In short: Exilerating . . Exciting . . Excellent company . . Wonderful views . . Tougher than anything similar I've done before . . and that was just the bus ride to the start :-) In full: In fact all those adjectives to apply to the race too . . much tougher than I anticipated but the course was much more spectacular than I'd anticipated also.
There were moments when I wondered what on earth I thought I was doing but they were few and far between and it was quite simply a marvellous experience.
Longer than advertised . . lots of flies in the woods . . a particularly tough climb and some dodgy descents knowing that the sea is just "down there".
Exceptionally friendly marshalls . . nothing was too much trouble and if I'd realised that the tea/coffee and sandwiches/cakes were free at the end I'd have pushed a bit harder!!
Drinks stations had plenty of water despite their remote locations . . the box of bananas in the middle of nowhere was a nice touch . . as were the extra at the drinks stations . . jelly babies . . more bananas . . and even home-made honey sandwiches at one!!!
Thank you Minehead Running Club Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: 1 In full: no chance of a pb,as the 1st 3 miles totally uphill saw to that,this race is about getting to the end.well organised and great scenery through the testing purbeck countryside.not a race for the 1st timer at this distance,run on busy roads.if you finished im sure ,like me ,you will ache big time,but well worth the pain. Date of review: August 1, 2005
In short: OK, Running for a good cause justifies the tenner spent on the day. No medals though - come on guys! In full: A flat course as everyone has said. Laps make PB's a good prospect because you know what lies ahead from lap 1. Organisation was OK & friendly. Certificates at the end was a bit confusing - maybe just handing eveyone a medal at the funnel might have been easier - and I do love medals. Love 'em I do......so I was disappointed not to get one. Anti climax for me after my efforts. No PB - close, but no cigar. Plenty of sponges & water were very welcome as though relatively cool day the heat always does me in. Not a bad little jaunt into The Smoke.
In short: Excellent Race In full: Some tough hilly bits but the downhill sections help you make up time! Spot prizes are a nice touch but would be nice next year if there's a medal/memento for all. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: I'll not be back... In full: After speaking with the organisor, i was expecting a very friendly and well organised event. Although some aspects (well, the aid station) was very well organised, on the whole, i'd say it was a mess. 14 lap course and runners could not be told what lap they were on without a search through papers - i know some were sent in early having not completed the correct number of laps. The event seemed to cater well for the front runners, but unless you're a <3:30 man, stay home. Runners coming through later were not even met with a cup of water and had to wrestle with a huge container to get their own.... after running 50km!
In short: Very well organised - an excellent atmosphere! In full: Tough uphill - a bit of a surprise on the first lap! Then it's much worse when you know it's waiting for you second time around. A very rewarding race. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Well organised. Nice flat course which helped me achieve a 10k pb! In full: ...even got to see Little Mo (from Eastenders for you more cultured runners!) in the car park beforehand, trying to park a 4x4 very badly! Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: In aid of Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy, it is an excellent event to support. Well organised and a nice flat course!. In full: Great organisation, a very important cause and a lovely event for first timers. Great fun and a lot of crowd support. A little dull going round the same lap 3 times though! even if it is flat! Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Exmoor Seaview 20 will be a superb event next year. Hard as Nails. In full: Turned out to be 20 miles, not 17. Well organized other than distance issue, sufficient water and a splendid route. Loads of climbing but one really really nasty one. Don't forget fly repellant for the woodland stages and make sure you think through hydration and fueling. A welcome with nice cake selection at finish. A real tough event. Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: A fantastic though hard trail run, the cakes and sandwiches at the end were brilliant. In full: A very well organised run through fantastic scenery. One of the hills just after a shingle beach was a killer, but the views back over Porlock were magnificent. Very friendly water stops with jelly babies and honey sandwiches, tricky navigation in some places, but overall a brilliant race, and one for my calendar next year.
Plus, the sandwiches and cakes at the finish were great, particularly liked the home made ones! Date of review: July 31, 2005
In short: Glorious Gloucestershire In full: Lovely village atmosphere and good scenery. A free glass of cider cant be sniffed at, but cant be drunk if driving. (Bring a friend, who can tell you how good it tasted!)
Not 100% flat course. Though not far off my PB.
Bit of a drive for me, but will be back some time in the future.