In short: A cocktail of a race - a mixture of everything & Great Medal In full: I did this race for the 1st in 2012 and enjoyed it so much I knew I 100% that I would do this race again.
I would like to praise the marshals and volunteers, the whole event was very well organised. Parking was a breeze with their one way system they had put in place around the lanes of Harvel.
There were plenty of facilities in the village hall and on the village green, including beer tent, ice cream, bbq and not forgetting the interestingly decorated porta-loos and creative men's urinals.
The route is on a mixture of partly roads and partly off-road through Trosley Country Park, which was quite muddy in some places and included one steep incline around 4 miles.
There were two water stations on the course, the option of beer was also available
At the finish we were given a very nice medal that also doubles as a bottle opener, Nice!!! A lot of runners stayed behind afterwards to make full use of the facilities and making the most of the sunshine.
Overall, this is great race for all abilities with a great atmosphere and topped off with an impressive medal, all for a reasonably low entry fee.
In short: Very well organised, Great Scenery, but not to be taken lightly In full: This is an unusual race which you cannot compare to any other race in distance and the nature of the course and the elevation, which maxes out about 580ft.
I'm luckily enough to live local to this race and have trained on most of the course before the day, however I still found it very challenging.
The whole race was very well organised and there were some many nice touches, such as free tea and cakes to all runners at the finish. I was also very pleased with my T-shirt, medal and goody bag which included a very nice Towel.
My hat goes off to the organizers, it must take a lot of effort to organize a race of this magnitude. There were so many obstacles, styles and a few crossings which were all marshaled incredibly well.
Also having followed the race's facebook page I was kept updated daily leading up to the race about the course conditions, which was very helpful.
If you are up for a challenge this race is for you, but I recommend that you include some hill training beforehand. Date of review: June 24, 2013