In short: The Start needs to be fixed. In full: All the late arrivals started from the front due to the very poor Start arrnagements. I spent half the race overtaking slow, late arrivals. Need to be fixed.
In short: Short? In full: It was my first ever 5KM race and I'd trained hard for 8 weeks, running approx 4 x 5KM a week by the end. The start was frustrating - many walkers hearded at the front while the runners were left to trip up over them to get away. (If the tannoy had been louder and the signs better then this might not have happened.) At places the "run" became a bottleneck "stand". My pedometer read 3.5KM at the end. On the up-side - a worthy cause and some very supportive stewards. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Bad weather did not spoil the day In full: I have always found afternoon races very difficult to prepare for and tend to run badly. Add to this a June day and you expect the temperature to be hot in the afternoon, making it more difficult. However, the continuous drizzle kept everything cool and I ended up with the time I wanted. Excellent course with viewes all over Poole harbour. There was quiote a strong wind but it was mostly behind us. I'll do this again but a morning start not in the afternoon would be the only improvement I would make. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: A well organised run, in nice country side. In full: It was good run and well organised. The hills were not as tough as expected, which was a nice surprise. Good support on the way round. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Just a fantastic day, and part of a fab weekend away in Devon In full: Difficult to rate from the point of view of PB potential - how often do we run 32.4 miles . . or Beginner-friendliness - how many beginners have heard of ultras?
Lessons learnt at my first attempt last year enabled me to beat my previous time by 31 minutes.
Fab atmosphere . . over 10% of the 150 entrants were Forumites . . run through beautiful countryside . . big helpings of food at the Plume of Feathers . . and of course a disco/party on the evening of the race . .
In short: Great atmosphere,very enjoyable. In full: A very enjoyable afternoon out .HHHH are to be commended for putting on an "event",not just a race.The course is scenic and challenging and the organisation first-class.The atmosphere on the green before and after the race was very friendly and great fun and it's a race to look forward to. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: would not advise for a beginner In full: The hills never ended, no time to recover from one before the next one. Parts of the course were unrunable especially the sand!!!!(horrible!)Not a race for the faint hearted the best bit was the last mile or so was able to run properly was able to enjoy that bit!! Glad it hadnt rained!!!!!