In short: hills and a naked farmer!! In full: Superbly well organised event, amazing aid stations stocked with everything you could think of. Great people to run with and organisers. Will have to stay for the weekend next time Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Very tough hills, but incedible views and awesome atmosphere more than make up for it In full: WSR really know how to hold an epic event. Fabulous course over lots of hills, but stunning scenery. Don't expect a pb, unless it's your first.
Very well organised - the bar was flowing and food served as soon as we'd put the tent up Friday evening; bar, bbq, ice cream, more food and barn dance post race. Lovely hot showers. The WI didn't mind me hijacking their tea urn plug so I could nuke my porridge either.
Quads are shot, back aches, shattered and covered in half a dozen itchy-as-hell lumps after being munched by something, but can't wait to do it again Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: new to trail - still do it In full: This year i had to pull out. The marshalls were amazing and i was taken back to HQ without any bother at all - thank you very much A fantastic well organised challenging event Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Great race, scenery and atmosphere. Great organisation too. In full: This is a special gem tucked away in the lovely village of Hamstreet. Mostly off-road on trails in the nearby woods, you can don 1 loop for 5-ish km or 2 loops for 10k. Cakes, smiles and momentos afterwards make it really special. Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: fab race , tough , really tough but loads of support from other runners , organisers and locals ( including the naked farmer) and an amazing atmosphere , great fun , allow yourself the whole weekend to get the most out of the event. Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Absolutely fantastic race In full: Fantastic organisation, lots of choice at the aid stations and the marshals were really supportive. Loved the 'love station' where every runner got a hug and cider and cake plus numerous other goodies. The course was challenging but achievable in the cut off times. The scenery was fantastic and the other runners really friendly. Great idea to have food the the night before and camping and the barn dance was a huge success - band and food both amazing. Great Tshirt, glass and medal. We drove over 200 miles to do this race but it was worth the long drive. I would highly recommend anyone to take part in any of their races. Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Great race, great marshalls, great views, great bling, great route-marking In full: Slick organisation with thorough emails informing information to the tiniest detail. Very well signed route, very difficult to get lost. Very challenging with 6,000ft of climb, but worth every step (there's lots of downhill too!) Would heartily recommend the Giants Head Marathon. Not for the faint-hearted but with a generous 8 hour cut-off ideal for all levels of marathoner. Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: HILLY, WITH A BIT OF HILL, THEN SOME HILLS THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE In full: What a fab event. If you'd asked me this time yesterday as I crawled over the finish (a smidge over 7 hours!) I'd have said 'not a chance will I be back'....now I'm thinking, when do entries open....One of the best all rounders I've been lucky enough to do. Just lovely, from the superb and entertaining pre race info, the ample parking, great welcome at registration, shotgun weilding lady farmer to kick it all off ,naked farmer and farmeresses in baths. Lovely lovely running community who literally helped each other up the nastiest hills you'll ever meet - worth it for the great views - smashing photographer, wonderful marshalls, super aid stations (inc cake!), a love lounge at 20(ish) miles - this is Dorset you know - with cider/vodka/cake/crisps/ hugs/hugs/more hugs (did I mention hugs?) There were some people heading for their 1000th marathon, some on their first. There were elite runners, there were plodders (me!). There were the orange sweeper shirts of doom - but the cut off is pretty darned generous at over 8 hours and if I can get round comfortably in under that, anyone can. Free post-race massage,hot showers, fab medal/tshirt and pint pot all with THE WILLY on! The rest of the Country was being deluged and thunderstormed, but the RD even used his influence to make sure we'd brilliant weather. Slightly on the warm side, but I guess you can't have everything. If I was going to be really picky, I'd say a ski lift would be nice. For that biiiiig hill..... Cheers Andy and team, can't wait till next year :) Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: awesome In full: ITB pain for the last 4 miles didn't stop this being one of my favourite runs EVER!, just awesome! best aid/water stops I've ever encountered.. and the goodies at the end seriously put other events to shame - tech tee. pint glass with logo. and excellent quality medal Bucket list run for sure........ Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Great event In full: This is the second year the event has taken place and I don't think there's anything else the organisers can do to top this great event! Everyone there from the runners, the locals, the event crew and the local farmer lady with the shot gun who fired it to start the race (OMG how fab) were soooo friendly. The WI served up some delicious grub, the booze was reasonably prices, the barn dance on sat was hilarious, the athletes village was spacious and last but not least the marathon route was hilly (very hilly - what else would you expected in this part of the world) but with breathtaking views and to receive a T-shirt, a beer glass and a bling bling medal with the willy man on it was the cherry on the top of the cake. Thanks guys see ya next year :-) Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: an amazing race.........scenery beautiful and so friendly and well organised In full: first time at this race......It was in a beautiful part of the country and with camping organised just metres from the start at a token £5 for the weekend......it was great for a family get away..... the marathon was a tough one but it wqas well worth it with frequent drink stops and stops with well stocked up supplies including cakes, watermelon and sweets and crisps......could have stopped for ages if they had let me.although tough it is so friendly that the miles just ticked by.great celebrations at the end.....will return..... Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Best Day Out Ever In full: The *little brother* of the Giant's Head Marathon with amazing views, giant hills, slick organistion and the added bonus of a naked farmer having and outdoor bath at Mile 2. Brilliant medal and tech t-shirt plus being cheered over the line by what seemed like the whole village. The hills hurt at the time, they really hurt this morning but nothing will stop me doing it all again next year. This is a race organised by runners for runners. Date of review: June 29, 2014
In short: Well organised and extremely local! In full: I did this race over the previous course, starting and finishing on the playing field near Lordshill Rugby club. The involvement of big local employer Ordnance Survey has notched it up a step. Warm day with busts of fierce sun through clouds and a course which mixes rural roads and suburban back routes. Well organised chip start and finish line at the new OS headquarters in Adanac Park and two water stops around the course with sports cap mini bottles rather than plastic cups, always a welcome sign. Engraved whisky glass for all finishers rather than finishers medal. One of the best local races I've done this year. Date of review: June 29, 2014