A very challenging course (for the trails of rural Hampshire!), with stretches through ankle-height grass, mid-calf mud and a knee-deep ford... The (up-hill) stretch from 9 miles to the finish was harrowing and I loved it.
This was a really fantastic event, with plenty of encouragement from marshals, competitors and organisers.
The weather had been horrible leading up to the event, leaving some stretches extremely muddy (and tough-going), with a cold night immediately before-hand creating plenty of ice on the roads, too. There were a few tumbles, but plenty of support around to look after people and great care for a friend with a bumped head. Glorious sunshine saw us around, which showed off the countryside and views at their best.
All-in-all a lovely, friendly, tough run. Brilliant! Date of review: January 3, 2014
In short: "Challenge" is the right word! In full: What a great race!
The course is exactly as described: hilly, tough and glorious. The ups and downs must be balanced, as the race starts and finishes in the same place, but there were times when I thought the ups would never end...
I was really impressed to see so many "new" runners taking up the challenge of this race and, with a 2 hour time limit, it's certainly beginner friendly. The sense of achievement at the end was palpable and the cup of REAL ale a perfect treat. The marshals and water-stations were well-timed and friendly.
Thank you so much to the organisers: I loved it! Date of review: June 30, 2013
In short: LOVE this race! In full: Everything about this race was perfect: lovely mixture of runners; fab goody-bag; less running than I'd planned to do!
Seriously, I've never finished a race where someone with some sort of GPS hasn't said something like, "It was 4 metres short," or, "It was half an inch long," or some such twaddle, so let's get over it, eh?!
Yes it's nice to have comparative times, but let's get a sense of proportion. None of us are going to set any world records, so we run for fun (however seriously we take it). Yesterday's race was well-organised, friendly and a good giggle.
Well done Bracknell Forest Runners for having enough VOLUNTEERS to put on a super race.