In short: Probably shouldn't have done this for my first marathon! In full: Yes thats right my first one, silly move probaby, but glorious scenery certainly made up for the hardest effort i have ever put into anything, the extra 4 miles which i wasn't expecting at the end was a bit cruel, but i'll let them off! Date of review: April 18, 2008
In short: Tough trail race - Incredible surroundings - Tip top organization In full: Brilliant race through Exmoor coastal terrain. Good variety of trail surfaces to keep you entertained. Chip system to time your various zones. Extra miles on than you plan for adding to the 'gruel factor' - they do it on purpouse - stop moaning about the extra distance. Print out of times immediately (clever bit of kit!). Couldnt recommend it more (although would recommend practising the hill running!) 10/10 Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: Well organised scenic event In full: Was it expensive? Not really when you compare to the rip-offs that are Bath/Bristol Half/Bristol 10k. Organisation was almost faultless; for those of us who parked in the top field walking back up the huge hill was a killer at the end of the race. Was it £1 to park there or was that just an enterprising local? Also in the half marathon we started to pick up the pace at 11.5 miles only to run on for another 4 miles... typical off road course I suppose.. the extra views made up for the distance. I would certainly agree with the 'bit corporate' comment, but the scenary made up for any Price Waterarse t-shirts ;-)
However, was a great event, value was fine and the guys organising cheerful. How many races are able to give you a print out of your times directly at the finish.. nice touch! Also pretty groovy being able to sit down afterwards and eat provided chilli lunch.
Would easily do one of the endurance events again.. so thanks guys... Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: My partner and I completed all 5 of the Endurance Life Coastal Marathons and would recommend them to anyone - they are great fun, beautiful scenary, challenging and always much longer than 26.2!! Date of review: April 16, 2008
In short: worth it for the great course and fantastic scenery In full: Yes pricey but it takes a lot to organise an event in such a remote area. Numbers were kept low and there were lots of organising staff there. After doing a string of road half-marathons, this was different, fun, risky in places, impossible to run all the way, no chance of a PB, but it was enjoyable and challenging. Timings were irrelevant, so I could enjoy the experience. Very friendly, not too competitive, but the toughest event I have done. Date of review: April 15, 2008
In short: Beautiful! In full: This was an excellent course, stunning views of the coastline and very varied terrain. The organisers were genuinely nice guys, although the position of the finishing shhot was a bit awkward - especially when you had runners queuing for their print outs and people trying to run into the finish in the same gate way. Surely next year it would be better to enter from the other end of the tent? Or have the finish in the larger crossroads area in fromt of the pub? And as to all the lark about the entry fee - nobody is forcing anybody to race, and it's organised by a company not a running club so it's fine by me! Date of review: April 15, 2008