In short: Great day out on the Downs. In full: I've never run off-road before. 20 miles with a map and hopefully someone in front to follow makes for a really interesting day out. Thanks to everyone who I followed or who shouted at me when I went wrong. I found it really difficult to understand the directions - all my energy being directed to my legs and not my brain! I think I would have been in dire straits if I'd been on my own. I kept missing even the more obvious route indicators. (D'oh).
The track with the flint stones was treacherous and I'll have to get better off-road shoes for next year, but apart from that, a really good training run for an autumn marathon. Excellent opportunity to get some hill-work in.
The water stations were well stocked (yum) and the marshalls were really encouraging and enthusiastic.
Beautiful scenery when I remembered to look up and fab weather today too. I can imagine it's a much tougher prospect if the weather is poor!
I'd definitely give it another go, but may opt for the 10 miler if I'm not building up to a marathon. It's hard to voluntarily put your body through that, although I feel great now - 7 hours later. Much better run than those boring road races with all their mile markers and arrows, no sense of adventure at those events! Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Great experience. Wonderful scenery. Best ever race. In full: Fantastic race, run through some beautiful countryside. Well organised and required a bit of "working out" along the way, but enough clues and markers to reassure runners they were on the right track.
Thanks to all the organisers and marshalls. A nice touch with the Mars bars and jelly babies at the checkpoints.
Good idea not to have a T-shirt/medal and keep the cost down instead.
Best race I've ever done - and I've done a few! Date of review: September 16, 2007