In short: Text-Book Rural Multi-Terrain 10k! In full: Lovely setting with start/finish near Gawsworth Hall; country lanes with v.little traffic, canal towpath, a footbridge to go up/over/down, woodland paths (few tree-roots), more tarmac, and finishing with field-edge run-in Clockwork organisation, only v.small prob was the queue for the loos. Now I have a "course PB" I will come back in future years to improve it! Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Splosh! In full: Ideal as a first fell race, at the bottom end of the glorious Goyt Valley, with panoramic views from the highpoint at Windgather Rocks. Run off the annual carnival/procession, so great atmosphere and plenty for spectators to see/do. Awesomely well organised by Goyt Valley Striders. Recommended to All! :o)
In short: Monstrous (in a Good Way!) In full: Staggeringly beautiful views in all directions. Great start/finish area in Dolgellau town square. V.well marshalled, plus water stations (unusual for a fell race). 3 Miles out, 2.5M up, 2.5M down and 3M back made for very tough time, esp on a v.hot day in 2009, but great feeling of achievement. Date of review: June 2, 2009
In short: Fun In The Sun In full: Gorgeous scenery in a shamefully overlooked area of the Peak District. All ups and downs with v.little flat (just how I like it!) Great start/finish venue at Pavilion Gardens kept kids amused. V.well organised (easy EOD, in my case 20 mins before start!) lots of marshals. Free T-shirt to boot! Will deffo do this again :y:
In short: Perfect Race In full: Fantastic undulating multi-terrainy type course (very little flat) - just how I like it! Mostly wooded areas, but still plenty of open areas and gaps to enjoy panoramic vistas of mountains/Windermere. The 2 water-stations came at just the right times given the unseasonable high heat; parking/registration were quick and easy and nice to start from centre of Hawkshead. Intend to complete the "full set" of Lakeland Trails at some point... :oD Date of review: April 21, 2009
In short: BEST... RACE... EVER! In full: Since I got into fell-racing a couple of years ago, I've done over thirty different ones and while there hasn't been a bad one amongst them, this particular race has gone straight to the top of my personal charts.
Stunning "roller-coaster ridge" of 5.5M up from village of Llanwuchllyn at south end of Bala Lake in North Wales, to the trig point of Aran Fawddwy (907m), comprising total ascent of 2600ft.
Fantastic combination of gradients/underfoot conditions (grassy/boggy/tussocky/rocky) with spectacular view in all directions at all times.
Very well organised, with special emphasis on safety of competitors if weather were to turn nasty.
In short: High Legh Recommended! In full: EXTRAORDINARY attention to detail on the organisation - completely faultless - especially liked having own name printed on the number - felt priviliged to have secured a place! Lovely scenic Cheshire lanes, only very mildly undulating, so very PB-able (which I did!) - aided especially by Accurate Kilometre Markers. Intend to do this race as many years as possible into the future... Date of review: February 23, 2009
In short: Flat, Scenic, PB-tastic Course! In full: Mostly on cycle-route along river. One minor hill (rose about 100ft in 2 Miles, so hardly worth mentioning) so high PB-potential. Hardly any spectators, although I'm sure more would turn out if better weather. I coped OK without Mile markers, as I've done a few HM's before so paced myself OK, plus the out-and-back nature of the course meant you knew roughly how far you had to go from about 9M. I'd definitely do this one again one year, if I fancied another crack at a PB :o) Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Short Sharp Shocker In full: FANTASTIC little race run off the Wildboarclough Rose Queen Fete at Crag Hall. Beautiful setting, running across the valley, down through (literally!) the stream and up to the top of the landmark summit of Shutlingsloe and back. Short enough to run full out the whole way and not care cos you'd be finished soon! £1 to get into Fete then £2 to enter race - WHAT A BARGAIN! Great for spectators, as majority of course could be viewed from the lawns of Crag Hall! Date of review: May 27, 2008
In short: Mostly Marvellous! In full: Easy to find (nr end of M62); easy parking; great playground for kids; lovely 3-lap course within park; very flat, so good PB potential; well marshalled; good for spectators. 2 slight probs: start was narrow/congested the distance markers - no km markers, and the Mile ones were just plain wrong - if they could sort this out, this race would be PERFECT! :o) Date of review: April 28, 2008