In short: Fantastic race in a fantastic place In full: Amazing scenery, friendly event, well administered. Great for anyone who enjoys long distance running, jogging or walking around a stunning coastline. Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: Could not fault this race In full: Very well organised & friendly. Navigation was easy as the route was well marked. Undulating at times but mostly very runable. Generous refreshments at CPs. Good technical t-shirt at end. Ideal for a first time ultra but just as fun for experienced runners. Date of review: October 10, 2011
In short: Tough running on a mountain bike course In full: This was the first running of this event, which is part of the weekend which makes up the Mountain Mayhem mountain bike festival. It was an interesting experience running at night on what had been designed as a mountain bike route -hilly, bendy, slippy, twisty, more hilly... I was very glad to be running rather than on a bike!
For me the unexpected highlight was being part of mountain mayhem - the largest mountain bike endurance race in the world. I arrived in this rural part of Herefordshire to find a city of tents with thousands of mountain bikers, rows of marquees, huge TV screens, etc. There were just a handfull of runners and we were given great support by the bikers, whose event was the following day. We also got to run with the canni cross people and their dogs which was fun.
Because the race started at 8.45pm and much was in woods it became pitch black and torches were essential. There was a little bit of a planning mix up as the advertised distance was 10k but the route was actually 10 miles, however the organisers made a last minute concession and created 2 routes to the finish to allow runners to choose either a 10k or a 10 mile race.
A full goodie bag and fantastic facilities explains the cost of £16.
A fantastic experience. Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: beatiful circular route In full: the best aspect is the stunning scenery. The fisrt half of the race is flat and temptingly fast, the second half has some hilly surprises. Some of the problems mentioned in 2010 about shortages at checkpoints had been resolved. Still the same number of checkpoints, but that was not a problem - runners are given all the details in advance so there can be no complaints. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: mad, bad and dangerously fun In full: A crazy cross country with all manner of obstacles and no shortage of mud and water with plenty of runnable sections between. Very well marshalled and organised, generous goody bag, good facilities, welcoming atmosphere for all abilities. I predict that this race will become an off road classic. Unforgettable instruction from one of the marshals "turn left into the mud pit". The inflatable children's toys in one of the streams was a nice touch. Well done Runaround and Top Barn. Date of review: November 29, 2009
In short: mad In full: lots of hills, mud and water. The race this year followed a long dry spell, I hate to think how muddy it would have been in a normal October. Nice goody bag. A vast range of competitors from the ultra fit to the first timers looking for a dirty experience. Date of review: October 13, 2009
In short: hills, hills, hills... hurts in a nice kind of way! In full: great event. Very well organised & marshalled. Respect needs to be given to the hills but a must for anyone who likes a challenge. Not much mud this year due to the ice. Date of review: December 17, 2007
In short: nice local level event for good charities In full: Good options of 5k, 10k or 15k. Welcoming to beginners. Lots of other activities to keep non-running supporters occupied. Lack of distance markers was a shame. Logic can not explain how this circular course has more up-hill sections than down-hill, but I promise that it does! Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: great event that welcomes the whole family In full: friendly race on a quick traffic free course. Runners of all abilities side by side. Lots of activities available for non-runners. Fun-run for the kids. Mug for competitors much better than a medal or certificate. Anyone thinking or organising a run should folow Crowle's example. Date of review: May 8, 2007