In short: Four out of four In full: Fourth time here and it gets better each time. I used to hate this course, the sandy ascent up to St Marthas church, the up and straight back down to St Catherine’s Abbey – but now I know what to expect I embrace the course. A little more surreal this year – being cheered on by several groups of hiking Duke of Edinburgh girls, followed by the sight of an old woman and a wizard in the woods (they were real I’m sure). Marshalls as always were excellent – I think half the county had a marshal job. Plenty of aid stations with water food – so never thirsty or hungry. Good crowd of runners and hit the start line just as it started to rain (although no as heavy as last year’s rain) There was a moan that there were no mile markers – made a nice change (if I wanted to know I could have used the GPS) not to know – just running on feel as a steady pace. Well done to the organisers – ticks all the boxes: good route, easy parking, well marked course, plenty of aid stations and cake at the finish line. Be back next year to make it five out five.
In short: Great race and weather In full: First time on this race - usually away for easter - but the timing for this was perfect. Goof varied course - even though I did the 40 - still enjoyed the 2nd loop (hills were a lot tougher 2nd time around)
Organisation was brilliant - that's to everyone involved - be back next year. Date of review: April 7, 2013
In short: Bit wet underfoot In full: 2nd year running this one, less windy than last year (and warmer too). Muddy in places and slippery underfoot - saw a few people go flying - definitely a race for shoes with plenty of grip.
Always impressive seeing the lead runners on the way back when you are still miles from the turnaround. Respect to the Gingerbread man too - bet that was tough going when the the wind got up.
Aid stations well placed and well stocked, enjoyed the mulled wine - I am blaming that for slowing down so much on the return leg.
Clif bar and socks were a nice find in the goody back - thanks to marshals and organisers. Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Excellent Race In full: not as hot as last year - so managed to bag a PB on this hilly course. Great support on the way round from the villagers (thanks Cliddesden). Water stations great (it is still such a waste though - 2 sips from a bottle before it gets chucked)
Great organisation - so nice to run on roads without traffic - local kids in Cliddesden, were out on their bikes before the race on the traffic free roads.
Be back again next year - thanks organisers. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In full: Great organisation - marshals seemed to be every 50 metres (thanks marshals) lots of drink stations too. The scientific recovery food at the finish line (or cake as is was known) was excellent too!
Third time of doing this race and I think I have started to enjoy these hills rather than fight them. Terrain is mixed from gnarly roots to sand beaches - always need to concentrate on obstacles, especially when the legs are getting tired. Had a few trips - despite every root and pothole being covered in orange paint.
See you again next year Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Hot run in the forest In full: Well organised family day out. Kids enjoy (well they ran) the 3K before and were very pleased with their efforts. 10K is route is easy to follow, hot day so water stops were at the right point. Well organised race would do again Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Third time and still love it In full: Weather has been different every time I have done this race - wet and windy this time (at least there was no snow or hail)
Love the staggered start, breakfast, route marking, general organisation, friendliness of other runners, on route and at the breakfast table, the grunts and groans of fellow runners peeling off their wet kit.
Big thanks to the marshals - at least running about keeps you warm, standing still must have been freezing
My only negative is that the mist and rain obscured the fantastic views - not something the organisers can control.
Be back again next year Date of review: March 5, 2012