In short: best event on the race calendar In full: great atmosphere, really supportive runners, extremely challenging course (my legs are still aching!), superbly organised, great finishers pack including an amazing medal..what more can I say other than do it next year, I certainly will be. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: One for the diary for 2008 to do again. In full: A fantastic event as ever with some great touches (piper, post-race picnic, t-shirt with all runners' names). Thanks Dr Rob for putting on another terrific event. Did anyone mention the hills and steps ....? Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Deserves it's reputation (as a great & tough race) In full: My first time at this race and hopefully not the last. Despite the rain at the beginning,everything about the race made it stand out, organisation, friendliness, support, piper on top of the hill, killer hill start.....If you like a challenge over more 'normal' HM's, this is the beast. I couldn't comprehend before the race what 3000 ft of ascent would be like, but now I do. Initially disappointed to be walking the first set of steps I came to but after a while you realise there's no other way to do it. I kept some in reserve for the second half and although my calves cramped for the last half mile, I made a magnificent downhill sprint at the end, and felt really good. Pleased with 2-18 but aching a little today though! Marathoners were awesome - I overtook one guy on the return leg after a struggle up hill only to realise he was the marathon leader (& eventual winner) - did both circuits quicker than me. Respect. Only minor criticism was on the way back, with a more spread out field, I took two wrong turnings and had to be put right but that's no big deal and a minor detail. A big thanks to all the cheery organisers and fellow 'runners' helping to encourage one another on. Hope to see you all next year. Oh, and the T-shirt (sized), shoe bag and paperweight were great, as was the food at the end. Although expensive to enter, you do get your moneys worth & then some. Well done Dr. Rob et al. Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Great race. Challenging so therefore rewarding. In full: Out and back means you see many runners coming towards you no matter where you are in the field. Fantastic. Great camaraderie and very enjoyable. It is tough so the rewards are great. Piper at the beginning and half way - nice. Goodie bag was brilliant. T shirt with all entrants names on the back and shoe bag and paperweight with plaque. Does it get any better?
Do this race. Just do it.
Very well done to Dr Rob and thank you to all my comrades whose names I wear with pride . Date of review: June 23, 2007