In short: Tough but well worth it. In full: Deep mud, killer hills and queues for the numerous gates in the first 3 miles. Cold, wet and windy so not much of a view from the top. Awesome marshalls, standing out in that weather and still being very encouraging. Great showers and changing rooms. Free tea, coffee and soup and home made cakes. Good T-shirt not included in the cost but you can't expect it with that entry fee. Well worth doing again, preferably at a walk on a nice summers day. Date of review: March 4, 2007
In short: A lovely way to spend a frosty winter morning. In full: A good varied course and an opportunity to try my new fell running shoes whgich easily coped with the mud and frosty grass. Only one really tough hill but we were rewarded with the sound of church bells as we headed down the other side.
Lack of distanc emarkers not a problem until I heard cheering towards the end only to find it was a football match and there was still half a mile to go.
Lovely hot showers and clean (before us!) changing rooms.
The coaster made a change although info on this site promised a horse brass. Perhaps I'll have to do it again next year. Date of review: February 6, 2007
In short: Could do better In full: A definite lack of toilets although having got my number, I went back and the queue had disappeared. The number of runners is an issue or rather the number of cars which narrowed the road to run on at the start and seemed to cause a lot of congestion. It's a good course with only the first hill much of a problem but then I didn't really have time to warm up. Annoyed to hear an announcement about showers after I had changed. No signs to them that I saw. Could do with better catering, there seemed to be mostly non-runners in the queue so I went to a cafe-bar near the station. Wouldn't do it again because I always want to try different events but I would recommend it to others, just leave plenty of time to get to the toilets. Date of review: December 31, 2006
In short: A tough race although it's deceptively easy for the first couple of miles. Very hard once the climb kicks in, especially in todays hot weather. In full: It's a challenging course. OK for beginners if they realise and jog round but it could be off-putting.
There were only two drink stations and some of the road junctions could have been a bit hairy. Also few entries this year so long spells of running alone.
I don't expect I'll do it again but that's only because I want to keep doing different events. Date of review: July 2, 2006
In short: Very well organised. Undulating but no killer hills. Short offroad section was unexpected but OK since it was dry. Would have preferred bottles to cups, didn't actually get much to drink. Nice medal but A T-shirt too would have been welcome, even if Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Worth another go In full: The problems with the late start and lack of water have been discussed thoroughly in the forum pages. Flat, fast route although a tad dull at the top end of the course where there were very few spectators. However, those elsewhere on the course were conspicuous by their silence. Real PB chance and with next years scheduled for 3 weeks earlier, I'll have another go, perhaps the full 26.2 Date of review: June 25, 2005
In short: Flat course, loads of encouraging marshalls, great quality sweatshirt. In full: Much more enjoyable than another training run for London. Roads a bit narrow although the delayed motorists didn't seem too put out. My only reason for not doing it again is because there are so many other events to try. Date of review: January 24, 2005