In short: 2nd year in a row... will be back next year too! In full: A South East classic! Great course - scenic enough to make it not feel roady, but, not muddy enough be truly off road; hilly enough to be challenging, but, not steep enough to be slow. Its basically a tough course but one that you can clock up a decent time on - especially with the two mile sprint descent to the finish line! ETL events are always brilliantly run. Love it!
In short: Great local event! Excellent course, good organisation, great value. In full: This is a great local event. Set in the beautiful Kent countryside on a muddy and rolling course through the woods on a crisp winter's morning in November. The atmosphere was superb, with the start finish area right next to the car park in a small enclosure in the trees. The course is generally all wooded trails with some serious mud and a few hard packed trails. Its quite undulating with one or two short steep sections with rope assists for good measure. Pace was pretty quick throughout - although its not really a fast course. Nice T shirt thrown in too! All in all a great day out and one i'll definiately do again!
In short: Second time round...and will definitely be back next year! In full: Great race! Much harder than you think it might be. Constantly undulating - so no time to settle into a rhythm - but it's still quite a pacy course. The appropriately named 'deeply steep' towards the end has made me want to heave two years in a row! Definitely part of the annual fixture list. Date of review: September 20, 2013
In short: Second attempt at this magnificent beast of a course! In full: You cant get a better indicator of a good event than repeat business! This was my second year and I'll definitely be signing up for 2014 as soon as I can. Stunning scenery and a challenging course that is quite unlike any other. Gradual climb for the first 30k over mixed bridal ways and trails, before a very steep and rocky descent on to Blawith Fell, past Beacon Tarn, and along the lake shore. The last 12k is the hardest part of the course - not the hilliest - but certainly the most technical and definitely the part where your knees and feet will start to hurt! I cant wait to have another go! Date of review: July 9, 2013
In short: OUTSTANDING EVENT In full: This really is an outstanding event. In my opinion, the thing that really sets it apart is the atmosphere. From the minute you sign up to this you feel part of something special. The facebook page is busy and fun; the organisation was first rate; and the marshals were the best BY FAR that I've ever seen. So friendly and encouraging! You even get encouraging spectators which is unusual for a trail race. The course itself is challenging but not overly so. For me the hardest part was the final 6k or so which included a few climbs that I probably should have kept a bit more in the tank for. The headwind down the final straight was also rather tough! All in all a genuinely special event that everyone should have a crack at. Amazing!
In short: Great course, well attended, good atmosphere! In full: Great atmosphere, a 500 strong field, and a really scenic course make this a great event. The biggest climbs are all in the first third of the course which helps with pacing. The long downhill into Alfriston (about half way) and the subsequent flat section along the river both allow you to pick your pace up. PB for me so I'll definitely be making this one a regular from now on!! Thanks NPS Lions! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Really nice trail run... harder than you might think too! In full: Lovely atmosphere at this event, which is put on by a team who very obviously care a lot - and know a lot - about running. The route involves two laps around Bewl Water; mainly undulating trails around the lake shore, with a few country lanes thrown in too. It's relatively flat by trail standards, but there are a few bigger climbs towards the end of each circuit, although these are all on the road sections. Still, they're long enough to hurt on lap 2! The scenery is lovely enough to make the second lap every bit as aesthetically pleasing as the first! The organisation was first class. Pre-race comms were timely and informative; registration ran like clockwork; feed-stations were well stocked and ably managed by friendly and encouraging marshals; chip timing was integrated into race numbers and spot on; and the medal and t shirt were both the best that I have received from any event, ever. So, all in all, this is an event that is definitely going on my annual fixture list. A pleasure to take part in. Thanks Hermes Running!
In short: They're not exaggerating about the mud..! Not too difficult a course though. In full: Lovely trail run! Undulating, but nothing too steep; some nice variety in the trails with a great section through the bracken. Mud everywhere though... and seemed to get worse towards the end! Atmosphere, organisation and marshalling were first class: these people really know how to put trail running events together! Looking forward to doing a few more Lakeland Trails this year. Date of review: March 24, 2013
In short: AWESOME! In a class of its own... can't recommend it highly enough! In full: This is an absolutely brilliant course! Some great climbs; the most mud i've ever seen; puddles that were knee deep in ice cold water; rushing flood waters; technical rocky / rooty sections; and glorious scenery throughout. On top of that its in February so you're also battling the weather from start to finish - and yesterday's weather was pretty extreme! And to finish it off the atmosphere, organisation and marshalling were superb! Cant recommend this one highly enough! Date of review: February 11, 2013