In short: Exceeded expectation a fantastic race from Briefing to Finish on Village Green In full: Is it a race when you just have to stop to look in splendour at 360 degree views, then the fun signs, great refreshment stations, fantastic love station, great changes of running environment all the way round, oh yes it is as everyone stops to look. Hills!! one or two, it would not be a trail marathon without them, the final leg just rounds off a fantastic event on the Village green, down hill and a crowd to meet you. Top Job WSR Running Rural Oh Yes Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: Not across the bay, but still a great race! In full: A real shame that the Cross Bay Challenge was not across the bay this year. My fourth time doing this race, and once you set off, in practical terms, it makes no difference where you start and finish, but Cross Bay should be Cross Bay. End of. That said, it's still a great run. There's no run like it and of course I'll still do it every year. The channels weren't so deep this year, but the headwind was really strong. Extra jellyfish this year too! Organisation perfect as usual. I got a medal to match 3 I already have, so I think the medal should be better and different in future years. Same goes for the t-shirt, which I didn't buy as I already have one exactly the same. Overall it's unique and a lovely run, but please revert to making it across the bay, make each years's medal and shirt unique and yes, charge a little bit extra to cover that. Entry numbers seem to be going down, so please make it more attractive! I don't want this face to end due to lack of interest. (And RW - why isn't 2015 an option for this review?) Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: One race everyone must do In full: This is a figure of 8 type course along the coast and slightly inland, starting at Woolacombe Bay and the first loop is also the half marathon course, it's a little kinder on the body but pleasing to the eye, but the second loop for the marathon guys is where you really do work, climbing up and down cliff face steps, but oh boy are the views amazing, not to mention the company. This was my 13th marathon and one I intended to do once, but I can honestly say it;s the only one I've ran with a smile on my face the entire way, it's my favourite marathon and will be back next year for certain. Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: Cracking new race on the calender In full: Despite managing to include about the only two hills in the area on the route which makes it slower than the nearby High Legh 10k earlier in the year this was an excellent new race. Well organised and marshalled on closed scenic countryside roads. Hope it's back again next year. Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: Tough but terrific! In full: A member of the 100 Marathon Club in the race number queue said this was his all-time favourite race and after staggering through it I can see why! It truly is one of the most fun, exciting, quirky, crazy things you'll ever do! Naked farmers mixed with snowmen mixed with cider, fairy cakes and hills so big they made this grown girl cry, you'll love every sensational second of it and, once the DOMS has worn off (it took FOUR days!!) you'll be scheming how you can get a place next year. Featuring the World's Most Encouraging Sweeper (complete with broom!), who made sure our little flock of four all got to the end, this is a tough-as-biltong race that will warm my heart for years to come. Thanks Andy and co for a superb day out. (PS And to think I thought Beachy Head was tough - pah!) Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: Superb challenging race In full: Another great Gibbet Challenge - always surprised this doesn't attract more runners... you'd have thought the free beer (Two Cocks Viscount - yum) would cancel out the climbs! Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: FAB FAB FAB FAB In full: Loved this race. Yes it was hilly, yes it was challenging, yes it hurt at times but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The marshalls were absolutely fantastic and the sweepers were encouraging and friendly, which I know as I ran majority of the race with. Fingers crossed it is on next year. Date of review: July 2, 2015
In short: Challenging road race with a bit of off road thrown in In full: Great turnout of 150 for a first time race (although it was replacing another race). Quick and easy registration on day or could sign up in advance online. Well organised. Run on open country roads but no issues with the few vehicles that did pass and pretty much every runner called out to warn those behind / in front of oncoming vehicles. Although mostly an out and back, the mile loop at the end seemed to ensure there weren't runners on both sides of the road.
A steady 1.5 mile incline to start before a couple of short downhill sections. A steeper climb towards the 3 mile mark and then a short section of off road before a sharp downhill and back along the same roads. Those small downhill sections on the way out felt a lot steeper and longer on the way back. The final 1.5 miles all downhill was nice.
Forecast to be really warm and humid day so organisers put in an extra water station which meant because you passed them on the way back, there were 4 opportunities to get a drink in a 6.6 mile race.
If it was closer to home I would definitely do again which is why I only put 'Maybe'. Great race. Date of review: July 2, 2015
In short: My first trail marathon In full: A most enjoyable day out. Much more fun than I expected. My third marathon and first off road. Very informative race build up on social media. Great race start in tiny Dorset village with lady on horse starting race with trumpet Then very big hills for the next 27 miles. Super aid stations and great support from the marshals and spectators. Food at the finish was lovely as was the amazing medal Buff and tshirt. We went to the free barn dance and managed somehow to dance on tired legs and sore feet The best race I have ever done. We will return for more fun Date of review: July 2, 2015
In short: The dogs dangleys In full: What a cracker of a run, scenery, marshals, tea, cake, goodie bag, medal, t shirt, massage, water stations every 3 miles, some in remote places, must take an army of people to sort all that out and what great organisation, like clockwork, loving the the red theme, will be back for sure, Date of review: July 1, 2015