In short: woggle-tastic ...again! In full: Third year of this race and it was better than ever. The new 10k course was tough but beautiful and the organisation fantastic. Marshalls around every bend it seemed, and all with smiles and encouragement. But no aspect of the event surpasses the bacon sandwiches and the cakes. Now thats what a good run is ALL about. I think they need to sort out the rather cramped first 1k - with either staggered 10k/5k start or chip timing (I don't mind paying an extra couple of quid) but thats a minor quibble. A great day and wonderful atmosphere. Well done guys. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: and God was in his heaven.... In full: A beautiful run, wonderfully organised and hosted. One more water stop may have been useful, but it was quite exceptionally hot. The start/finish village with its food, drinks and freebies was a great atmosphere. I enjoyed it all so much I even did the dancy warm-up mularkey at the start - which is not really my scene (expert dad-dancer) The hot weather made the run very tough, but it also made the before and after very relaxed and on balance I'll take that any day. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Tough run, Superb day In full: Its sounds all sweet and nice being a "Woggle" but there are some vicious climbs in a testing but stunning trail run. About 70% is off road. There was a wonderful, warm atmosphere with great marshalls, super little Cubs on the water station and brilliant post run cakes and bacon sandwiches. The slight course alteration this year separated the 10k from the walkers through the narrow woodland section at 7-8k and that was a benefit for all. Well done to all involved - a lovely day. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Tickety Boo! In full: After 2 years doing Reading Half I thought I'd try closer to home, and smaller. What a reward! Of course the beautiful weather played a huge part but it was a great day. Its flat enough for PB but most of the last mile is uphill.
Marshalls and crowds brilliant with jelly babies and oranges aplenty. The 6-12 mile stretch out in the countryside is beautiful and flew by. The crowd at the Barley Mow (10 miles) were bonkers and inspirational:)
Definetly on my 2013 list already even if I was 4 mins down on my PB!
In short: BEAUTIFUL BUT SNEAKY In full: A fantastic warm sunny day and a quite stunning location. Running and Duathlon all in same place at same time worked fine, but partly because there were only 100 or so competitors in total. Very tough terrain with one total swine of a muddy hill at 80% of both laps. Main issue was that distance isn't 12k! Several runners afterwards had Garmin measured it at 8.7m which is just over 14k! Lovely day. Date of review: March 22, 2012
In short: running in chocolate cake In full: I thought the orgsnisation was outstanding and with a half dozen more toilets would have been perfect. The two courses (10k and 10m) mingling and separating several times was handled very well. Extremely muddy (not Grim obstacle race muddy of course) and very challenging (with a tummy full of mince pies!) Looking forward to 2012 (p.s. like the early start time as well) Date of review: January 5, 2012
In short: great for a 20 mile virgin In full: My first ever 20 miler as I prepare for my first marathon. I enjoyed it more than I could have hoped. A very pretty but basically gentle course, nice runners and excellent marshals. I would strongly recommend this for people who are training for a spring marathon. Date of review: March 9, 2011
In short: Good way to get New year weight off! In full: Small and well-formed. Its pretty flat and has some running on marshalled roads. Last half is virtually all along canal towpath which is too narrow for more than two abreast. Nice start/finish area. Good PB potential if you keep ahead of the crowds in the first 2km Date of review: September 7, 2010