I did this event today for the first time, 55 miles of bridleways, singletrack, footpaths, swamps, mudpits and backroads around a huge area of North Staffordshire today and I think this photo about sums it up:
Or maybe this one would be more accurate...
There were homemade cake stops en route and a good mix of CX bikes vs MTBs (fortunately the MTBs unofficially took it in the end just about!)
Anyway, I thought i'd give a shout out on here for a great local event, with a good route and mix of terrain, amazing signage (I think I heard them mention that they put out 300(!) arrows yesterday) and great organisation/support/cake stops. I think it's the type of event a lot of people on here would really like, it just needs a bit more publicity for next year.
Here is the route for anyone interested: http://www.strava.com/activities/90253942
And here is the club page to keep an eye out for next years ride: