In short: Lots of hills and lots of fun In full: Great organisation,good value for money, liked the vibe a lot, really up and down hills that seems like when you've had enough another hill pops up to test you once more, good for character building. Loved the loud, enthusiastic marshals, I reckon they knew what running was all about. Well done to Watford Harriers for putting on a great event that promoted the true spirit of running. Will come again and I knew it was a bit hilly but that's the challenge that makes it more rewarding. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Fantastic day and great medal! In full: Always a must as one of the first races of the year! It's got something for everyone! Great marshals and a well supported event, especially as it's out in the countryside. You can even have a well deserved hot dog and pint in the club house after the run whilst comparing results. Well done nicework and well done Ashford & District. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: V muddy, great atmosphere , a lot of fun In full: Challenging as ever -am sure the mud was thicker than previous years - lovely friendly atmosphere. Excellent marshals - the chap by the puddles very amusing - , good t shirt and weather to order. A fine way to spend a Sun morning. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Gunky Glory In full: After the rain yesterday I think oh-oh the bootwash is going to be brimming over. However first there was miles of gunky claggy mud and ups and downs and I was much slower than before but the cameraderie the challange and sheer fun made my gunky glory truly hunky dory! Thanks to all the ETL team a fab Feb morning. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Expected hills, underestimated hills! In full: This is seriously challenging, never had so many long steep hills in a race before! I can't fault the organisation and plentiful positive marshals, inside the HQ was amongst the most efficient and friendliest atmosphere I've experienced from organisers and fellow runners alike. But I can't say I enjoyed it due to the toughness of the course, and would have liked another water stop. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Amazing Medal! In full: This is the 3rd time I've run this event and it's one I look forward to. The organisation this year was better than ever. The marshalls were very cheerful and supportive the whole way round. I didn't quite achieve a pb this year but will be back to try again next year! Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Great muddy off road race - every year In full: Briliant as always - lovely local race with perfect organisation, loads of marshals and a very muddy, hilly, challenging course. Fantastic atmosphere before and after makes this one of my favourites. The weather was great this year too, which was a bonus. Thanks Events to Live! Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Fun course - pity about the rest In full: I found this to be a hugely disappointing race - the course itself was great fun, and I enjoyed that aspect of it. But. The race got off to a bad start with 8 minutes of some clueless warm-up guy who seemed to have a limited number of 'moves' and was trying to get us to shout out something letter by letter as we did it, but couldn't spell for toffee. Having carefully warmed myself up before the race, it was really frustrating to have all of this undone by the warm up moron.
The race itself is over tracks and trails, and quite interesting. There are a few silly water splashes (as you'd expect for this sort of race) and a couple of obstacles like scramble nets and logs to scramble over. Unfortunately the marshals were just in the wrong places! They had people positioned on clear tracks next to obvious signs, but in places where you were following a rather unclear path through the woods, there was nobody. The most frustrating thing was that the whilst they had several marshals to make sure you plunged into a muddy puddle, they had nobody to make sure runners went through the rope web/tangle thing. The group ahead of me bypassed it, gaining a lot of time in the process.
Great race, it's just a shame about the organisation!! Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Some great trails and scenery, but awful organisation In full: I do not normally post reviews on here, but felt like I needed to here. First off, I will say that this is a great route in a fantastic part of Devon. The first half in particular is spectacular! (even with the wind and rain)
I do to have a couple of serious gripes with this event though:
1) THE COST. It is very high. Enough said.
2) THE AID STATIONS. I have never see such poor provisions at checkpoints. I pretty much carried what I needed, which is lucky as a slice of banana and a few jelly babies wouldn't have cut it. When you consider point 1, this is ridiculous. The aid station staff also happened to be the most uninspiring people I have met. They rarely spoke, just pointed at the "provisions" - no motivational speak and certainly no assistance in filling your bottles.
3) THE LOGISTICS. The parking logistics are a joke. The race is set in a remote area, granted. The fact you have to park 5 miles away from the start is a little bit frustrating. But, buses are provided. it worked well on the way to the event. BUT, the fact you have to wait, in the rain FOR AN HOUR after the run to get a bus back to the car s ridiculous. People could hardly talk, they were shivering so much. There were only two small buses provided which seems like a huge oversight when you consider the number of people taking part in the event. By the time I finally got on a bus, the queue was twice as long as when I had joined it, so I would like to know how those people got on.
Come on Endurancelife, if you are charging premium prices, people expect something in return. Another bus or two and some better aid station provisions would be a start. Then there is the T-shirt - Ok, I wont get into that now... Date of review: February 6, 2016
In short: Fantastic race! In full: This was one of my first races when I moved to London from the States. I absolutely LOVED the race. I ended up getting a PB of 20:19 in the 5k! Course was super flat and organized. The whole thing was really great, it was a pretty cold day. But there was still plenty of fun to go around :) food, t shirts, medals, everything made the whole day even better. Date of review: February 2, 2016