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
In short: good course very hard hills well worth doing as long as you dont want a pb In full: i thought it was well organised the marshals and atmosphere were great and well organised apart from a glitch with lap counting and times(probably caused by 10k and 1/2 marathon people going through the marathon funnel on the first lap)i know at least 2 runners around my time did an extra lap Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: 26 laps, 52 hills... In full: A superb, undulating course, mostly grassy fields. Its tough though - I don't remember many (any?) flat sections and there weren't many people running up the first hill, and the second hill into the headwind was hard going.
A big thankyou to all the organisers and spectators - all that encouragement really helps!
A great race, one I'd definitely run again and recommend to anyone, especially as you can opt for a half or a 10k on the same course. And a medal and tshirt at the end. Date of review: October 25, 2009