In short: Excellent In full: One of the best runs around. Muddy, knee deep water and ditches. Excellent weather this year made it memorable. Nice horse brass to remember the race by, in fact these are the only race stuff I hang up. Well done Bearbrook. Date of review: February 18, 2014
In short: Very tough cross country race In full: Ran this with 3 friends who aren't full on runners. It was the first cross country experience for all of us and it was interesting.
I can't fault the marshals one bit apart from the fact that there were no mile markers. Had no idea as to how far I had run as with stream crossings my phone would have got wet so no gps. But the marshals were reall nice even after having to catch a 15 stone bloke after jumping a stream. A nice brass medal at the end and good atmosphere. I'll do it again but the conditions were very tough Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Add this to your race bucket list In full: Great race - a healthy mixture of mud, cow poo, streams, more mud and more cow poo. Well organised, marked and marshalled. Nice mix of terrain, definitely will be back next year Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Fantastic muddy and wet XC Race In full: Thoroughly enjoyed The Hardwick X-Stream. It was very muddy and very wet but I loved every minute of it. It helped that it was such a lovely morning. The marshal's were all very good at catching me, as I went flying over the ditches! The atmosphere between the runner's as I was going round, was also very uplifting. A nice memento at the end too. Well worth the entrance fee. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Small, friendly, muddy and fun!!! In full: Normally I look at longer events and in previous years I've been concentrating on marathon training and have ignored this event. Big mistake! If you want a break from the road running but don't fancy going all out on something like hellrunner then this is perfect. Friendly crowd, no gimmicks, a well marked course, the perfect balance of ups, downs, water and mud and a decent medal at the end and all for a tenner. Bargain. I shall be back next year to better my time and finishing place of 97th. Date of review: February 22, 2012
In short: Lovely little x-country, my favourite local event by far... In full: The weather was a lot better in the preceeding week this year than last year, and it made a big difference to the course and the conditions. 2011 was waist deep streams and sticky wet mud, 2012 was only knee deep and more sure underfoot. That (plus some additional fitness) meant i bagged an 11 minute improval over lat years time, and once again I really enjoyed the whole event. It's quite a small affair but is now a race that I will return to year after year. Great effort from the Bearbrook Runners... Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: mud glorious mud, and 5 water crossings for the hell of it In full: I always enjoy this race. A real x-country race, of muddy fun. I was well surprised with my time, a new pb for the course, as I'm not as fit as I was last time I ran it. I probably paced this race a lot better this year. Bearbrook running club always organise a good race, and with a lot of marshalls out on the course, at the water crossings and ditches everyone was well looked after. A good mix of fast and fun runners, so this is a good race for anyone that wants to have some muddy good fun. A big thanks to everyone at Bearbrook. Date of review: February 19, 2012