In short: Tough but very rewarding - a great race, by a great club, with the best cake + tea in town awaiting at the finish. In full: A last minute decision over breakfast for me to enter this (I hate hills !) but so glad I did.
"Challenging" but hugely rewarding. Will be back next year, hopefully with more club mates from Les C (what better way to prepare for the Welsh Castles Relay in 2 weeks time ?)
This is the 30th time this race been run - can only get bigger and bigger for the next 30 years. Congrats Bath RC, you should be very proud. Probably the best marshalled race I've ever done - but more sponge cake next year please !
GE + LS - you done good today !! Date of review: May 26, 2007
In short: Well organised, great athmosphere. A rewarding race over a challenging course In full: Glad I took a last minute decision to do this - I'll be back for more next year. First impression this a much overlooked event which can only go from strength to strength - big thanks to those who organised and supported
The course a little hillier than I'd been told - but doable none the less. Probably the liveliest finish, and certainly the nicest trinket for finishers, I've ever received in 100+ races
Only niggle maybe the traffic - several sections involved some dodgy road sharing with cars, most of the drivers very thoughtful/patient, but some others less so. An earlier start (9.30 or 10.00am ?) might alleviate this and the inevitable risk presented to those taking part. Better still, maybe some tweaking of the course ? Am sure such things have been considered (the race, as said, seems very well organised)
Combining the HM race with both an optional relay event covering the same course and fun runs for younger runners seemed to work really very well - "races within a race" etc.
In short: fine day out in a beautiful, over-looked, part of Wales In full: Bucking the trend by not sending out race nos/any information to those who've entered in advance. I also felt a bit sorry for the (smelly ?!) girls who could'nt take a shower. That said, most races have no such facilities...
Beginners may also sulk at not getting a medal/T-shirt - I prefer cream eggs, low entry fees and a comfy bar at the finish though. Also good to see the Welsh AA promoting by making this a championship race
Many thanks to all who organised Date of review: April 9, 2007
In short: Gets better and better - the holy grail of trail ? In full: Thanks to everyone involved in organising and supporting this fine race. Much more fun than running on road and, for lazey types like me, nothing too serious in the way of hills.
Great support, scenery and organisation Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: grand day out with fine people in the most overlooked part of the Brecon Beacons In full: Multi-terrain in the true sense of the word !!
Scrambling up/down/through, up/down/through (etc) the boggy heights of the high Beacons, rugged limestone and swallow holed hinterland, quarries, bracken festooned moorland, ancient oak forest, rugged farmland of the Talybont/Usk area with the occasional bit of history (Chartists caves) or flat bit (ridge or canal) to help pass the time. The best £6 you will ever spend.. Date of review: October 15, 2006
In short: "the sun always shines in Barry" ! In full: Once again, a well organised, well supported, challenging but very rewarding little race. You'll curse the hill, but come back for more next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006