In short: My first attempt at an ultra - lovely, scenic course but actually quite tough and the hills take their toll as the laps go on! In full: What can I say - beautiful scenery but a tough course and much more hilly than I was expecting! The pre race info warns about the one major climb on each lap but it didn't mention the long, slow drag of a climb a couple of miles further down the road! A cold, strong headwind made it feel even tougher. That said, the scenery makes the experience more pleasant but by the third lap (or fourth lap for the ultra runners) you know what's coming and it really does get tough going - both physically and mentally (the latter due to the fact that, after the first lap and a bit, the small field are so spread out that it becomes more of a solo training run). The course was well sign-posted, and feeding stations were evenly spaced on each lap, but most of the course is run in isolation with just a few marshalls and cheering spectators dotted here and there. The marshalls were all fantastic though, and they really encouraged and lifted you every time you passed them. All in all, I would say this is a great event but run over a deceptively tough course which got the better of me this time round as I had to drop out after 3 laps - I will certainly be back to try again next year! PS: Many thanks to the young girl who I ran the first lap and a bit with (you were nibbling on your pork pie when I left you)! Hope you got round okay:) Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Brutally hard! The uphills are tough, the downhills even tougher!! In full: This was my first time running at Milland and it is a tough one indeed - lots and lots of punishing hills! However the fantastic scenery, and the fun and friendly atmosphere, more than make up for the pain! Be warned though - the downhills are very steep, and a little dangerous in places. This is proper trail running and the hills, and tricky conditions underfoot, make the event what it is - a very tough but extremely satisfying challenge for any standard of runner.
PS: Many thanks to the two medical students (and the fantastic marshalls) who assisted my mum after she took a nasty tumble down one of the aforementioned steep descents. Date of review: August 8, 2011
In short: A fantastic event! My first time running this and I will definitely be back next year - loved it!! In full: Hilly, lumpy, painful - what better way is there to spend a Sunday morning! The event was very well organised, the marshalls and supporters were fantastic, the scenery stunning, the post race goodies and medal made the hard slog well worth it, and the whole experience was very friendly and enjoyable (and I don't even like hills)!! First timers were made very welcome - I would recommend this race to anyone:) Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Tough hills in the first 4 to 5 miles and a hard slog at 9.5!! In full: A good, well organised run. Tough course, but very scenic! Marshals and supporters were great as usual - very friendly and helpful. Would have preferred a medal at the finish (rather than a rucksack) but overall a good Sunday workout!! Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: A reasonably challenging course with a few decent hills to test the legs! Well marshaled and friendly!! In full: If you have no knowledge of the local area then the race was pretty difficult to find (some race signs from the main road would have been helpful)! However, once we arrived the race itself was very good, tough in places but with a nice friendly atmosphere! Plenty of support from locals and marshalls. All in all a well organised 10k. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Rough underfoot with one nasty hill towards the end - but good fun! In full: A very nice (but tough), well organised local race in very scenic surroundings. Good atmosphere, lots of support from marshals and locals, and very good value for £14 - you get a medal, goody bag, and a bright orange technical running t-shirt!! Will be back in 2010. Date of review: September 22, 2009