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
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