In full: A poorly marked course - let me rephrase that: an unmarked course and the route had not been checked since the previous year to ensure the directions were consistent. You are expected to get around by reading from 4 sides of A4 written in a form of short-hand that means you have to stop and read every time you come to a fork in the path. As a consequence, most people who have not run it before take wrong turns and add considerably to their running distance and the constant stopping to read ruins any rhythm. It does not take much to tie some tape to a branch to indicate a route, but that seems beyond the organisers. Nothing more than a glorified club-run for its members who know the route but open to anyone who wants to join in.
On the positive, the event base and its facilities is great and there's a good barbie afterwards! Date of review: October 14, 2013
In full: A good XC & rural road run, with the majority as a very heavy going XC! You get to run round the walls of an ancient Roman city, through a ford and across some very muddy fields. The rain this year made avoiding mud and puddles unavoidable and a large amount of the course was slick ankle-deep mud :) Not a pb course by any means but a good scenic run in the country to blow away Christmas calories - and then put some back on with the lovely touch of mince pies and mulled wine for the finishers. The last mile was deceptively hard, the sight of the finish line taunting you as leaden feet struggle across the cloying mud of the final 2 fields. A good atmosphere there and a well organised event, but the conditions underfoot may well deter the average pavement-pounder looking for a first time XC run of a decent length. Date of review: December 30, 2012