In short: Hilly but managable for road runners - Extremely well organised. In full: Great race overall, particularly the marshalling. Not as painfully hilly as others I have done but a lot of runners had their walking breaks. Due to the rain last few days it was very muddy and slippery on stretches, which often were along barbed wired fences. Although rain is not the organisers fault, perhaps the route could be altered to reduce slippery downhill sections. Having said that, that was only a small aspect of what is otherwise a race I'll definitely do again next year. Date of review: June 24, 2012
In short: Tough but great course, good marshalling and good infrastructure In full: Can't fault the organisation, and great atmosphere. Challenging but not insanely hilly. Highest climb was right at the beginning which was tough but managable.
If there is anything to critisize, it's that for slower runner having to cross the road at the car park where people are already leaving from. Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Very good preperation for a Spring Marathon - Very good, friendly marshalling In full: 4 Laps of 5 Mile each - not to everyone's taste but worked for me. I felt "making progress" by completing each lap. Little bit hilly, but all runnable. Clubhouse was v crowded, but really appreciated the facilities of the location. If I'm in the country next time for a Spring marathon, I'll definitely do this as preparation again. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Mud, Mud, Mud ... Mud was worse than hills. But beautiful to run in the forest In full: I was surprised how muddy it actually was given that it did not rain as much previous weeks. The mud mad it hard to run even of flat stretches - lucky I kept my shoes on!. A very good training run, worth 17/18 miles of a flat race. Def. do it again. Champagne at the end !!!! What could one ask more? Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: The RunAndBecome races are always a pleasure In full: The Self Transcendence races organised by Run and Become are always a pleasure - very friendly marshalling (and always nice to recognise the faces from the shop).
Running 5 laps in Battersea park for a 10 miler might not be to everyone's taste though.
You have to run 4 times past the finish line before you actually have made it ;)
In short: Too tough to run for most, but great challenge and great scenery, In full: 1/2 hour into the 22 mile race, I realised the idea of "running" it was silly - took me just over 7 hours to largely walk it. Although hilly and v muddy, great race to train muscles you never knew you had! Great atmosphere as well - old-timers were very helpful with directions for those new to this race and this kind of run (ie following walker instructions) in general. Travelled up from London and will definitely do it again. Date of review: January 24, 2010