In short: nice low key local race In full: Sort of half way between a fun run and a serious race. Mountain bikes go first and then the runners. Fairly easy trail with only one hill before half way. Some mud but not much. Nice downhill / flat second half . Relaxed village feel at the finish with cake and real ale. Only 4 miles from me too! Date of review: April 17, 2016
In short: a lot easier than the grizzly! In full: This race is fun! Still has the offbeat feel of grizzlys of yesteryear. Running conditions were perfect and I did a 20 miler PB. Great course not muddy but still soft and nice views towards the end. Well organised and plenty of friendly marshals. Liked the food at the finish. Only thing I'd like to be added is the first page of results to be posted up as i was fairly near the front. I will just have to wait for them on the website! Date of review: March 15, 2016
In short: cross country racing In full: Not as muddy as last year but still a good course and the drier sections in the woods gave us a break from the mud of the water meadows. No need to soak my shoes in a bucket of water when i good home unlike last year. Date of review: December 7, 2015
In short: tough,muddy, cold mararhon In full: Nearly enjoyed this my 3rd marathon. Lovely countryside and even a view of the coast at one hilly point. Enjoyed the lower temperatures and the varied and sometimes soft trail when we weren't on the 8 miles of tarmac that wad included. Overall a nice low key rural multiterrian marathon. Fantastic huge medal, and a goody bag too (lots of people missed these because they were in the hall) Date of review: November 27, 2015
In short: my favourite autumn race In full: This race is worth doing just for the view on top of okeford hill looking out over north Dorset. Seemed more entrants this year so prehaps word of mouth is spreading. Perfect conditions this year. Who needs the great south run? Will always want to do this race!
Ps if anyone found a black grey turquoise aldi running sock probably on the grass behind the church hall its mate is pining.... Date of review: October 28, 2015
In short: super tough rural trail marathon.....and food, dancing,camping and massive ice creams In full: I was inspired by Paula Radcliffe that it was finally time me to do a marathon after 12 years of trail races (5k-21 miles). Having read about this race in the 50 best races pullout - this is the one! The hills were bigger than I thought and it was warm, but I was doing well, thanks to the great drink stations and walking the hills,until at the top of the last big hill where they dreaded cramp started, managed to get running again until 300m (A nice view over sydling!) from the end where my legs said ENOUGH . Walking up to line another runner appeared rapidly closing on me causing me to do a chicken run over the line and then falling in a heap on the grass. Terminal cramp! A big thank you to the two guys who had just finished for getting my legs stretched and helping me up! All was fine after a massage much to the relief of the first aiders. Back to their village green after a shower and change for a massive ice cream and watching the rest of the field finish in the sunshine. Amazingly I still finished 41st!!
A fantastic post race chilli, real ale and local cider was enjoyed at the village hall followed by a barn dance until bedtime!
Have post marathon legs today and I'm almost thinking about doing it again next year
In short: still tough even after all these years In full: Nice to be able to leave a proper review now someone has untangled all their races. 10th terminator in 12 yrs so i have seen the race grow get longer and then shrink again. Still just as tough as there always seems to be mud in new places to catch you out . Even got a Easter egg as a spot prize! Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: Old school cross country on a wonderful muddy new course In full: Loved the new course and was much muddier and tougher than the old wasing estate one. Everyone seemed to have had a good time although some had to extract lost shoes from the mud. Just used two bowls if water in the back sink to clean my trailfox shoes as they were too muddy to bring in the house! Can the organisers can find more mud for next year? Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: This is the most wet, cold, muddy and nearly suffering from hypothermia despite wearing plenty of clothes since I did Tough Guy in January 2004 In full: fantastic food stations enabled me to get round in a reasonable time despite the awful conditions - most of the off road paths resembled small streams and some of the narrow uphill sections had such deep gullies they were unrunable! In summary extreme long distance MT racing and great training for the grizzly as well! Date of review: February 10, 2013