In short: An outstanding race-unique and a real challenge. In full: This race is very special.It's a real challenge-the course is predominantly off-road,single-file in many places with numerous stiles/gates and some very steep up and downhill sections.Just how tough was brought home to me by how exhausted I felt afterwards and how painful walking downstairs is today!However,the scenery and surroundings are magnificent and the quality of organisation and support (marshalling,signing, water stations et al)was exemplary.Throw in excellent race facilities,T shirt and post-race refreshments and it all added up to a fantastic race experience.Congratulations and thanks to all involved. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: A magnificent race. Beautiful scenery, brilliantly organised, testing terrain, friendly and supportive marshalls and just really enjoyable to be there In full: My comments would just echo what's already been said. The one thing that couldn't be controlled was the weather and even that was perfect this year. Along with Beachy Head, this would be my favourite race, and a definate for next year! Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Flat course, crowd not big but supportive, nice marshals In full: As others have said, the route was nearly all along cycle paths, which were wide enough to avoid congestion. There seemed to be quite a few club runners, which helped me to a PB time (thanks!). Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Excellent race, well organised and very enjoyable. In full: The towpath section is nice but does slow you down a bit - but nonetheless an excellent race. Recommended. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: 3 Laps of the same were a bit boring! In full: The parking at the start was an issue as they had blocked off the entrance to the car park too soon! Can not have been good for the slower runners having to run throught he car park when people were off home! Would have prefered 2 longer laps! Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Well organised, challenging run In full: With one exception the event was very well organised. The one problem however, is that both half-ers and 10k-ers start together. Not a good idea in my book for either grouping and there is no Chip-ing so we are back to relying on someone getting your correct time, but for the money I think the event was good; even if I didn't get my Powerade at the end.
Route is challenging, not hard. From about 4.5 miles to 5.5 miles is on an incline. Pity help the Half-ers who had to do it twice in the heat that we had that morning.
If anyone is looking for a good 10k, I would recommend this one. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: A really enjoyable race! In full: Slight course change from when I did it last in 2003, which is an improvement. Yes there are hills...well, more like undulations really...but then I have run Dartmoor with real hills! But the ups are quite short and the down bits compensate, so you don't really need to struggle in this course.
Running 2 laps between Torquay and Paignton on the same side of the road as those in front/behind you is actually quite fun, especially if you have club mates or friends in the race too, because you get to see them a few times.
I'll definitely do this one again. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Fourth year in a row for this good, friendly race. Kids "enjoy" fun run as well. In full: I don't think this is a race for setting PB's. My time is always slower than other races, but I have improved my time each year over the last 4 years. Lucky with the weather this year, which was ideal for a Summer race. Results posted on website quickly, but there are gaps (including me!) Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Tough course but well worth the effort In full: Plenty of nearby parking, very well organised, plenty of support, friendly marshals and a very nice long sleeve shirt. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: As beautiful as advertised. And not quite as brutal! In full: My first NDR, but it certainly won't be my last! This is a must-run event for everyone's calendar.
The scenery is glorious throughout - forests, orchards and poppy covered fields, with almost no road running at all - and the hills weren't quite as bad as I feared. Many of the climbs are single track only, so everyone is forced to go at the speed of the slowest runner, and together with the many stiles this gives you plenty of chances to take a breather. There was only 1 real killer - helpfully (or not!) signposted in advance as the "ironman hill" in big red letters by the organisers - and although this comes late enough in the race to REALLY hurt, for the most part the course is not too brutal. I was "only" about 15% slower than I would expect for a flat race over this distance.
(In fact, the slowest km is the first one, looping round the leisure centre, when there are big bottlenecks as everyone has to filter through the first narrow tracks. This is a race for starting near the front, and hammering the first km, to get a good "track" position.)
(Must admit we were lucky with the weather this year though, avoiding the recent heatwave and thunderstorms. Not sure how much fun this would be in bad conditions.)
Organisation is superb - the signposting is excellent for such a complicated course and the marshalls throughout give great encouragement. As do the pub regulars enjoying us all stagger past! Water stations are frequent, well placed, and offer lots of jelly babies! T shirts are better than average, free swim at the end is a great idea, and the barbecue is pretty good. Results service is astonishingly fast - my time and place were published within about 15 minutes of me finishing.
Anyone addicted to the slog of flat road running MUST give this race a try to see what they have been missing.
In short: Super smashing great. In full: This is the second time I done this race and its brill. Well organised with excellent facilities. Real PB course if you train properly - which I didn't. Will be back next year deffo. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Nice race - but not Flat In full: Fee massage was great , the course is nice but there are one or two large undulations ( not so Flatchaps!) and tricky road crossings but I really enjoyed the course. Date of review: June 27, 2005