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
In short: One of the most enjoyable races I have ever done, I wouldn't say it was easy but so well organised and extremely good value for money. AND whoever made the buffet is a saint. fabulous. See you next year. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: My 1st race which I really enjoyed. Only problem that they ran out of water at some of the water stations which was a big problem for me as I was close to the back. In full: Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: Hot Hot Hot!!! In full: Well organised race which runs out from Dartford into rural Kent and back again finishing on the running track at Central Park. Plenty of hillwork including a fairly long climb at the 9th mile. Extremely hot conditions today meant it was difficult to get close to my PB but enjoyed the final section on the running track. I would definitely run this event again! Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: A couple of up bits, a couple of down bits and a few flat bits. In full: A challenging race made more challenging by a very warm day. Good organisation though with plentiful supply of bottled water. My slowest half marathon time of the year - and all down to the weather. Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: holiday race In full: on holiday and decided to do this. pb on first mile even although warned about coming hills and i suffered. but it was worth it. good facilyies and atmosphere Date of review: July 17, 2005
In short: The Haytor Heller - 'Six miles of hell'. The most accurately described race ever In full: The Haytor Heller - 'Six miles of hell'. The most accurately described race ever, lots of very steep hills and rocky trecherous footing set in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Showers, refreshment etc were all on hand and a very friendly bunch are the Teinbridge Trotters. Just to make things interesting it was over 20°C and the bracken up to your waist. I found it extremely hard, partly due to the weather but also as I've got a bit of a virus and hadn't done as much preparation as I would have liked. All the same I enjoyed it and will go again next year.