In short: Climbing up hills and sliding down 'streams' - tough but great! In full: This is a very special race with a great atmosphere throughout. Quite the contrary to 'commercial' mass events of some city road races. Highly recommended for its off-road trails and beautiful scenery. The hills are extremely tough, from that point of view it's not really 'beginner-friendly'. This year's flooding made the route particularly muddy, at some part almost boggy. Even harder than last year! Marshals very friendly and encouraging, and the jester on the hill-top is epic. Date of review: November 27, 2012
In short: Tough - but totally awesome! In full: This was my first off-road race and I absolutely loved it!
The scenery was amazing and well worth all the ascents. The course is off-road, so there are no spectators - except for occasional passersby. But the truly enthusiastic marshals totally made up for it and cheered you on!
I didn't mind at all the little extra half mile (I actually didn't realise this until people mentioned it); it was just a pleasure to run that part - as were all the others!
I hope the event will take place again next year! Date of review: November 28, 2011