In short: My trainers will never be white again! Fantastically mud-packed! In full: I loved this race. Despite my woe at the 6.45am start to get there, this race made my New Year's Eve.
The organisation was fantastic, the organisers were really friendly and the young helpers made me feel like I'd won Olympic gold when I crossed the finish line.
I felt a bit of a mug in my normal trainers, especially when running - or trying to stay upright - through the patches of clay and mud. I think trail shoes are a must-buy for next time - and a clean pair of shoes in the car for the drive home!
This was one of the most enjoyably challenging races I have done, maybe because at times it was like running through quicksand. This one will be on my calendar every year. Date of review: January 5, 2012
In short: An unusual addition to any race calendar In full: Really enjoyed this race, especially the jaunt through Imber and the view across the Plain. The lack of female toilets and subsequent queue situation meant I missed the start of the race, but it didn't cause any major issues. This was a small, peaceful run and the perfect antidote to Christmas overload. Looking forward to Plain Crazy 2012. Date of review: December 30, 2011
In short: Great course and encouraging marshals In full: The weather perked up enough to make this lovely race even better yesterday. The course wasv fast and the marshals enthusiastic and encouraging - which made up for the lack of spectators on this blustery day. I thought £16 was pretty steep for those signing up on race-day but despite the advertised price of £12 for affiliated runners, when I got to the runners world check-out I was charged £14. Lovely medal, a very well organised race and plenty of seasoned runners who were very free with advice for an obvious novice. Loved it. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Great mix of ups and downs on the course - very well marshalled - beautiful day In full: A very well organised run with a great mix of club runners and beginners (like me). Because of the baking heat I would have liked an extra drinks stand say, around 7-8k but on a normal mild April day I'm sure the one at the 5k point would be more than enough. The marshals were great encouragement and it was nice to pull up the venue to see a proper racing hub. Loved it! Date of review: April 25, 2010
In short: Lovely day. Lovely scenery. Lovely. In full: A challenging 5k but good fun. Marshals were very friendly. I heard quite a few complaints about the quality of the goody bags which were mosy stuffed with paper and it seemed that a few people were disappointed by the lack of medal for all but the 2k fun runners. My only gripe was that I thought it a little deflating (pardon the soon-to-become- apparent pun) that organisers were bringing down the finishing line/arch before some of the 10 mile runners had finished. I wouldn't have been very enthused if I was nearing the end of a challenging race to find the finish line gone. Date of review: April 13, 2010
In full: Beautiful day for it. Felt cheated when I got to the 5km point to find a hill laying in wait - had been assured on entering that the course was flat. Very good run though, tougher than others I have done but definitely still beginner-friendly. Date of review: March 29, 2010