In short: Enjoyable step up In full: I ran what was billed as a 10km, my GPS (other other people too) registered this as 13.08km. A sizable error of margin! Never mind - the killer hill at the beginning and the grind along Chesil Beach were the most challenging aspects of this, though the descent was pretty hairy too - especially the one at about 4km. Enjoyed it, and thinking about making a special effort to do another one too. Date of review: January 24, 2010
In short: Mad muddy hailstorm fueled fun time In full: Simultaneously the best and worst event I have had the pleasure of participating in.
As people have said, several different types of mud - slippery uphill sheets, sticky bogs, stinky cesspits mixed with horse poo - some surprising uphill sand traps, tree roots galore, people slipping and sliding in front of you from all angles, and completely opaque spectacles by the time the horizontal hail started drumming into my face and thighs. I'm glad I hadn't shaved for a week as at least that offered some protection.
My first 10km and my first trail race. Though I think that was less trail, more obstacle course. With water cannons. Think Wipe Out. But, boy did I feel satisfied when I finished, below my target time (the one I aimed for before the race, not the generous one I revised to, once I had seen the conditions.
I can't really remember the course as I was focused on the 4-5 metres just in front of me, as obstacles appeared at short notice as people fell / rose / fell again / sidestepped / sashayed / backflipped all around me. That, and the hail. Of course, it was blue sky and sunshine 20 minutes after I finished.
Agree about the long boggy walk to the start - would have been good to know, and a bit of a let down for supporters, especially if they had buggie or small kids.
Would definitely do it again. But would wear tights. And a snorkel.
And yes - thanks Marshalls. Great effort in the conditions. Date of review: November 22, 2009