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Yes - I've done this quite a few times. Most of it is off road, There are bits that are very slippy and other bits where your running in 6 inches of sticky mud.
Bring a 4 wheel drive with as winch and you'll be OK
It is muddy and some of the hills are so steep that you have to walk up. In fact the first major hill is almost a hands and knees job, I find I have to hold onto the trees to avoid going AOT. On one of the descents I crashed into the brambles and nettles. It's a good idea to wear tights!! And on the final descent you have to hold onto the Christmas trees.
Huge fun though
Race is the same day as the Telford 10k. I like MF though so I'll probably end up there
You paint a vivid picture Edski, thanks. At least I now know what I've let myself in for!
Oh meant to say - wear a pair of gloves, tights and a long sleevie. Off-roaders essential else you'll slide all over. Hat optional...
I did it for the first time last year - the most memorable things were the amazing scenery vfrom the top of every hill, and there are at least 6 distinct ones, the fact that most of the runners arrived in Subarus and wore Walsh or similar fell shoes, and the lukewarm showers with blocked drains at the end.
Ggreat race though and I'm going for it again this year!
I've done it loads of times, these are two memories -
1 The first time I did it I thought I was being chased by a bull! There was no one near me when I crossed the field before the carpark. There were some cows in it. I sensed something coming up behind me. I was about to panic when heard voice saying this is tough! I've never been so relieved to be overtaken!
2 One year it was so misty at one point you could only see about 10 yards in front!
What amazes me is the mountain bike race which takes place on exactly the same course 1/2 an hour earlier. I wouldn't even like to try and push a bike up some of the slopes.
Some tales to whet the appetite here, thanks all. On the downside it looks like I have some pre-race purchasing to do, on the plus side I have something very different to look forward to having only done road events before now.
See you there!
waheey sounds good to me see you there
I ran the route a couple of weeks ago and can confirm that it is already a bit slippy in a couple of places.
Some people run this in road shoes each year - they are the ones covered in mud by the finish! (actually, they're usually covered in mud within a mile of the start)
Edski - the only time I raced this I ran straight into one of those christmas trees - it didn't even attempt to get out of my way. I won't be racing this year because I will be out on the course marshalling.
I have run this fabulous race many times, and there will be a large contingent from Dudley-Kingswinford there again this year.
If you haven't got proper shoes, don't run it. The part of the course just after the feed station after you reach the summit is treacherous on the way down, and impossible without proper shoes.
Nicky - for the Mortimer I'd definitely recommend fell shoes, unless it has been exceptionally dry (which it won't be). Trail shoes or wellies are fine for the Wyre Forest.
Nibbs - you'll love it!
Nicky, you will deffo need something with an aggressive sole - lots of grip needed. It's a bit of a mudbath. And if you wear your road shoes, getting up the hills will be interesting. I'll stand there and laugh at you
I went round in fell shoes last year, and was glad of the extra grip!
This was one of my favourite races last year, can't wait to do it again. Plenty of hills and mud, but still very very runnable. Great!!!
Johnny again - it looks like you've been training on the course!
Is the route open to the public? I ask this question as I had a wierd experiencea few years ago. On a Saturday in the middle of June my partner and myself decided to ramble the course. After the pipe road we were following the path up the hill when we were approached by someone with a gun! He told us we were tresspassing on Lord someones land. It was all closed because there was some sort hunting event.
Although the bit we were on was not marked as a public right of way there were no private property signs. Anyway I wasn't going to argue with anyone with a gun!
Don't blame you Simon!!!
It's now looking unlikely I'll be running this due to lingering chest infection. Have fun all - and put some race reports on here.