In short: Enjoyable trail 10k, even in the rain In full: My third attempt at this race, which is getting cooler and wetter each year. The course is undulating and surprisingly quick for a trail. Luckily I like mud on a trail run so thoroughly enjoyed myself and the torrential downpour was actually better than the 28 degree madness of 2012.
The field seemed smaller this year, perhaps the combination of the HM option, the weather, and the event taking place on a bank holiday weekend for the first time. Organisation was good as usual and the marshals deserve special praise for their happiness despite getting soaked. On the negative side, the text message timing didn't appear, there was no sign of the RatRace clothing tent and it is simply unjustifiably expensive for a 10k. But I'll still be back next year as this even got me into trail running and Forest of Dean makes a fab weekend break. Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: A well-organised trail 10k through very pleasant surroundings. In full: Nice to return to the race that got me hooked last year, even nicer to run it in sensible weather. I'd forgotten about the length of the hill in the middle and will no doubt forget again in time for next year.
Genuinely welcoming event, with plenty of encouraging marshals. Perfect for newcomers but also a route that's quick enough to have a bit of a blast, and plenty to do round about - there's a climbing wall to keep the kids occupied, and the Forestry Commission have loads of stuff nearby to make a day of it.
Certainly not the cheapest 10k in the calendar and, with a field of 800 or so, it feels more regimented than many - but the wave starts work well and there's very little congestion. See you next year... Date of review: May 28, 2013