In short: Extremely enjoyable, excellent organisation. In full: This was a truly excellent introduction to marathon running and to orienteering (I have not done either before) with 27.4 miles of hills, mud, woodland and generally stunningly beautiful scenery. The organisation was faultless, the marshals friendly and the home made cakes and sandwiches at the end a nice and very welcome surprise. The Friendly atmosphere more than compensated for getting lost a couple of times in the woodland sections. Only problem is that I will have to do a road marathon now just to see how fast I can go in an ‘ordinary’ race. Well done and thank you to Dunstable Road Runners.
In short: Not for the faint hearted but a stunning race expertly organised In full: Lovely self navigated trail race over the Dunstable Downs countryside. It was very off road in places and the navigation aspect makes it a race for the brave however the organisation was faultless. Route directions were good but don't expect a PB. Thanks to the marshalls who were cheerful and kept us in a ready supply of jelly babies. Good tea and cake at the end. A budget race but done by the experts. I will be back next year. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Ooo those hills, but the view - stunning! In full: A wonderful event, super friendly and challenging, will be back next year with stronger legs and better direction reading skills! Excellent marshalls, very encouraging -massive thanks to the organisers. Free rolls, cake and tea at the finish, what more can you ask for?! Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: A great race for scenery In full: This has to be one of the best races I've done for scenery.
The navigation instructions were excellent,and hall big enough to accomodate all which was good for pre race faffing but guidance and warning of the start as it's a 20 minute walk from HQ would be more helpful. However, everyone was friendly and the cake and rolls at the end very scrummy. Top race.
In short: Off road heaven, marathon meet orienteering - which meant 28 miles for me In full: You dont expect to get lost on a marathon, but I wasnt the only runner who lost my way and ended up running an extra couple of miles. Its a beautiful course with a great mix of terrain, so going the extra mile has at least some rewards. A small number of marathon runners and a lot of woodland means that you are on your own for a lot of the run (unless you group with someone else). A quick question to walkers "have you seen other runners coming this way" gives you some confidence that you are still on the right track. The directions are very good, but its still easy to get lost. It was the first time I used the "course" function on my Garmin Watch - this took some getting used to, but if it wasnt for this I wouldnt have finished. There was a positive party atmosphere at the 5 mile stations - a chat, a few glasses of water, jelly babies, mars bars. All marshalls and organisers were extremely friendly. Forget personal bests, this is a run with a difference, challenging but extremely enjoyable. I will definitely do this again. Date of review: September 16, 2010