In short: The Weather Gods smiled In full: A beautiful clear sunny day, though windy on the return to home, lifted the spirits after so much rain. Plentiful enthusiastic emails from the organiser and I think it was he who kindly picked us up from the station too - how's that for service? The course, out and back with a loop round a village or two. Plenty of variety, mostly on very quiet roads, some field and woodland track - bit muddy but easy enough in road shoes in spite of all the rain. Constantly undulating though never any really big or steep hills. A good challenging but very fair course. Water at the finish would be appreciated but enough on the course and bananas and some kind of fizzy recovery drink provided at finish. Altogether a very nice race and easy to access from Central London Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Still a lovely local race In full: Did this in 2009 in the snow, before Eventstolive took it over. I loved it then and loved it again today in bright sun and plenty of mud. Mostly uphill on the way out and mostly downhill on the way back, with a nice mix of trails and woodland paths and very little road. And a big improvement to have the very deep puddles at the end not the start of the race. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Lovely local, great variety, good fun In full: Based at the village hall with good facilities, including hot showers and home made cakes. The run starts through the village then heads up through fields and into a dark and twisty wood. Need to be careful of your feet on tree roots here but good fun. A bit more road then a sandy hill and more woods before a tiny lane leads back to the woods and field for home. Great variety and a lovely atmosphere at the start and finish, well arranged for maximum spectator support. Date of review: August 4, 2013
In short: Add in muddy and it's all in the title In full: A fabulous clear sunny day made the most of spectacular views. Everyone was very friendly and apart from one slight bottleneck near the start on the racecourse it was easy to run. I was quite glad of the marshalling error as it avoided having to run down the very steep tarmac road twice - so thanks, Marshal - and we all found our way back to the right place. Also a special cheer for the Joker marshal who was a star all day. Racecourse made a great base and the beer and jaffa cakes made me smile.
Only suggestion for improvement: the advice that road shoes would be fine was misplaced and I felt sorry for a couple of people I saw slipping around helplessly on very greasy tracks. Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: Friendly but challenging trail run through lovely woodland In full: The amazing weather meant there were hardly any bluebells but no other complaints about this local and very friendly race. 10k course was two 5km laps, a mixture of tarmac (no traffic), trails and woodland paths, all very good running. Mostly uphill on the way out and downhill. Combining the race with a walk made for a lot of great on course support and only a few child/dog traffic jams. Date of review: May 26, 2011
In short: Should have brought some skis In full: Seriously challenging under foot - took a huge amount of concentration just to stay vertical - but great fun. Lovely countryside, sparkling with snow. Excellent marshals, not only encouraging but shouting out placing, which kept me from slacking. Interesting moment when I realised there was no way to run round those brown ice-filled puddles. I had no change and nor did the cake ladies so regretfully can't comment there but it all seemed very well run. Date of review: February 9, 2009