In short: The weather was bitter but this event left a glowing feel! In full: Arctic winds and blizzard conditions added another element to an already challenging event.
Really enjoyed today. Everything that I love about running was there in abundance - a scenic offroad route, muddy conditions, a few testing hills, well-marked route, expert organisation, fantastic marshaling (in awful weather), good post-race facilities (hot showers) and a free hearty meal. Good value all round.
I only ran the 20 and that was TOUGH! Complete respect to all those that did the 40 today - amazing achievement - Well Done!!
Thanks to everyone involved in making today a great day to be a runner!
See you next year for the 20 (unless I get illusions of grandeur and lose all sense of reality!). Date of review: March 22, 2008
In short: Wonderful for your first ultra In full: Great scenery, really friendly, fabulous checkpoint grub and that really warm feeling inside - once you've finished - 10/10. Date of review: April 2, 2006
In short: I have done the 40 mile race three times and each time I get slower but it is a great race and well worth doing. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to try and ultra distance race Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Why I enjoyed 20 miles (21 miles actually, as several of us went the wrong way) so much I do not know. It was hard, but great fun and a very, very friendly race. See you next year. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Where else do you get to run thru horse manure after your cocoa and sarnies at checkpoint 3? In full: This is a glorious affair. The countryside is fabulous, the upward bits can be run if so inclined, and the downward bits are not so downwards as to be dangerous. The support is as good as it gets and the field full of runners with dazed looks on their faces out of sheer ... pleasure? amazement? exhaustion? Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: Very hilly, not for the faint hearted, can be isolated as long gaps between runners, but good if you're a challenge seeker! In full: A very challenging & relentlessly hilly course. Definitely a Challenge & not a Race. If you can do this you can do London no problem! Good atmosphere with a nice hot meal afterwards.
Can be a bit isolated & maybe vulnerable if you're a lady runner but some ran in pairs which is better & helps in case you're unsure of the sometimes vague direction markings. Marshall sent up on an extra 1 mile detour through the woods(!!), but marshalls very friendly indeed.
Could have done with more water stops - if hot next year should be reconsidered to put more in towards the end. But couldn't knock the quantity and choice of refreshments! Water, squash, tea, coffee, sandwiches, sweets but to name a few.
Nice hot showers when finished & the choice of a cheap massage before limping off to the canteen for sausage, chips, beans & pie! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: A massage at the end was very tempting! In full: Great run and tremendous scenery - particularly from the top of one stonking great hill. One arrow too few meant that quite a few people went on a diversion which added a mile to the distance. Very friendly and encourging marshalls, but there were only 3 water stops on the 20 miler and I would have appreciated 2 more. There no mile markers which made judging my timing very difficult. Could the marshalls wear mile marker bibs at appropriate places??? Would definitely do it again. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Re-motivated me after a couple of rough years, was like being a kid again running through woods and across fields. Not the easiest of courses, but a sense of humour and no desire for a PB will get you through. Date of review: March 27, 2006