In short: This hurts....Proper! In full: This race is a true test of endurance, stamina and sanity! Finishing this race, regardless of the time, and collecting the medal is worth the blood, sweat and tears. The support from the marshals and the camaraderie among the runners was great as usual. On the final push up the steps, I swore that I would burn my shoes and never run again, but as I ran down the slope for the final time, I knew I"d be needing them again. One man suit fully zipped up, if a little frayed around the edges. Well done Rob on another great event. I"ll be back for more. Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: I wish they'd resurfaced the entire route... In full: From the singing of the National Anthem to a glorious descent to the finish near twilight, this event had everything! A new start for Olympic year incorporating the start of the zig-zag route the road race will take (kindly resurfaced for us!!) and four extra descents and climbs into and out of Juniper Bottom (which I could well have done without), not to mention the extra 4-ish miles!!
The marshals were superb - thank you for all your words of encouragement and gifts of water and sweets, and most of all for being out there for longer than we were to make the event happen. Thanks especially to whoever found some lucozade for the Juniper Bottom water stop - without that I'd probably still be out there!!
Brilliant to hear the usual camaraderie from all the runners - it's ultimately what makes this event so special. I'd like to thank the group I talked to before the start and greeted all the way round, but I copuld hardly remember my own name during the race, let alone anyone else's, even if it is printed (in tiny letters) on the running numbers!!
And finally a huge vote of thanks to Dr. Rob: these insane challenges are what we live for - keep putting them on!! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: The longest and most murderous run of my life. You will find out what you're made of ! Extemely difficult but well organised and support by fellow runners was unsurpassed. Well done everyone that made it round ! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: brutal In full: Can't be any complaints - they certainly didn't hide how tough it would be and it lived up to it! T-shirt is great and medal (my kids, who are much more into the bling!, tell me) is biggest and one of best. Drink / food stations were well stocked even towards end and marshalled by fantastic people who really appreciated what you were going through and supported you (hard work on such a long afternoon!). A real sense of pleasure in completing that, even compared with other ultras - but whilst I've ticked the box for 'would you do it again', I did so out of support for such a great race rather than actually feeling up for it in any way yet! Date of review: June 25, 2012
In short: picnic its not,lol. In full: race was amazing,if you like something to test your metal,this is for you,its hard to discribe,in a marathon you hit the wall,the picnic you hit the whole house!but its great to finish. Date of review: June 24, 2012