In short: Superb trail race In full: This is an excellent trail race that shows off some quiet yet beautiful Cotswold paths. Organisation is slick and friendly, and numbers are limited to avoid negatively impacting the surrounding. The village hall makes for a convenient and easy to access bag drop/changing/eating area. The route was muddy yet certainly all runnable, and at 17.8 miles, not quite as daunting as 'nearly 19' sounds! It works really well for a fun marathon training route and consolidates Cotswold Running's reputation as organisers of very high quality races. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Excellent trail race - but hard work! In full: The race is brutally hard - three massive hills and some technical, muddy and slippy terrain at times. But this doesn't detract from what was a beautiful and varied course. I actually enjoyed the 'undulations' - it removed some of the pressure of a road marathon and wanting to hit consistent splits. The marshalls were exceptionally friendly and the checkpoints had good food and drink options. It was, on the whole, well signed, although there were a couple of occasions of looking around for a sign. The white background tends to blend in on an overcast day - perhaps a pink background and white arrow would be more visible.
If you want to do a hassle free marathon in glorious surroundings then I couldn't recommend this enough. I feel proud to have finished what was a very hard race! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Stunning road race In full: An absolute classic. Beautiful views the entire way around Derwentwater. A fast first half looks toward the peaks at the south of the lake before a tough hill at mile 5-6 gives views back towards Catbells and Blencathra. Excellent organisation with a fun and well supported start in the middle of Keswick. Plenty of delightful cafes and shops to fill bellies and empty wallets in the hours following the race. A sociable midday start really helped with travel plans. Highly recommended. Date of review: November 2, 2014
In short: Super race In full: I really enjoyed the 'Chi half'. Great organisation and good atmosphere at the start/finish zone. Great to run through the town centre. Excellent mix of road, path, trail, grass and woodlands. Hard work getting up the Trundle, but you are rewarded with brilliant views from the top. It was nice to briefly pass slower/faster runners at the top.
Fast finish along the cycle path and great support. Really recommend this race for clubby types and beginners alike. Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Well organised event with a big race feel at the start and finish In full: Very efficiently organised. A well run car park area led to a good atmosphere around the start. Good to see people lining up according to anticipated finish times. Great music and good support for the majority of the race. The race goes alongside a main road for a short while - the quiet roads after this are much calmer and command superb views. This is potentially a quick course, but the heat on the day certainly slowed me. Well done to the organisers for putting on this welcoming event and raising so much for charity. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: Beautiful evening race In full: 6pm start on a sunny evening made for a cracking atmosphere. Speedy registration with friendly organisers. Steep uphills, long gradual downhills - this course is far quicker than the profile might suggest. 4 water stations were useful on a muggy evening. Absolutely stunning scenery and pretty Cotswold villages. Perfect location to stroll into Bourton for a pint and meal after. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 15, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery for the best value race of the summer In full: Firstly, the price. £8 - this included the fantastic race itself, a neck warmer and a free (and cheekily spicy) curry at the end. Amazing value and what mid week local races are all about. A pint of Wye Valley's finest aided recovery. The course itself is beautiful. You don't go right up onto the Malverns, but it is certainly hilly. There are stunning views towards Cheltenham. The terrain is varied and muddy in places - definitely a run for off road shoes. There was a fast top end and a large numbers of runners right through the field. The marshalls were super and made all abilities feel valued and supported. It was very welcoming to all and was truly a delight to race. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 12, 2014
In short: Racing as it should be In full: Excellent race. Cheap, efficient and fun. Easy and concise briefing. Stunning orchards to run around. Tough going at times with the inclines and terrain, but who cares when the weather and views are so incredible. Free cider at the end! Really fun - highly recommended. Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Outstanding trail race In full: Excellent race. First few miles flat and fast along the canal - plenty of swans and ducklings to keep things interesting. From there is was hilly (very steep at times) on excellent trails - definitely a race to wear trail shoes not racing road flats despite the fast first third. Stunning views when high up and well marked when in the countryside. A couple more markshals in the in the town centre would be reassuring for next year. Town Hall was a special race HQ! Super race - I'll definitely return. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Great race - well organised In full: Reviews from previous years hadn't been glowing - well this year certainly they got it right. Slick organisation, no queues, loud but good atmosphere at the beginning/end. Really peaceful on the course itself. Nice to have small bottles of water, although this does mean a bit of wastage for those only wanting a sip. Undulating but still PB potential. I would do it again! Date of review: May 6, 2014