In short: Just a fantastic day, and part of a fab weekend away in Devon In full: Difficult to rate from the point of view of PB potential - how often do we run 32.4 miles . . or Beginner-friendliness - how many beginners have heard of ultras?
Lessons learnt at my first attempt last year enabled me to beat my previous time by 31 minutes.
Fab atmosphere . . over 10% of the 150 entrants were Forumites . . run through beautiful countryside . . big helpings of food at the Plume of Feathers . . and of course a disco/party on the evening of the race . .
In short: Great atmosphere,very enjoyable. In full: A very enjoyable afternoon out .HHHH are to be commended for putting on an "event",not just a race.The course is scenic and challenging and the organisation first-class.The atmosphere on the green before and after the race was very friendly and great fun and it's a race to look forward to. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: would not advise for a beginner In full: The hills never ended, no time to recover from one before the next one. Parts of the course were unrunable especially the sand!!!!(horrible!)Not a race for the faint hearted the best bit was the last mile or so was able to run properly was able to enjoy that bit!! Glad it hadnt rained!!!!!
In short: Crazy start but great fun. In full: Nice and picturesque with a few hill climbs. The race was very well marshalled apart from the start which had the late arrivals at the front of the start line in a very narrow lane. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Very very very wet In full: Despite the earlier torrential rain, the flooding and very soft underfoot in the park section a well organised race where the delayed start coincided with a let up in the rain. Nice course and great finish. Great pint of IPA after. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: Excellent race, scenery spectacular, very hard hills and terrain In full: Really enjoyed the race even though very tough to a newcomer. Not a criticism but a memento of the day would have been nice and tea/coffee for sale would have been appreciated after the race as the small cup provided with meal was not enough. Will do again next year. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: My first ultra and they probably don't come any better than this. In full: If you're looking for a challenge beyond the marathon, this is far enough and hilly enough to test anyone. The Dartmoor landscape is awesome, the race organisation brilliant and the cameraderie among all competitors, experienced and novice alike, leaves a warm glow. A must-do event at some time in every distance runner's life. Date of review: June 6, 2005
In short: A well deserved reputation In full: Slick organisation makes for a great day. This is, in my opinion, the benchmark 10K event on the south coast.
The route is good, and is beginer friendly but if you want to push on allows plenty of potential for a PB.
The weather this year was a bit naff but even that couldn't dampen the positive attitude. The route is enthusiastically marshalled, with plenty of marshalls around. Even with poor weather there were also a lot of spectators around the route giving plenty of encouragement.
I will be back again next year. Date of review: June 6, 2005