In short: Harder than I had imagined In full: Unless you have done this before (I hadn't) it's difficult to prepare for. Long hills, grass, gravel and farm tracks to run on and walkers to avoid. Also dust storms from the transport buses on the ridgeway.
But it's a great run, a real challenge with proper scenary.
I would recommend this run to anyone who's bored of the relentless suburban trudge of the average city marathon. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Marshalls were great and plenty of them, support was good and street entertainers etc all good. However, 2 laps were very boring, and very hilly!! And NO SPORTS DRINKS!! not good for PB but spirit was great. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: At last I went the right way. 3rd time lucky. In full: Extra marshalls on key parts of the course helped direct me the right way. Just knowing I had gone the right way helped me think positive. Went onto to PB for 3 Forts course. But then again I was running 3 miles less. Well done organisers same next year. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: An interesting small and very friendly trails run in lovely countryside In full: A small field of perhaps 35 did this 12K trails run which was acually about 10.5ishk. This is certainly a novel race, just turn up & run - no numbers required !. The number of people a the start looking at maps had me worried, but the waymarking & marshaling were excellent, as was the reception at the finish (small but vocal & encouraging). Times were generally good, and scenery excellent This is a run that deserves more people taking part, but perhaps the initial organisation would need improving if this happened. Overall- British eccentricity at its best-left me with a warm feeling inside. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Who needs BUPA? In full: This is the second time I have run this race and the first since BUPA dropped the Great Caledonia Run and moved to Edinburgh. Their loss. The organisers of this race have worked hard to create a fun family day. The weather helped generate an excellent fun atmosphere. Organisation was slick and the addition of Championchip timing was a good extra.
If you are thinking of doing this race don't overlook how long it actually takes to get to Balmoral from Aberdeen and the fact that parking is a good 40 min walk from the start area. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: A definate PB course. In full: Well marshalled on a difficult course. Plenty of encouracgement all the way round. A slight problem with the start this year but hopefully this will be rectified by next year. The results were on very fast...a bit like the course...Or and a PB as well. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: A great race to burn off those bank holiday calories In full: Ran the 1/2. Excellent conditions and the drizzle helped. Apparently 2 or 3 miles away on the coast, there was a downpour. I will be back next year Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Good fun, good weather, good everything! In full: Very lucky with the weather, which helped. Very scenic route - although the hill from hell after 3.5 k. The pipers on top of the hill were very welcome. Good Highland atmosphere all round - with some Highland dancing, falconry, ferret racing etc to keep everybody entertained. As much as a contrast as one can get compared to London the week before... More of a fun race rather than serious PB stuff, but very much recommended particularly for that reason. It was my first time, but I've been told it's got smaller since the sponsors (previously BUPA) changed and the big names like Paula Radcliffe do not come anymore. Shame - it's a good race and deserves lots of attention... Will definitely do it again! Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Great weather and scenery but course could be flatter! In full: Well organised race in a nice friendly village setting with perfect weather!PB'd today, 39.42! See you next year! Date of review: April 30, 2006