In short: Friendly, cheerful, scenic and challenging - a lovely all round package In full: This was my first cross country run over this distance since school so I felt a bit daunted but was encouraged by my cousin to take part.
It felt very relaxed from the start, with friendly volunteers and enthusiastic participants.
We were lucky to have beautiful weather which ensured that the course remained dry and provided a beautiful backdrop.
Taking in shaded and wooded tracks, a couple of really challenging climbs and a second descent through a wooded path wide enough for only one person to fit through, it was nevertheless a real pleasure to tackle.
Pretty much the entirety of my running has been done on solid ground and on the flat so this was a real eye opener for me, an opportunity to challenge myself over a familiar distance but a completely unfamiliar terrain - so take my review with a pinch of salt if you're an experienced trail runner. That said, everyone was very friendly and encouraging, the course was well signposted and the environs were really stunning. Definitely recommended. Date of review: July 1, 2013