In short: Worth it for the view at the top!.. In full: I'm sure that there is a much shorter and easier route to the top, but where is the fun in that?.. Really enjoyed the stretch out this year, just as tough as before, but the weather was kind to us. Sunny with a lot of dappled shade through the woods with even a shower just as we were finishing to cool ourselves down...
I would recommend this race to people who want a good morning out, away from the traffic, along some very nice, sandy trails, but look out for the cyclists. Not too muddy this year either. :-) Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Hot In full: Phew, what a scorcher!.. To coin a well used phrase. This was my third outing here and each time it has been extremely well organised in fantastic grounds and this time there was even a fair for the family, so all in all it made all the blood, sweat and tears worth while. I was chasing my tail a little this year and found myself fading near the end, but managed a sprint at the end to secure myself a PB. Which was nice!.. All in all, better than sitting around the house. Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: Hot and challenging In full: Thanks again to the organisers for an incredible run through a beautiful part of the country on a gloriously sunny day. This was another one of those races which you wished you could take the day off from running and be a spectator (we've all had that thought am I right?) but was glad of the run after the ordeal (event) was over with. It is hard to believe that this was only the second year of running this event, looking at how smooth the organisation was throughout the day, parking, changing, announcements etc. Runners needs well catered for, bottled water on course and fruit at the end along with imaculate grounds to stroll and laze around on. My 5 year old enjoyed the play park after his 500 metre run and so a huge thank you to all concerned and it was nice too to see so many Cove Joggers at this event. One for the diary next year. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Great course!.. In full: Different course this year due to the filming of Harry Potter's latest wizardry and mayhem in the woods of The Lookout, but cannot comment on the difference as this was my first outing here. The start was a bit of a hike from the very full carpark, so I used the opportunity to warm up the legs. The race itself was quite congested early on, but soon thinned out and found the course to be quite nice and undulating and not too twisty, so made for quite a fast and pleasant run with only one or two muddy sections, but had a friend's dog lick my legs clean. Nice!.. Date of review: June 11, 2009
In short: Mercifully cooler than it had been!.. In full: All week it had been very hot, so surprisingly it was pretty cool and overcast on the night, so really helped the runners in getting around this 'undulating' course. An established favourite in my race calendar, but still quite tough when pushing for a PB. The sponges were welcome and the lack of a goody bag at the end was actually quite a relief, as we still managed to get a 'Forgoodness Shake' and a choky bar at the end, with a decent medal. All in all, worth doing, so looking forward to July now... Date of review: June 4, 2009
In short: Muddy in places. In full: This was the first running of the new, shorter course through the woodland on a cool and dry Wednesday evening. The course is now a, still challenging and well marshalled, 5.2 miles according to Garmin. With the course redesign and the, largely, dry and mud-free 2 laps or so of the circuit, all added up to a very enjoyable evening. Well done Finch Coasters for the first of the three run series. I am now looking forward to the next one. Date of review: May 27, 2009
In short: Suprising warm, shall we say!.. In full: No goody bag, but the race had been rescheduled and who really enjoys goody bags anyway?.. I loved the race, even though it was hot enough to sap the energy of a five year old (which I definately am not) which saw me getting slower and slower throughout the race with that elusive PB getting further and further away. A cracking medal, so well done to the organisers and marshalls for another successful event. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: Warm and twisty. In full: Excellent family run with a happy atmosphere attracting a large field and all for a great cause; to rasie money for the local hospital.
Organisation was excellent, with the huge, inflatable finishing arch and a big, clear read-out for the runners finishing times. Only a couple of gripes, the website was misleading because it said that you could not enter on the day, but in fact you could, which put at least one runner off of applying on the day, so, sorry for that Dave!.. Secondly, the start area was crowded and runners should have been told to line up sooner.
All in all though, a great race in the sunshine. One for the calendar for next year. Date of review: April 5, 2009
In short: An early start after Metallica the night before. In full: If the clocks going forward on top of a late night didn't get me, it was the hill at the end of the 6 mile loop that did it!.. The marshals were very well positioned and friendly, so there was no danger of taking a wrong turn so was not too taxing on the exhausted runner, so all in all, it hurt!!..
Very well done to the organisers and, as mentioned by others, to the elite runners which passed us effortlessly. Where do they get the energy from?.. A good tester for the FLM. Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: Warm!.. In full: Who would have thought it would be such a lovely day?.. Maybe too hot for running, but it made for an excellent spectator opportunity. I think that we all appreciated the crowds around the route, not all of them were in pubs too, but some were having picnics in the glorious sunshine. What a treat!.. The run itself was very plesant and the mile markers were clearly visible, so all in all a very good race. Top marks to the Lucozade Team for supplying so many bottles and in different flavours too. My two boys have appreciated the gesture also... Date of review: March 15, 2009