In short: Good, well organised race In full: Runners called forward in 10 minute timebands so nobody should have started ahead of their abilities. Pretty flat and fast course except for the steps and steep path just after half way. Plentiful direction signs and marshalls. Canal towpath dry and firm in the hot weather although possibly treacherous in places if wet. One improvement would be the race numbers, mine dissolved within a couple of miles but otherwise a pleasant Saturday morning run. Date of review: May 26, 2012
In short: Brilliant but tough In full: Not so much a trail race as an entry level fell race! Big climb and because it was congested, no chance of going off too fast. Fairly technical descent with rutted tracks, mud and stiles but soon became tarmac. Nice and flat past the reservoir and a fast finish if you avoided the mud and tree roots. Great value for money and a spectacular place to run. Date of review: May 25, 2012
In short: Well worth the journey. In full: Difficult because of the wind but a potentially fast course on a better day. Great value with a medal, T-shirt and goody bag that was more than a bunch of leaflets. Only drawback was the lack of hot water in the showers. Well worth trying again and hoping for a better day. Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: One of the best of its kind In full: Could be a fairly ordinary trail race if it weren't for the obstacles that make it special, especially with marshalls and runners helping people to get round. Goodie bag a bit mean but probably the best T-shirt ever. The only reason for not doing it again is that there are plenty of other events that I haven't done yet. It is a bit pricey but this sort of event usually is with the cost of building the obstacles. A big thank you to everyone involved, including the masseuses at the end and the people who gave me a lift back to the station. Even the trains were on time so a great day out. Date of review: April 7, 2012
In short: Postponed due to snow In full: It's hard to give a fair review because snow caused a postponement. Although e-mails were sent the day before, some of us who travelled a long way didn't receive them and neither did some of the locals. The organiser arrived to say that on Satruday, the back roads were full of snow and he didn't think that he could have safely delivered the marsals around the course. However, the course markers had been put out and the 20 or so who had arrived went for a social jog around the course. Ironically the waether was perfect, warmer, dry and the lying snow soft and crunchy underfoot although if the race had gone ahead with a full field, the ground would probably have been very churned up. In some ways a disappointing day but met some great people and had an enjoyable run. Certainly looks worth doing properly. Date of review: February 6, 2012
In short: A good way to start In full: My first race for over a year. I chose it deliberately since it wasn't too long or hard. I train around the area frequently so I knew what to expect. A good one for any body doing their first race. More on tarmac than I expected but not too muddy off-road. Good showers afterwards too. Date of review: February 20, 2011
In short: Tough but fun In full: What started as a trail race became a fell race up on the moors above Bury. With only 2km to go, it turned into a mud fest. A very challenging event but great fun. The entry fee is steep, especially with no T-shirt or medal. Shortage of portaloos meant that some peole were still queueing when we were called to the start. At least there was somewhere to get changed afterwards, even if there was a lack of privacy which may have concerned some people. Great coffee was very welcome.
I would probably not do it again but only because there are plenty of other events to do. Date of review: October 24, 2009
In short: Tough, wet, very muddy and great fun. In full: The hils were steep, the mud was knee deep and there was even a little refreshing drizzle. It's hard but enjoyable. If you like Tough Guy, you will love this. Really good T-shirt and "medal", presumably made at the local pottery. I suppose it is a bit expensive but I doubt if you can run round the Land Rover testing track any other time so a special experience. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Very good for a new event In full: Good course, challenging in places but not too hard for first timers. I train round the area quite often but it wasn't as swampy as I expected after the recent rain. Plenty of course markers and marshalls and very good showers and lockers in the sports centre.
I just wonder why an off-road event had to start at 9 a.m. Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Not enough mud but good for the first time. In full: Not as hard as I expected but reasonably challenging. One bit was a bit dull, upa nd down the same field but It's probably difficult to squeeze 10 miles into a relatively small area.
A bit pricey but with all the marshalls, signs and tape, it was bound to be expensive to organise.
Very grateful to have proper showers and changing rooms and the guy who dropped me off at Stratford on the way back. Date of review: July 25, 2009