In short: Challenging!!! 26 Hills, not for the faint harted In full: Was an excellent course but very hilly! After each hill there was time to recover but if doing a half or full marathon this did get very difficult after 8-9 miles. The laps aint as bad as you think. Very good day overall. Date of review: October 27, 2009
In short: More like an off road ultra In full: Good organisation. Friendly bunch of runners. But two hills repeated 26 times means much tougher and slower than road race, even if gentler on the body. Laps didn't get boring because of scenery and level of challenge - but not to be underestimated. Would have been really hard had it been muddy: but we had perfect weather Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Doing laps was surprisingly pleasant but that 1st hill was not. In full: Good race. Pretty hilly but a lovely park when the weather is right. This has kicked off my cross-country season perfectly so will look out for it next year. Hills are hard but it was good having water on each lap and a loop with a mix of abilities means there is always someone just ahead to chase down keeps you going. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: Pleasure/pain. In full: Really good race as my first off road half marathon, a real challenge with those hills that didn't look too bad at first but were pure evil after a few laps. How anyone did the full marathon I don't know! I quite liked the lap system as it was ideal for pacing and you knew exactly where you were and what to expect. When we gathered at the start/finish area I felt that it could have been very chaotic with three races at once but it was organised very well and the marshalls updating you on laps if you asked them. Congratulations to everyone who ran and I'll definately see you next year if you enter. A medal and nice t-shirt qualifies as the best value race I've attended.
In short: Back again and loved it In full: This race is SO well organised- the BEST from my experience, it is such an achievement to complete it and I beat my time last year by 9 mins in the 1/2!!!!!!!!
Great: medal, t-shirt, choice of energy drinks, water in sports-cap bottles (great touch!), MUCH better than cups! jelly babies, christmas cake, supportive marshals, encouraging lap marshals/ time-keepers, scenery!
I have friends who race who say 'I couldn't do laps- too boring.' BUT you have the advantage of only having to go 1 mile before refreshments/ removing the extra layer and not having to take it round with you/ getting the support of your family at every lap/ knowing what is coming and counting those dreaded hills down/ picking up the dropped drink so you are hands-free for a mile or 2!
Do not knock it before you try it- you will find yourself coming back for more! I did!
Also this race supports Teach Africa, I've just checked out the website and there are ULTRAs on there- maybe one day......
In short: Not the best not the worst In full: Timing was a bit weird purely on gun times with a stop watch on your last lap - no chips. My mate who was doing the half marathon actually did a lap less than he should have done (as told he had done enough and to stop) so that part of the organisation not too hot. Wish they would give a medal for 10ks instead of tshirts. Was a little concerned about doing six loops which put me off doing the half marathon but in fact not too bad. Good atmosphere and introduction to off road running bit muddy in places. Date of review: October 26, 2009