In short: great day, great course, great maps, great value....will do it again. In full: I was pleasantly surprised by this race. Having done Comrades, CCC and London to Brighton this year, the thought of circumnavigating Rotherham didn't fill me full of promise. How wrong I was. The weather was great, the course was varied enough to hold my attention and the people I met along the way were brilliant. The maps were so much easier to read than on London to Brighton which meant I only had one small detour near the 'Pylon'. The only slight down point for me was the variety and quantity of refreshments at the checkpoints (except the last one) was very sparse compared to all of the other races I have done, which was a shame. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Great conditions, great organisation, freindly, greatd value In full: I did this race last year in December and the conditions were brutal, so bringing this race forward by two months has worked a treat. The conditions today were glorious, the organisation was faultless and a big thankyou to all who were involved with the running of this event. For anyone whos thinking of running or walking this event i would recomend taking both the strip map and writen desciption of the course with you, navagating this course can be quite triky in places. Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: Excellent run, the support and commaradary of the Rotherham Harriers makes it well worth it! In full: I tried this a few years ago and dropped out because of the conditions, this time it was excellent and I completed it! The support from others was brilliant and everyone helps each other. Fantastic. Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: It couldn't be harder than in 2007, could it? Well yes it could and it was. The weather can make this a killer In full: There are nice patches and some truly hideous industrial wastelands to traverse, but overall this is a gem of a race that gives great variety in a very challenging format.
It might be flattish, but the weather makes it a real tough challenge. I'll be back... Date of review: January 13, 2009
In short: Excellent organisation - but hardest thing I've done In full: 50 mile trail race. Lots of mud - perhaps worse than usual given a whole day of rain. Requires good navigational skills to follow strip map - route is not marked. Great organisation, excellent website, and lots of free food and drink at checkpoints and end. Far more challenging than 50 miles on road - but great to finish. Date of review: December 23, 2008
In short: Magnificent! In full: I'm thrilled to have finished this very tough race in wet and cold conditions. It is a brilliant event, very well organised. There is a real variety in scenery: pretty villages, woods, a beautiful country park and an ugly industrial estate. The muddy fields and flooded paths were very challenging, particularly after dark, but that is the fun and the challenge. Thanks to the organisers for a remarkable race and a truly memorable experience.
In short: Worst route I've ever seen In full: The organisers can't be blamed for the weather (although this would be more fun in a warmer month) but the choice of route is appalling. A mixture of industrial estates, sewerage works (or something that smells equally as bad) and bleak fields of mud is not the most enticing route.
Only worth doing as a training run and don't expect to get any enjoyment from the race. Date of review: December 13, 2008
In short: Once again RHAC put on a brilliant event despite the grotty weather In full: this was my first ultra and ive now run it on 3 consecutive years. Mixed scenery from industrial areas which arent the most scenic to rolling fields which are. The best things about this race are: Warm welcome from the organisers, marashalls etc; Exceptional organisation of the event and the wonderful value for money. I will be back again in spite of the incredibly tough conditions experienced...apparantly they have ordered good weather for next year!!! Date of review: December 14, 2007