A new improved Hard as Snails debuted last night. An exact 10K route (hats off to organisers there as a trail based hilly multi terrain run is tricky to get bang on 6.2 miles. aat have done it. Lovely views, well signed, nice medal, water, banana, snacks at the end and a massage. A perfect runner’s night out!
It was my first local trail race and I was happy to see they are well organised as the big national ones. Only couldn't find a bag drop but that wasn't a big issue. Trail was great with hills up and down and also a part with sand and mud. Basically you get everything what you would expect from a trail race.
Great route with good views, some hills and very well marked.
This is a fanastic off road race with a couple of serious hills making even the 5km course a real challenge. I loved the route, which was very well marshelled, and there was great support at the finish. My one word of advice would be to make sure you're near the front at the start line, which is different from the finish line - I didn't realise this and got stuck near the back so ended up having to weave through slower runners for the first km. Nonetheless it was a great race and I look forward to coming back next year.
Tough sandy terrain, over 300m elevation for the 10k so mentally and physically tough. But the scenery and sense of achievement make it all worth while. You may question why you are doing it as you run round but I bet you will be thinking about signing up for next year once you cross the finish line. And if you can't wait a year why not sign up for Harder Than Snails a month later ... you can even add an extra 5km on and do the 15km ... just for the fun of it!!!
I usually run road events (up to half marathon) but wanted to try off-road running. No idea if this was the best choice for a first event, but it certainly was a fun (did I say fun?!) event :-)
After hating the 5k last year and struggling with the 10k at 2.0 clearly the 10k with no training was a good idea!
I don't think there is an AAT event I havent loved! They are well organised, well priced (and therefore good value for money) and great routes!
Tough hilly course with some great views - thanks for a very enjoyable evening!
It was a lovely day with a really nice route it was tough with plenty uphills and downhills but fun and we have been trough a stunning forest
Great race,very friendly, hard going but easily manageable even for non-hill-lovers like me. Great brownies at the end! Thanks guys, a good fun event.
A great, well organised, beautiful trail race
I ran this back in 2011, but don't recall too much about it. I knew it would be hilly, but wasn't prepared for the first 2km to be all uphill. Yikes! I only ran the 5km, but approaching the finish I wished I'd chosen the 10km as it was great. Challenging and breathtaking. As always, AAT have done well. Good medals and yummy treats afterwards. Will run it again in 4 weeks.
Had some issues with lack of marshalling communication around a horse box driving along a narrow part of the course at the start which proved very dangerous but I am sure they will not let that happen again next year. A marshall should have stopped the horse box or at worse should have been able to communicate to delay the start. Otherwise a great little race with an awesome medal. Its unlikely the problem will occur again and its well organised and well attended with a great medal and after race snacks so worth doing but please sort that issue. otherwise race was safe but a hard trail run
Very good race, quite hilly and physical demanding for being only a 10k. Great landscapes at the top of the hills. I think that it's a little bit expensive for being a 10k, 15 pounds should be the max for 10k.
You've got to love AAT events. You know there will be multiple hills of varying nastiness, technical trails, beautiful scenery, great marshals and legendary brownies.
Really enjoyed this run!
Enjoyed this one, ran for the first time last year - again super organisation, small field so really friendly and informal.