In short: Awesome In full: My first Marathon and what a race. Absolutely brilliant the organisation was perfect, water station every 3 miles, locals out on the streets giving great support and three killer hills. Throw in perfect weather and you have a day to remember. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Awesome In full: I completed the half (my first) whilst a friend completed the full (his first). Without doubt a superb race. Organisation was brilliant lots of marshalls who were excellent, tough terrain but the course layout was such that the more inexperienced runners could still compete. Goody bag was ridiculously good value, coaster, t-shirt, salomon socks, water bottle, gel bottle, and gels. Will be back next year to do the full. Can see it being a sellout as soon as entries open. Thank you to Matt the organiser, the Marshalls and all the competitors who made it such a special day. Diolch Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: Fantastic organisation on a glorious day In full: I don't normally run road races, It was also the biggest race that I've ever entered.
The organisation was excellent, I had been dreading the baggage drop but I barely paused when dropping and collecting my bag.
The course started in The Mall, along the Embankment into the City, past Bank and back along the Embankment to the Mall via Parliament Square. Great route for those people who never see much of London.
The crowds were brilliant, cheering everyone along and helped create a great atmosphere.
The "water misters" were pointless but there was plenty of water on the route (as well as toilets!)
As for value for money, you can't have an event that hosts 10,500 runners through cnetral London on a summers day AND runs like absolute clockwork for just a few pounds.
Would I do it again? Even though I dislike road runnng yes I would and have already signed up for next years race. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Lovely run across the North Downs. In full: A well organised race starting in Denbies wine estate with plenty of Marshalls and three water/gel stations.
Lots of encouragement from the marshalls who were very friendly as well as a few locals dotted around the course. The only gripe I have (and this is personal taste) is that there was a bit too much tarmac. It was otherwise a great day good value for money with a nice race T-shirt at the end too. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Great Fun In full: As with the Original Grim the Duathlon takes place on the Army vehicle testing ground in Aldershot. Good enjoyable course with the bike route having various challenges from pedalling in sand to wading through water.
Not particularly technical but you need to keep your wits about you.
Enjoyable well organised day, for those who care - a fantastic goody bag but disappointing T-shirt compared to The Grim one. As far as I'm concerned thouigh this race is very good value for money. Date of review: October 25, 2011
In short: Fantastic First Fell Race In full: As we approached Brecon the rain was incessant, not the best start to my first Fell Race. By the time we got to the start the mountain gods smiled on us and we were basking in sunshine.
The route was hard and if I'm honest harder than I expected even though I have previously done lots of hill walking.
I knew that I would lose time on the descent compared to experienced runners, I hadn't realised just how hard on the legs it would be or for that matter, my backside!! I did slip a few times but this just added to the fun.
The organisation was simple but very good and very welcoming. They take lots of photo's that they post for you to download should you wish and home made flapjacks at the end.
Before the race started I looked at the race times for the previous three years that they had posted at the registration tent, last year's slowest time just over 1.5hrs. Hmmm I thought, if I managed that I'd be happy. I actually did it it 1hr 5mins, came last but really didn't care, it was a fantastic day and I hope to progress to do this and Fan y Big next year.
In short: Brilliant fun In full: A very funny warm up followed by a surprisingly challenging course. I'm not the worlds greatest runner but there was definitely a lot of "up"! Cammo nets, bogs and lots of mud made for a great run. My Garmin made it slightly less than 10k - 9.25
The mud was great and sliding down a hill on your belly was great fun. Will definitely be doing this again.
Has a 5k route for the novice which looked equal fun.
In short: More Muddy than a mudbath from mudland In full: First time at the Grim (my second ever race)and loved every minute of it. Despite my arthritis playing up still managed to finish in 1:27 so I was very pleased with that.
Some people don't like the fact it is actually over 8 miles (about 8.75) but this isn't a race people should take seriously. Whilst the course itself isn't that challenging, there is way too much mud for that.
I thought it was well marshalled and everyone, participants, steards & spectators were all very encouraging. I shall be returning for the Dusathlon later this year