This was quite a small event around the Westbury hills near the White Horse. The organisers did a great job and the participants were all very firendly and welcoming. Some families, range of ages and faster runners meant a mixed group which was reassuring for slow coaches like me.
The checkpoints were well positioned; slow runners, like me, could go for a meandering route collecting as many lower scoring checkpoints without going too far a-field. Faster entrants could test themselves and go for the far reaching red flags but I don't think anyone could get them all in the time limit. The weather was really wet and visibility was tough, all of the flags were put just out of line of sight but not stupidly hidden and their positioning on the map was spot on.
I don't think I've done very well on the ranking table but really had a great time. I planned a route for all the yellow flags and all but one blue, but couldn't find one yellow flag and must of run straight past in a post hill climb confusion ;( but did finish, quite a lot wetter that I started, just inside the time limit. My phone GPS went crazy when I started recording so a bit of misleading data but here's the google map that I recorded on My Tracks http://maps.google.com/maps/msmsa=0&msid=210918956449555810467.0004a480f4e8a6d1edf7d Date of review: May 30, 2011
In short: Keep it small and friendly. Great local race. In full: Designated refreshment area would have been a nice touch. Leisure centre staff made cups of tea as it was so cold but I think they wouldnt normally do this. Loved every minute. Date of review: November 29, 2010
In short: A very good first running of this race. In full: Having signed up for this some time ago, we had no idea that race day would come round with sub zero maximum temps and snow on the ground. I opted for road shoes, thinking, correctly as it turned out, that any mud would be frozen solid... There wasn't a bit turn out, and I guess the weather may have deterred some, but those that stayed away missed an excellent trot up the hill and back. No views of the white horse, but other than that the scenery was good, with cracking views from the ridge (which on a clear day would have been spectacular). Organisation was smooth, and the up hill, down hill nature of the route suited me as I knew I could let rip in the second half. Not sure how many runners could be accommodated as the car park is quite small, but I hope to be back at this race in future years. Date of review: November 29, 2010
In short: so cold! In full: turned up at this run fully expecting there to be a sign at the venue stating 'run cancelled due to adverse weather'. But it wasn't, and so glad - really well organised first-time event. 3 layers but -6 degrees meant i was still cold but lovely little local event and nicce course that seemed to be over really quickly. well done stampede sports Date of review: November 28, 2010