In short: As Ultra go this is one of the best IMHO In full: This was a great event...everything was thought of from well stocked and frequent drink stations, very helpful marshals, good back-up support at the lap start/finish area with plenty of free food as well as drink, plus a back-up car constantly cruising the course with cups of ice!
8 x 6.5(ish) mile laps meant we were never far from base and there was the option of pulling out after 30 or 40 miles and still receive a medal.
The full distance of 52.4 miles was as tough as it sounds but having completed it, the sense of achievement and recognition from the organisers was well worth the blood, sweat and tears! Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: THANK YOU, Spartans. In full: MY first trail run ... and it won't be my last. Only thing is that I think I am unlikely to find another event as enjoyable as this. The route, instructions, organisation and atmosphere were all marvellous. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation on a very hot day! A good challenging course. In full: My only upset for this race was at then end when i noticed the drinks station at the end was running low on cups so i collected a few empty ones for them and when i took them back to the table i got accused of drinking too much and had the cups snatched out of my hands!! All in al though a very good race, well organised just a very temperamental woman at the drinks station at then end but i blamed this on the heat. Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: Mad dogs and Englishmen? In full: No water in the 1st 5 miles on a day well over 30 degrees,saw people just collapse from heat at least one taken away by ambulance I wont do this race again Date of review: July 18, 2005
In short: A tough half marathon but well worth doing In full: Great race. Unique and well run. Highly recommended but not for the faint hearted. Some of the hills go on forever. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: Hot, Hilly with lots of pavements In full: Suppose you have to expect hot days in July - well we certainly got that. This together with the 2 hills (1st one fine 2nd at c.9 miles a killer) probably makes it difficult to put in a PB. Race was part of a bigger event festival, stalls, fun fair etc) - which was good. Scenery wasn't as dire as one might expect. Loads of marshals. Hated the pavements. Good challenging race all round. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: a bit different from the normal 10k tarmac plod. In full: i entered with some reservations about the hill aspect, but convinced myself 4.5 miles couldnt be that hard- how wrong i was. the race starts and finishes in the showground arena in front of literally hundreds of the paying festival public, making you feel like youre at the olympics. at the top of the first climb, which is so steep everybody walks up it (and theres 2 more like it) i was thinking NEVER AGAIN. The hills were bad, plus it was one of the hottest days of summer and the terrain under foot was uneven to say the least. HOWEVER you do get a warm glow and sense of achievement when you enter the arena and cross the finish line to the cheers of all the people that have sat on their arses all day drinking beer. so maybe i will go back next year after all. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: My 3rd time for this race and it's always a first rate event In full: I never understand why runners ever mention the heat for this race, it is mid July after all! Excellent organization, great course, recommend it. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: Scotland at its best! HIlls, scenery, pipers, refreshments..Great run! In full: Excellent support (thanks St Andrews), music on the route (thanks pipers), great crowd, refreshments, a mug, fantastic scenery and some of the most friendly organisers and runners I've met. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: Hilly and hot In full: Downside- one of the water stations ran out of water around 8 miles. So myself and 2 friends who are mid-pack runners had to run with no fluids which due to the heat and hills was horrible.
Upside-The support from the locals is a major plus of this event especially before and after the hills! Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: I keep getting quicker but nowhere near my PB! In full: It's odd! this race is dead flat and I mean dead flat. 3 laps. Yet I can't get anywhere near my PB on this course. Oh well, enjoyed it again. Well organised, plenty of water and good support from the grandstand. Date of review: July 17, 2005