In short: Tougher than expected! In full: I thought it would be a nice jolly through the woods, but the route was undulating (different route this year) and in the above average March heat it made it a tough run.
The organisation was great, it was all very smooth and easy to get bags etc afterwards. The changing rooms were hardly used let along crowded which all made for a pleasant experience.
My only criticism is that the mile markers were out by a long way!! Which was very demoralising when you get to the 13 mile marker and still have half a mile to go! Date of review: March 11, 2014
In short: Beautiful day, stunning scenery In full: The alternative route was stunning, and I would imagine that the ending is far better than the official route. Was it my GPS, or was it slight under a half though? My watch said 20.8. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Excellent race, shame no chip timing In full: My favorite off road half. Undulating enough to be interesting, but not too challenging at all. Plenty of cheery marshalls, but the signage was a bit out. The thirteen mile sign was quite a distance from the finish! The addition of chip timing would make this perfect. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great off road half In full: Due to the all the local flooding the route was changed from previous years. This route was much better with less faffing about in the last 3 miles. Well organised and a great run for all abilities. I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 9, 2014
In full: My first time doing this, good organisation, lovely scenery, I found it challenging but that's because I don't run many hills, good use of sports hall so my family could go back and get a drink and cake! Marshalls were all encouraging and there were plenty of them Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation.Very friendly atmosphere. Challenging scenic course. Real sense of achievement when completing the course. Very helpful, friendly, encouraging marshals. Nice group of runner too! Date of review: March 9, 2013
In short: Awesome morning out! In full: First time doing this event and looks as though 2013 was blessed with much better conditions than 2012. Still there were stages where the headwind was really strong and you could only imagine the struggles that last years runners must have had.
Really good atmosphere in the hall before the race; a nice walk to the start line and a prompt start. First 8 miles on really good trails; marshalls everywhere and water stations generously placed with the extra bonus of being in bottles not rubbish plastic cups. Then there is a challenging off road section with some areas of deep mud. I opted for road shoes which were serving me really well, but wished there was a shoe change area at mile 8 to slip on the trail shoes. As it was, I lost both my shoes in a particularly deep muddy area but the marshall dived in and retrieved them - thanks mate.
Hills in the last two miles added to the challenge, a railway bridge to navigate then a quick run round the college sports field before hitting the line.
In the hall there was loads of lovely home made cakes for sale, hot drinks, a sweet stall, raffle and other related stalls. All volunteers were brilliant, the goody bag was very generous and all proceeds went to a local hospice.
A great race, challenging and beautiful course, well organised and superb value for money. My favourite race experience for a long time and superb timing for marathon preparation.
In short: Slick organisation, great route, and raising money for charity! In full: The weather couldn't have been worse but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the competitors, marshalls and volunteers. Organisation was better than some huge races I have done and the marshalls stuck out miles from anywhere in the driving rain and wind were happy and encouraging to the last! Great offroad route, I enjoyed the mud, and plenty of water and jelly babies! First Aid cover was brilliant and necessary as hypothermia was a real potential, a First Aider even came into the changing rooms just to make sure everyone was ok after they had finished! Tea, coffee and cakes available before and after the race, a free t shirt in the goody bag, and all raising money for a Hospice, so it really doesn't get any better! I'll be back next year for sure! Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Lovely run despite the mud! In full: Good race, challenging hill sections. I was able to push myself. The finish should be altered so it's not a flat stop however, nearly took the person out in front of me! Date of review: March 26, 2012