In short: Excellent fun in the rain In full: A very friendly fun race. It felt more like fun run than a proper 'race'. You were even allowed to bring your dog along which was a first! My dogs loved it, although they were very very dirty and loved the attention they got. The only thing which was a bit annoying was there were no 'race loos' although I know we weren't far from the visitors centre Date of review: March 16, 2013
In short: Once again, brilliant fun! In full: As a local this is a forest I know well. Enjoyed the course and, as one of the slower ones really appreciated the encouragement. The starting in waves is a good idea although by the time the waves for the slower people have started the whole day has gone. The organisation was excellent and the start is made to be fun. This is the third Rat Race event I have done ( including the much missed this year Green Belter) . Yes it is a race but it is made to be fun for those who may not be the fast. The technical tee is very useful, very chunky medal and well stocked goody bag. The only thing is that I see from the trusts That 40% of the finishers were women.... Not sure I can really use the shaving cream! You do women's tee shirts ( although they are very short I had to have a man's) why not a women's goody bag? Or better still a unisex one!!
In short: What about us back- markers??! In full: This is the second time I've done this race, the first time was 2010 in the pouring rain and this time the weather was glorious. Although I'm am very very slow, a real back- marker I really enjoyed it. I am reasonably local and train on hills, so whilst That Hill is a bit of a killer it is actually quite enjoyable.
The organisation is, I think, excellent. Other reviewers have mentioned the queue for the loos but there were marshalls moving the queue on and although it was about 30m long when I joined it it moved v quickly.
Comments have been made about the medals.. I think they're great. Not pretty but certainly big and clunky and worth having!
Plus points for those of us at the back - everyone knows you are the saddos at the back so you get lots and lots of cheers and lots of encouragement . One lady even gave me a cuddle! - I bet the Speedy Gonzaleses at the front don't get commentated by name over the finish line, well except for the real winners
Minus points: - the goodie bags have been mentioned loads of times. I did have to hunt out some water and a banana myself but frankly I was quite happy to do without the other rubbish you get in these things - I understand that the earlier finishers had their medals handed to them by Dame Kelly. I know that she had to get to the prize giving but those of us at the back worked just as hard as those at the front, in fact we probably found it harder so it would have been nice to know that we were recognised too!
Overall a great event and I'll be back next year.... I Date of review: March 6, 2012