In short: A great off road HM - so much better than the ugly big city races... In full: One of my all time favourite races. 99% on trail and a challenging but not too bumpy course. Hope the organisers don't try to expand the field - 1200 the absolute limit ?
The shuttle bus system worked well. Date of review: March 17, 2008
In short: The best 10k road race on the circuit ? In full: A great race - Bourton RC should be very proud, and the locals thanked for putting on such a superb day. No wonder its so popular and attracts 'the elite'. Book early for 2009
The two interesting and well supported ~1k laps at the start and finish make for an exciting, fast race - even for those of us in the middle of the pack ; nowhere to hide etc ! Not getting too carried away, and pacing yourself for the more straight forward (literally..) middle part of the race consequently especialy impt at Bourton. Be prepared for a very fast start with lots of heel clipping..
The bends, twists and turns do provide some opportunity for corner cutting though. 6.14m according to my Garmin (others made it >6.2) - there again, desperate to get a PB and dip under 40m for the first time, i did run in the kerbs ! Date of review: February 26, 2008
In short: The best winter road race in S.Wales ? V.friendly, excellent organisation In full: Pont Rodents deserve much credit for organising this fine race year on year. Highly recommended.
Regarding negative comments about the scenery, its not that bad ! Speed also comes at a price - with so much surrounding green, rolling countryside (not to mention the Taff Trail..) am sure the option of making it more photogenic has been considered - how many of those taking part would prefer taking to the hills though ? Date of review: February 4, 2008
In short: A great off-road race with a serious altitude problem - top bananna ! In full: Well done Brackla Harriers for organising such a great and unique race - 600 is probably about the limit on the current course though. Can't wait for next year - some training may even be resorted to ! Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: Crowded start, but things soon pick-up. Much improved In full: A big thanks to Kidney Research and all who organised/supported for laying on a much improved race. You deserve much credit..
Maybe the council could be more helpful though ? There is more to life than shopping and the retail lobby ! Bring back the later start, for those travelling from afar, and the right to roam - the parks are great, but a big city race like this needs big chunky roads...
In short: Excellent off-road race in deepest, wildest ,Wales - organised by runners, for runners.. In full: Highly recommended - interesting variety of forest tracks, trail and fell underfoot, followed by equally rewarding mixture of fruit cake, sponge and bread and butter pudding after the race !
Many thanks to Maldwyn Harriers for organising and laying on such a fine race Date of review: September 2, 2007