In short: Hard as nails is an understatement In full: The toughest thing I've ever done. It makes another marathon seem an attractive alternative. I only made it round one lap of the killing fields.
It is expensive but all in a good cause and it's cheaper the earlier you enter.
Not exactly elitist but anyone not used to long distances offroad would struggle. Some upper body training would help.
Anyone with a fear of heights or claustrophobia is probably better off trying something else. The website gives details of the obstacles although these seem to change slightly year by year.
Great T-shirt but I regret not getting the medal. Now I know what I can't do so I won't try it again.
I can't believe they also run this in the winter. It was bad enough in July but having people pulled out with hypothermia does seem to verge on criminal irresponsibility. I know that everyone enters by their own choice but why give them the option and encourage them? Date of review: July 31, 2007
In short: Preferred the old course In full: I ran this a few times when it started and finished at the Castlefield Canal Basin. It couldn't have been there this year anyway because of Gordon Brown's enthronement at the Bridgewater Hall.
Quite a tricky course with 3 different laps. No real hills but long bridges over the canals and railways. The speed bumps around the stadium were more of a problem.
Better T-shirt than in the old days and overall a better event than the Great Manchester Run. A much smaller field but people seemed more inclined to start in the right place.
Could have done with a warning that the lead car would pass us. Didn't know whether it was an emergency or an impatient prat. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Really tough but I'm glad I did it. In full: I'm not sure whether the climbing or descending was the hardest but it was a lovely day to be up in the mountains. My longest and highest fell race yet but well worth the trip. Great scones at the end too. Date of review: May 26, 2007
In short: Hard but fun In full: I've never seen a hill like Trooper Lane, even in a fell race. Really hard, difficult underfoot in places but very supportive marshalls and good hot showers. Special thanks to the Bacon Buttie Brigade. Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: One of my favourite places to run. In full: I thought this race was better than my score might indicate. I didnt really notice the scenery en route but the surrounding fells are stunning, especially on this warm spring evening.
It is a bit hilly but coming down them, I really got into my stride and was flying, by my standards although the last climb was a challenge.
There were knots of spectators round the course who were enthusiastic. Un fortunately, running through the town centre, the local chavs were out. Strange how people who talk so much about "respect" have so little of it for others.
There were lots of marshalls but I didnt notice any mile markers. Fortunately it was a dry and bright eveing but if it had been cloudy and wet, Im sure many of us would have been finishing in the dark which could have been tricky with the amount of traffic and some tight bends.
No memento but for £3 you cant really expect any. Free tea or coffee and biscuits afterwards and hot showers.
My previous run in Keswick was the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in 2005 when we were blessed with similarly superb weather. I will be looking for more events there. Date of review: April 5, 2007
In short: Flat, fast but tight corners. In full: A good chance to get a quick time but a very convoluted route with some tight corners.
Few facilities. Toilet block welcome but I had to leave my bag at the drinks table. Most organisers seem to think that every runner has a car to lock their kit in. The memento was exceptional and the best thing about this race. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: I'll be back! In full: Had a case of runners trots so had to walk/jog the last 3 miles. Course not the swamp I had expected but then it had been dry. Fairly easy hills to start with but then a series of killer climbs around 10-12 miles.
Some people I spoke to thought that a memento would be nice for such a special event and would have gladly paid a formal entry fee rather than make a donation.
I don't usually run races more than once but I will do this one again and try to get it right. Date of review: March 25, 2007