Mortimer Forest Hill 10

Offroad shoes

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07/11/2007 at 11:00
Hi, judging by the comments on the feedback I'm going to need to invest in some offroad shoes for this one. Can anyone confirm?
08/11/2007 at 11:54

Yes - I've done this quite a few times. Most of it is off road, There are bits that are very slippy and other bits where your running in 6 inches of sticky mud.

08/11/2007 at 11:58
Cheers Simon, your help is much appreciated.
08/11/2007 at 12:18

Bring a 4 wheel drive with as winch and you'll be OK

It is muddy and some of the hills are so steep that you have to walk up.  In fact the first major hill is almost a hands and knees job, I find I have to hold onto the trees to avoid going AOT.  On one of the descents I crashed into the brambles and nettles.  It's a good idea to wear tights!!  And on the final descent you have to hold onto the Christmas trees.

Huge fun though

Race is the same day as the Telford 10k.  I like MF though so I'll probably end up there

08/11/2007 at 13:19

You paint a vivid picture Edski, thanks. At least I now know what I've let myself in for!


08/11/2007 at 13:31

Oh meant to say - wear a pair of gloves, tights and a long sleevie.  Off-roaders essential else you'll slide all over.  Hat optional...

09/11/2007 at 08:45

I did it for the first time last year - the most memorable things were the amazing scenery vfrom the top of every hill, and there are at least 6 distinct ones, the fact that most of the runners arrived in Subarus and wore Walsh or similar fell shoes, and the lukewarm showers with blocked drains at the end. 

Ggreat race though and I'm going for it again this year!

09/11/2007 at 10:43

I've done it loads of times, these are two memories -

 1 The first time I did it I thought I was being chased by a bull! There was no one near me when I crossed the field before the carpark. There were some cows in it. I sensed something coming up behind me. I was about to panic when heard voice saying this is tough! I've never been so relieved to be overtaken!

2 One year it was so misty at one point you could only see about 10 yards in front!

What amazes me is the mountain bike race which takes place on exactly the same course 1/2 an hour earlier. I wouldn't even like to try and push a bike up some of the slopes.

09/11/2007 at 11:28

Some tales to whet the appetite here, thanks all. On the downside it looks like I have some pre-race purchasing to do, on the plus side I have something very different to look forward to having only done road events before now.

See you there! 

10/11/2007 at 10:06
ye, this is a belting fell race that feels more like a hilly trail race. reading the above, it's all true, apart from the blocked drains: that was the bath Butty van does a roaring trade before & after the run.
i'd wear a fell shoe or a trail model with an aggressive outsole otherwise it's too easy to lose traction. not sure about tights but gloves a must if it's chilly - somewhere to stash your keys, too.
it's such a good event that i travelled from/to Liverpool on the 4 occasions i've run it.
i hope you have a fantastic run, Richard
11/11/2007 at 21:43

waheey sounds good to me see you there

11/11/2007 at 21:44
(its wearing tights thats got me)
12/11/2007 at 13:19
I said wear tights cos if you do crash it can be painful if you land in some brambles or a thorn bush, and also there are always lots of bits of sharp twigs poking out from the Christmas trees.  Also it is usually v v muddy (not helped by the mountain bike race) so you don't want to wear a shiny new pair.
12/11/2007 at 15:30

I ran the route a couple of weeks ago and can confirm that it is already a bit slippy in a couple of places.

Some people run this in road shoes each year - they are the ones covered in mud by the finish! (actually, they're usually covered in mud within a mile of the start)

Edski - the only time I raced this I ran straight into one of those christmas trees - it didn't even attempt to get out of my way. I won't be racing this year because I will be out on the course marshalling.

12/11/2007 at 17:36
and the entry form is sat on my coffee table..... begging me!
12/11/2007 at 19:55
...u knows u wants to....
13/11/2007 at 13:12
This forum is great, isn't it. Really pleased I posted the question - thanks for your help. In particular, swittle who has helped further with the specific choice of shoe and Johnny again who has left me in no doubt whatsoever about the likely consequences of wearing the wrong footwear.....
13/11/2007 at 16:11
LOL I think I will be the saddo in white trainers then.  I don't possess any trail shoes and need to control my knees! I will wear the tights though!
13/11/2007 at 16:46

I have run this fabulous race many times, and there will be a large contingent from Dudley-Kingswinford there again this year.

If you haven't got proper shoes, don't run it. The part of the course just after the feed station after you reach the summit is treacherous on the way down, and impossible without proper shoes.

14/11/2007 at 12:00
What other similar races do people enter in the early part of the year? I usually do the Stourbridge Stagger, The Wyre Forest MT 8 and the Treat. Last year I did the May Hill Massacre. I have also done the Muddy Woody - but usually miss out as I leave it too late to enter. I've done the Dursley Dozen once - it usually clashes with something else closer to home. 
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