Just (well 12 hours ago) done this race for the first time.
It was small, friendly and well organised. I'm sure the scenery was very pretty but I was too busy looking at the ground about 5 feet in front of me! There was one nasty hill, which was a walker for all but those at the front, and some very tricky descents on fast, narrow, rocky, single file tracks (my ankles are just starting to stiffen up now, as I must have gone over on them four or five times each, and I was wearing fell shoes!). The course, of just under 6 miles, was clearly marked and well marshalled in the right places, and I found the finish, on a nice fast down-hill, came up just when you weren't expecting it, so you could give it that bit extra!
Thanks very much Forest of Dean Athletic Club. I'll be back next year.