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
In short: Challenging but achievable. In full: A tough course but not suicidal. Excellent marshalls and course marking. Even I couldn't lose my way and I can get lost crossing a room. Hard climbs and swift descents but mostly fairly dry underfoot. The most fun I've had off-road since the Sodbury Slog. I would recommend this to anyone unreservedly. Date of review: July 20, 2009
In short: Tough but fun In full: There seemed to be more than 800 feet of climbing but worth it for the view at the top. A bit cooler and less humid up there too. The start was delayed by the carnival procession but that wasn't a problem, glad it wasn't raining though. The river crossing was very welcome, pity it didn't come about halfway. Apart from the procession, there were other carnival attractions so something for the family to do while you're running. Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: Once is enough In full: Having dropped out in 2007, I was determined to finish this year. It was very hard in the heat but at least the water was warm. Annoyed again by those pushing past when there were bottlenecks - these weren't people destined to win so why do it? Had some help especially second time through the Anaconda when one of the Spice Girls gave a step up to the rest of us. I came in last, just behind them (it would have been ungentlemanly and unsporting to putsprint them). I've got the medal and I'm proud of that but now I'll keep to easy things like marathons! When I say that it's elitey, I wouldn't recommend anyone to do this without a lot of offroad experience and some weight training for arms and shoulders would be very beneficial. Date of review: July 28, 2008
In short: £38 for a bottle of shower gel!!! In full: Good fun and not too demanding but far too expensive. Average medal, OK T-shirt and a bottle of shower gel in the goody bag. I don't see how they can justify the price so definitely wouldn't do it again for that reason alone. The waterslide was great fun though, wouldn't have minded going back to do that again. Date of review: July 13, 2008
In short: Warm and hilly but suitable for all abilities In full: Quite a tough course especailly as it was quite hot when the sun came out but traffic-free and a good place to start my comeback. Good medal, numerous, supportive marshalls. Date of review: June 30, 2008
In short: An absolute shambles In full: This makes the Tough Guy look like guidance from the Health & Safety Executive. I was lsot twice on residential roads where they were no marshalls or course markers. I was with other runners and we all missed them, if they were there. To have a descent where you have to hang on to a rope was ludicrous. Anyone losing their grip would have ended up in the river, unless they were stopped by hitting a tree. The website emphasises the deerstalkers, tweed and eccentricity. I feel it doesn't state strongly enough that this is in fact a severe fell race. It was fortunate that the weather was relatively benign. In cold and wet weather, anyone getting lost in the woods and having trouble on the descents could easily lie there for hours and suffer from hyopthermia. At the finish, runners were pushing each others cars out of the swamp that the car park was rapidly becoming. In daylight, this would be a challenging event. In darkness it verges on the criminally irresponsible. As the coach said in Chariots of Fire "I've seen better organised riots". Even at the finish there was a lack of directions and I had to ask the way from runners who had finished. If they can't get enough marshalls this event shouldn't be held again. Perhaps they will be happy if someone dies of exposure. I wouldn't dream of doing it again and would suggest that nobody else does either. Date of review: March 2, 2008