In short: Mud mud mud mud mud In full: Positive - Great fun, good teamwork with other competitors, and if you like getting muddy you'll like it a lot. Plenty of obstacles - hot coals with fire, crawling through mud (x about 5), tunnels, monkey bars, lots of water obstacles, watery slide, etc. You won't get bored. Tshirt and buff at the end. Well organised with plenty of marshalls and admin staff. It is tough. Im usually a 46min 10k runner and with my team of four we did it in 1hr48.
Negative - cost. I paid just under £50. Others signed up last week for more like £90. I can understand why it would be more expensive than a normal road race or fell/trail race (obstacles and insurance) but its £50! There are quality fell races out there which cost from £1! Perhaps a tshirt AND a buff is unnecessary... Slight feeling in my gut that someone's taking the mickey and getting away with it, which brings me to... Car parks. You pay through the nose for an event and then get told its a fiver to park in a field. A fiver. I won't say anymore.
Overall it's very positive, and if you can afford it then do it at least once. Date of review: August 4, 2012
In short: well organised race with great local support In full: I have been trying to break 2 hours for my past 3 halfs without success. Having read previous years reviews about the hilly first 6 miles I was not expecting to get a pb. In reality I did not find it too bad as there was just quite a few steady inclines for the first half and then the downhill part just when you need it. So finally managed to break that 2hour barrier.
Thought the marshals and locals were fantastic - very vocal!
In short: Very enjoyable race in beautiful location In full: I loved everything about this race from the procession through the village, the bagpiper, the community feel, the stunning route and the cake at the end. There was a good mix of all running abilities and lots of spectators on route (who were most likely just out for a walk) lending their support. The National Trust did a fab job of organising the event especially considering they had never organised it before, they could teach some professional race organisers a thing or two. Hope they carry on orgainsing the Gallop for years to come. Date of review: June 13, 2011
In short: Tough muddy race in stunning location In full: I can only comment on my own experience which was a positive one. Race had a real mix of terrain with some real sticky mud in places. The first 5k felt like a constant incline, the next 9k was fairly undulating with a steady downhill for last 4k (apart from a very cruel steep bit with 1k to go. The clear skies gave great views of the lake district & the kent estuary. I wasn't aware of runners going off course until I got home and read this website. Its a shame as the Lakeland Trails are normally so well organised. Date of review: April 17, 2011
In short: Nice quick course In full: Can't think of anything to find fault with... I turned up 15 mins before the start, registered five minutes before the start - expected some stern looks from organisers but nothing of the sort! Nice quick course around Lancaster with very little up or down, other than some steps around half way. Will be back next year. Date of review: April 3, 2011
In short: A friendly, challenging and scenic half In full: The route had lots of undulations but I did find it manageable mainly due the stunning views along Haweswater providing a welcome distraction. It was well organised with a very friendly atmosphere. Liked my mug. Thanks Eden Runners Date of review: March 10, 2011
In short: Mud glorious mud! In full: I was apprehensive about doing this race being more used to mass participation races where there is little danger of me coming last. So pleased i did it though as it was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding race. Not being a club runner i did not feel out of place as there was a very friendly atmosphere and the marshals in particular were very encouraging. The course was undulating but nothing too steep, I did however struggle with the muddy field (twice). It felt like the ground was trying to pull my running shoes off my feet. I have never been stiff after a 10k race until now - 2 days later i am still walking like John Wayne. After being used to paying £25 for the Lakeland Trails Races I found this race an absolute bargain at £7. If your looking for a no frills, no nonsense, challenging trail race then this one is for you. Date of review: February 21, 2011
In short: A superbly organised race In full: Absolutely loved this race. Yes the start was very congested but other than that it was seamless. The course was slightly easier than I anticipated as was expecting some tough hills at the 10/11 mile mark but they weren't too bad. There was a lovely atmosphere thanks to the marshals, supporters & fellow runners. I was so impressed with the timing chip in the race number, I was not convinced it would work but got a text with my race time within 45 minutes of finishing the race. Very happy with the commemorative buff, makes a nice change from T-shirts (which I never wear). Thanks Helsby. Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Very rewarding race after a tough first 4K In full: Really struggled in the first 4k to get into any sort of rhythm. The steep ascents reduced most of us challengers to a walk. But then the remaining 11k made it all worth while, brilliant downhill sections, mud, water all within the stunning rugged surroundings of Coniston. I had never done a trail race before Hawkshead in May and have been hooked ever since. As usual excellent organisation and brilliant support from the marshals around the course. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Awonderful trail race with a bit of everything In full: The challenge had everything - tough ascents, super fast downhill, bogs, sun, breathtaking scenery and even a marriage proposal at the finish line for one competitor.
The organisation was as usual spot on. I had read the race info beforehand so knew there was no event parking or water stations so was able to plan accordingly.
There was an excellent atmosphere at Fitz Park with the various entertainment. The falafels at catering tent deserve a special mention. Delicious!
The only minor frustration I had was how slow I went through the bog as I was stuck behind some people who did not want to get their feet mucky. It is a bog your feet WILL get wet.
Bring on Coniston Date of review: September 6, 2010