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
In short: Listen to the marshalls! In full: Had a good run, water stations well spaced - and you know were they are on each lap.
Joining Instructions could have been clearer: about the "no need" to sign in - and the fact that bands would be handed out on route - a change to last year.
Complaint to other runners: Despite the clear instructions of marshalls and race ref - I still had please running 4 a-breast - and at least one muppet thought the "no peeing in the locals garden" rule didn't apply to him.
Finish was better placed compared to last year - goody bag was a little bare compared to last year too. Date of review: February 2, 2012
In short: everything just right - but turn down the sun next time please In full: Last time I did a race through CLiddesden I was cycling in JUne - it threw it down all day and may hands were so cold I couldn't move them for an hour after the finish - that was the kind of weather I would have expected in October - not the hot sunshine we did get.
for a first time event it was really well organised, lots of people around in the town and along the route.
I never knew so many people lived in CLiddesden - seemed like they were all out, cheering the crowd on, they stayed out for ages too, still seemed to be out cheering on the slower runners.
Nice course to the race - the hills are there to make it tough, but at the top there is often a long down hill, which makes the climb to the top worth it.
well done to all involved - be back next year (with a sun hat) Date of review: October 10, 2011