In full: This really is what running is all about - great atmosphere, great mix of abilities, great organisation and great (FREE) tea & cake at the finish. Oh yes and don't forget those killer hills; 2 real nasties with enough others to keep the lactic in your legs. Oh yes and 2 ploughed fields too - brilliant.
No chance of a PB really - the Garmin here is so you can take a look at your elevation cross section afterwards and pat yourself on the back.
And all for £7 on the day. Brilliant value - and great marshalls too.
A perfect example of why club organised runs beat mass organised runs hands down. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Super race. One for the diary. In full: Goodness me, the heat today was brutal... but there was plenty of water stations and sponges and also locals using their own hosepipes to cerate run through showers. There was lots of appreciative support through the villages and excellent marshalling. A really excellent half to get your legs into. I'll be back next year. Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: Just terrific. Really good for all levels of runners and a great atmospere to go with it. In full: Proof again that small races in the countryside are the best. Well marshalled, well supported through all the villages, regular water stations with bottles (yay!) not cups (boo...), barely any traffic, great scenery and fairly flat so good for both PB chasers and beginners.
I love this type of race, with fellow runners giving encouragement as you overtake or get overtaken. I could go on... Put it in your diary for next year. Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Good fun with some challenging inclines. In full: This trail run is all about enjoying yourself - the styles, kissing gates and road crossings combined with some killer hills put pay to any PB ambitions - but it was really enjoyable. Terrific. Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: Great scenery and very good marshalling. Lots of uphills but that means lots of downhillls too; a PB is not out of the question. In full: The baggage issue has been well covered but the two stage entry was dull too (pay with PayPal but also fill out a printed form to post or scan/email - quite a clumsy way of doing it.) Iron these out and you have a perfect spring race. The hills were challenging but not hideous, the scenery was beautiful, the marshalling excellent and the support super. I'll be back for more next year. Date of review: March 19, 2012
In full: As with others, I too got a little lost due to poor signage. I have done trail runs before where the use of flour on the ground to make big helpful arrows really helps in addition to the usual printed arrows tacked to hedges and trees. This is especially useful at forks in tracks etc. It's environmentally friendly too as they just wash away after the event.
But lets not let this detract from a good first effort. The start/finish hospitality & refreshments were excellent and the car park free and whoever arranged the weather was spot on...
I'll be back next year as it's a local run for me and hope the signage is better. If not at least know the route now!!! Date of review: May 21, 2011
In short: Loved it... In full: After taking up running again a year ago after a 15 year hiatus this was my first tiptoe into a race scenario. Yes there is a tough hill start but nothing a bit of sensible pacing doesn't resolve and then the course was beautiful. Next year, you bet! As it was year one for this event it meant it was small (60 odd entrants I think) but that made it perfect for me. Date of review: August 28, 2010