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
In short: Tough course and brilliant grub In full: QE park is a fantastic area and just made for tough and muddy off-road running. This route involves some brutal up hills - mainly in the first 60% of the course. It's very muddy which makes it all extremely playful. The marshals were great on a wet cold day. The post run chilli was surprisingly excellent and was perfect after a tough run. Date of review: February 1, 2016
In short: Fantastic run! In full: A challenging but very rewarding run, loved every step! A very friendly but tough run with lots of helpful & encouraging marshals. Looking forward to next year! Date of review: February 1, 2016
In short: tough course but well worth turning up for, thoroughly enjoyable. In full: This was a great event! One that will definitely make it on to next years calendar. It was very well organised and tough enough to test your endurance. All in all, a great test that i would recommend to a runner of any standard. The marshals were superb all day and deserve a massive thank you. Excellent event, Well done guys! Date of review: February 1, 2016
In short: Great January half in preparation for spring marathon In full: This year was my best 4 villages race, and achieved a PB. Very friendly, we were lucky with the weather. A race organised by runners for runners! Thank you. See you in 2017! Date of review: January 29, 2016
In short: Great fun for the whole family In full: Really well organised, bargain price under 9s were free, loads of people but good allocated wave times. Big goody bag, lovely medal. I think this is more of a run for the whole family getting the kids involved. Date of review: January 28, 2016
In short: Fun 5k, great way to start the new year In full: The uphill start was well worth it for the views of Edinburgh at the top. Marshals were cheery and encouraging, and I loved the bagpipers at every kilometre marker - very nice touch! Date of review: January 28, 2016