In short: getting better every year! In full: i've run this event every year since 2007 when it was the Bewl 13.5! great to see it now measures the full 15 miles and the organisation has improved in leaps and bounds. the scenery is there for all to see, but the abundance of friendly and encouraging marshalls, water stations (great on a warm day) and magnificent cakes at the finish cap it all off. great amenities for before and after the race, ample car parking and pick up from the local train station and an excellent post-race bbq at a nearby pub make this a must-do for beginners and serious runners alike. keep up the nice work... Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: You'd have to go a long way to find better value for £9 - A true cross country run... In full: Great organisation and exceptional value, and the magnificent scenery is well deserved after climbing up those horrid hills! I was a bit dubious about all entrants having to collect their bibs from the rugby club but with ample parking and space on the seafront it seemed to go like clockwork. Congrats to the Lions for a great organisational effort, including the marshalls and water station helpers - the course is narrow for the most part and difficult for spectators to access but the water and support was really helpful so thank you to all involved. Looks like this race has now reached its potential - and very impressed with the medal. See you next year... Date of review: June 6, 2010
In short: A genuine cross country race - a roughly measured course, rough trails and super scenery with a sting in the tail! In full: This is a fantastic, relatively low key event in picturesque surrounds that combines forest trails and fields and a challenging hill at the end. The course measured roughly 10.2kms which is the way cross country races should be! Well organised (with the London Marathon also showing on a big screen TV in the marshalling tent) - a great race for experienced runners and beginners alike. For those of us not reaching the dizzying heights of the Marathon, I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning! I'll be back next year... Date of review: April 27, 2010
In short: well organised, challenging and wonderfully scenic race - definitely in my calendar for 2011 already! In full: This race was recommended to me and didn't disappoint. There's ample parking in a grass field about 200 metres from the start, and thankfully the weather was amazing because that could get messy in the wet!
The start was well sign posted and had a good warm up area with toilets (possibly could do with some more port-a-loos next year but the marshalls made sure nobody missed the gun!!)
The course itself is very picturesque and it was easy to get lost in the views over the first 5kms. Any lapse in concentration though was erased over the the next 2kms with two challenging hills, the first of these off-road. The last 3kms is a gently undulating stretch that is ideal for a fast finish if you have any gas left in the tank after the hills.
There was good support along the way, with marshalls (and the police I believe) ensuring the course was basically traffic free. The course was well marked and the kilometre markers were very precise.
And to top it all off, a very well designed and presented finishers medal at the end. A great end to a great race!
Well done to all involved. Definitely back next year... Date of review: April 18, 2010