In short: Great first marathon, with a few 'treats' on the route In full: My first marathon, and I think I went through every emotion on this journey. The organisation was good, I used the buses laid on from the town centre. Loads of toilets, and even close to the start time, minimal waiting time. The first half of the race was good, with just a slight doubling back, and very flat and fast. Then the first treat hit at 13 miles, a sharp incline. Timing pads at 13.1 miles. Then the route got a bit back and forth, and the real challenge emerged at 17 miles, with a very long uphill section with zero crowds. The marshall saying it gets flat shortly was no help, as it didn't and that was a real moral drainer - thanks. The final 5 miles for me was a hard slog, hit the wall at resorted to run/walk. Crowds in this final section were amazing, really cheering their hearts out, offering sweets, oranges, drinks etc. Offical watering stations were plentiful and well manned handing out water bottles, which I prefer, plus loads of bins, so no need to dump randomly. Once you had finished a great medal and t-shirt. But what joker decided we had to go down two flights of stairs to get to get out of the finsihing zone, OMG pure pain, but quite funny in a perverse way seeing adults walking like they had a full nappy on. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Great town based race In full: The second year of the present company running the event, and it was very well put together. As a local to Cheltenham I am used to the scenery, but I have to say the route was really good - apart from the comments made last year about the race course. The race course really should be the first part of the race as it is very isolated and when runners are fresh this challenging section, with no spectators, would be better faced with fresh minds and legs. I put maybe for redoing because there are so many other events close by on the same weekend. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Great race, not many you can say are in two countries In full: After running in many other Rogue Run events, I had signed up very early for this race, and had been looking forward to it for ages. It didn't disappoint.
Looking back from the start point on the bridge it was amazing seeing all of the runners filling the carriageway. The majority of the rest of the race was in the countryside, lots of locals came out to support.
The route was undulating, but I prefer a route with a bit of a bite to it. Saying that though 3 out of 5 from my club, myself included, all knocked 5+ mins off our PBs. If you can defeat the hills on the way out, the way back is nice and fast.
There were a few minor points to resolve for the future, the goody bag (which was really good) and t-shirt had no controls to prevent people taking multiples - other events either mark the race number or hand. Sad to think people were taking advantage and stealing extra t-shirts and medals.
The toilet situation could have been improved with better signage letting people know that there were 8 of urinals, which were under-utliised.
As an event run by local runners with passion you have to take your hat off to them, they put a lot of 'professional' events to shame. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: My legs may forgive me one day In full: A very good race, and as my first mudrun I am sure there is a lot to learn from the experience. On the 12K course my Garmin clocked up 500m+ of climb. The biggest talking point is about what footwear to use, I chose spkies and just about got away with it. The route is very tough, with lots of hidden surprises under the water with stones and boggy sticky mud. In the one stream section I even swam part of the way to overtake others. A good you versus the course challenge. The only shame was the organisation at the start, it was supposed to be waves, but seemed little control over the process. I was in the first wave but along side those that were going to be walking the route, so a mass pile-up at the beginning into a stream crossing caused a lot of pushing and shoving. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Great goodies, challenging, bargain, shame about the mud In full: A bargain race at under £15 and chip timed as well. A really good technical t-shirt, medal and egg. The run out is pretty much all downhill, until the 5.45k mark then a killer 1k+ uphill slog. Nice crowds along the way with locals in their gardens clapping. The only downside was the muddy start which was difficult to run on in road shoes, and a slightly less muddy finish. Date of review: March 17, 2013