In short: Beautiful in the sunshine, no killer hills but still some boggy bits. Excelllent race In full: I gather this year's weather was much better than last year's! Today it was surprisingly warm and sunny, but my trainers can still prove that there was plenty of boggy bits. The route was beautiful, lots through the trees, some on paths, some round the edges of fields. For a trail race it didn't have any kiler hills (just a few 'inclines') so this would be a fantastic first trail race for a beginner.
The marshalls were all cheerful and encouraging, the organisation was smooth and slick and I can't recommend this race enough. I can't understand why it is so small, but maybe I'll keep it quiet as even the loo queue was short! Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Lovely race through country lanes, couple of sneaky hills, but next year I'm taking a canoe In full: I'm sure on a clear day the views from that first hill would be amazing, but sadly it was not to be. The weather was dreadful, which the organisers can't help, but some sort of covered changing area would have been nice. As it was I had to drive home in soaking gear wrapped in a towel. Oh and if you're going to have an event chip timed, then why not have a timing mat at the start as well? Us back-of-the-packers want accurate timings as well, you know.
The route went along mainly little country lanes, but there were a surprising number of cars going by. The marshalls were AMAZING - it was horrible running in that rain, but they were stood out in in and were all smiling, clapping and encouraging. Good work!
Oh but that hill at mile 12, on a footpath that was slippy with water & mud running down it? Not nice! Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: So friendly, great marshals, lovely route, great goody bag. DO IT!!! In full: This is such a great race, marshals are all friendly and attentive, course out into the countryside so pretty, great medal AND t-shirt, and such a great price! Do it - you won't regret it! Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: Atrocious conditions didn't diminish the friendliness of the marshals or the beauty of the course In full: It was such a shame it was pouring down with rain even before the start of this race, but that didn't stop it being a beautiful course and a very well run race. Only 71 runners but we all made it to the end!
Only thing I would have changed would have been to have a 'tuck shop' at the end. I was promising myself a Mars bar or a can of coke (or both!) all the way round, but sadly there was only a barbecue. As I'm a veggie that wasn't much consolation!
Many thanks to all the marshals who stood out in the rain - a great race that is firmly in my annual race calendar now. Date of review: July 4, 2013
In short: Just a few tweeks needed to make this race extra-special In full: This was mostly a great race, and the few points I'm listing are not meant as moans, but pointers so it can be improved upon for next year to make it even better!
- I overheard one of the runners asking a marshall on the course about first aid, and the marshall didn't know where the nearest first aid post was and didn't have a number to call for them
- at a few junctions there wasn't a marshall which was disconcerting when running on my own with no other runners in sight. However, it was very well signposted.
- It was a walk from the car park to the registration (including some steep steps!), and then another walk from registration to the start line.
- At the start of the course which was supposed to have closed roads, we had cars squeezing past us.
- The stretch in the final mile along a footpath (before the last bit of road before the return to the park for the finish) was narrow and crowded with families (with brollies!) and other finished runners all trying to squeeze the other way. I didn't have the legs for weaving at this point, but managed not to crash into anyone.
Huge thank you's to the marshalls & other volunteers for standing out in the rain for so long Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Fantastic little race. In full: I turned up worried that this was going to be a small, fast race and I'd be left at the back. Turns out there was a very broad range of abilities, and lovely atmosphere amongst the runners. Beautiful country lanes, sneaky uphill about 1 mile to go, but lovely flat run in to the finish. Date of review: July 3, 2012
In short: Hills, mud, hills, fog, did I mention the hills? But the T-shirt made it all worthwhile In full: Living locally, I had a fair idea of how tough this course was going to be. And yes, as expected, the hills were killers especially that last one. Beautiful course, just a shame the fog meant we couldn't appreciate the views from the tops of the hills.
Must say a huge thank you to the marshals. As one of the slower racers, they had already been stood outside for a long time in freezing conditions. However they universally smiling, chatty and encouraging. Thank you.
Great t-shirt at the end - I've worn it with great pride, as its the race t-shirt I think I've worked hardest for.
Thanks Chippenham Harriers! Date of review: February 2, 2012
In short: hot this year, but still beautiful scenery and even found some mud! In full: Hot day, but beautifully organised. Very friendly but that hill nearly killed me! Special thanks to the brave marshall who placed himself in one field between runners and bulls.
In short: Great atmosphere, great support, great marshalls, great race! In full: I think most of the other reviewers have already said it all! Great race, superb organisation, friendly and encouraging marshalls, scenic route. Loved it!
However there are just 2 things I would change which would make it absolutely perfect. The tannoy at the sports club and the start - I completely missed the pre-race briefing because I was in the loo queue at the time. Extra speakers by the loos would help. Similarly, at the start line I was at the back and couldn't hear any of the announcements. The first us back-of-the-packers knew about the minutes silence was when we heard the applause from the front to show it had ended!
My second, and completely selfish improvement would be if this could be run just a few weeks later in the year. It would really help my training which comes to a complete standstill over the school summer holidays!
So only very minor points - a highly recommended race! Date of review: September 16, 2011
In short: All a small race should be - plus delicious cakes! In full: This had all the advantages of a small race, with the organisation of a big race. Friendly marshals and runners, great village hall as race HQ, inside toilets, changing rooms, all great.
The race itself was along lanes and through beautiful woodlands. I even saw a clump of bluebells, despite the season being practically over.
The hills were more challenging than I was expecting, but the 3 water stations meant no chance of dehydrating even with the gasping!
Was lovely to see a great age range as well, with prizes for over 65 lady and over 70 Male. Oh and did I mention how good the cakes were??? Date of review: May 15, 2011