This was my first ever race so perhaps im not the best person to review it.
Llandegla is known for its mountain bike tracks, however Up Hill Down Dale have made use of the facility really well.
It was a scorching day and the forest provides a sun trap. There is a car park and possible surrounding areas for a picnic which is what myself the wife and kids did before the race, i ate a banana they had a picnic!
Otherwise there is a cafe and shop, however logistically there is no real space for an athletes village or any pop up stands. Having said that they did offer a massage facility.
The 10k trail race briefing warned us that this would feel like a half marathon and that it wasnt easy. They were right, the course was very undulating with some long hills and also some really sharp ones. The route required the ducking and diving through the forest whilst at the same time keeping an eye out for pits, falls and tree roots. I was surprised how much of the course was on gravel roads and paths rather than mud and grass routes but then again i wasnt sure what to expect and the weather had been dry for some time.
There was one basic water station, i think at the half way mark, this was very welcome following a really long hard stone track in the baking sun up hill for roughly a mile. The course is marked sufficiently, however the facility remains open to walkers and cyclists therefore beware of collisions.
The race finishes back at the cafe/shop area and includes a few sharp up hills in the last 2 miles which are brutal. Its a small event with 400-500 entrants overall, which makes it very friendly.
There is a tech shirt and medal for all finishers as well as unlimited ice lollies, water and fruit at the end which is very welcome. There is a crafted shield for podium finisher also.
I would recommend this race to anyone and everyone, it was a great first race for myself and i do love trail running. This is also part of a 3 part series including Bala and Brynkillt which i intend to complete at some point.