In short: Beautiful In full: I loved this race. Although it was quite warm, the sun stayed behind the clouds most of the time and I was delighted that the last few miles were mostly through tree lined, shady lanes. Very thoughtful. The hills weren't much to worry about and the scenery was beautiful. Thank you to everyone who organised, marshalled and ran it. Worth the almost three hour drive home. Date of review: September 1, 2007
In short: Fantastic In full: Brilliant fun. I absolutely loved this race. The hills weren't too bad (seemed a bit longer on the second loop!) and the mud added an extra boost of adrenaline, particularly on the downhill bits.
Excellent organisation and great encouragement from the commentator and marshalls as well as the spectators.
I can't think of a single negative thing to say - even the weather was on our side - and whenever I think of this race it will be with a massive smile. Thank you to everyone involved. Date of review: February 11, 2007
In short: Extreme conditions but lovely course In full: As a beginner I found this race tough. Not because of the hills (they weren't that bad) but because of the weather. As mentioned, there was rain, hail, thunder, lightning and ankle deep streams to pass. I had so much rain in my eyes at one point that I could hardly see. I'd love to do this race in better weather because there was some beautiful countryside to admire, if only you could see through the monsoon.
I am full of admiration for the marshalls, the organisers, the tea and bun ladies - and for those of you who raced round like greyhounds. There were lots of serious looking runners but a few of us who came near the back to make up the numbers. The great thing about this race is that if you can run in these conditions you can pretty much run in anything. So well done everyone, a big fat pat on the back. Date of review: November 27, 2006
In short: What vile substance was in those 'energy' drinks then? In full: Very crowded for the first 4 miles or so - some very narrow streets for so many runners. Delayed start and lots of people in the wrong place. Bit chaotic.
Missed the 12 mile marker completely - but may have been distracted.
The marshals and the spectators were brilliant - and the only reason I would consider doing this one again. (How boring was that long, long road?)
Anyway, I did it. And raised shedloads of money for charity, so no more complaining from me. Date of review: September 17, 2006