In short: What a way to spend a Sunday morning In full: Firstly, thanks to all those who organised this event, it would have been a long day for many of you to be out there. Nice informal ‘start when you want to’ meant that whilst most runners set off at 7am, I could queue for the toilet! Conditions were perfect for a long run, not too hot and not too cold with well spaced water stations and sporadic encouragement. I like the idea that it was broken into stages; for me that made the distance manageable. Had a rather amusing encounter with some angry/inquisitive cows which caused a small detour through a barbed wire fence, but to be honest that just added to an unforgettable experience. Serves me right for wearing a red t shirt I suppose. Great fun day out and will be back next year.
In short: Bargain of the year In full: Nice friendly evening race and a curry for £8. Someone please tell me how that works? Absolutely faultless apart from the weather, but then I don't think Race Directors get to influence that do they! Have spread the word already and will be back next year. Date of review: June 14, 2013
In short: Different class In full: People who I had spoken to before said that it was worth doing for the crowds alone and they were right. If you ever need to restore your faith in the goodness of human nature either enter this event or go and see it.
I have never been more glad to see a finish line, but also more reluctant to finish. Like many I said never again on the day, but now the aches and pains have gone.............. Date of review: April 27, 2012
In short: Still as hard as nails, but that's what makes it special In full: Could not have wished for better weather this year. A well organised event, excellent post race food/drink and a nice course to run. Lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Well done all round. Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Like clockwork In full: That this is the first race is truly amazing. Very well run event, with everything that one could possibly need (including the weather!!) It was very nice to get some support around the course (albeit sporadic but that is what you get with a rural setting). However, things sure livened up at the finish with a nice cheering crowd and an excellent PA trying to make us give that little bit more effort. In terms of the course, it was not as flat as expected and the hill at 11.5 miles was unkind (but then again the Scorpion run does give it away slightly).
Overall I would certainly recommend this to anyone, the only problems being that if entry is again limited next year to 300 you will have to be very quick to get in.
In short: Ideal for an introduction or a stepping stone to tri In full: This really was so much fun. For a beginner like me, it was perfect I was not confident about the bike bit (yes that was me circling as far over to the left as I could!) or the transitions. However, you could not wish for a better intro. Being traffic free, you only had to worry about the faster bikes coming through which was a huge bonus. I would most certainly do this event again and would strongly recommend it.
In short: Not at that price In full: I must say that this event did not live up to my expectations. The route itself was fine, yes there was traffic but to be honest, when isn't there? Weather was a little too warm (can't blame anyone for that)and I did not see the Hi 5 available which would probably have helped the last few miles. Water stations, toilets etc all on par with other races that I have run. The real bug bear was the value for money aspect. The goody bag was very poor considering the cost involved. Thanks though to all the marshalls (especially those dealing with the traffic on the main road). Date of review: September 7, 2011
In short: Running seems to spoil the view In full: Firstly, thanks to all the supporters,organisers and marshalls for everything. One of the best events I have ever run in. As for the course, the roads are relatively quiet and the tarmac nice and smooth, which helps compensate for the final hill! Undulating is an accurate description but I personally found the downhills worse as they seemed to sap the strength from you. Lovely evening with a nice village fete and deer roast for those waiting for the runners. Highly recommended Date of review: August 9, 2011
In short: Definitely undulating In full: Many thanks to all the organisers, marshalls etc, it all seemed to run very nicely. I like the slightly eccentric goody bag and the memento was the best one I've seen. The course itself is challenging with plenty of ups and downs, but that makes it a bit more interesting. Plenty of water stations on a hot morning. Highly recommended if you are tiring of fast and flat courses. Date of review: July 27, 2011
In short: An excellent pre marathon test In full: Thanks to all the supporters and organisers, this was a cracking way to spend a Sunday. Entered this one rather than another local event as it was only half the cost. Am I the only one finding that entering some of these events is becoming a little prohibitive? The course was challenging for those of us not used to hills which was what was required. Will certainly do this next year. Date of review: June 28, 2011