In short: Excellent event In full: Excellent idea for an event - something for most. Great organisation. Good venue. Millions of marshalls / volunteers and they were brilliant. The hills were worth going up for the views & the coming down was easy. The sun came out too. What more could we want...ooohh yes to moan about something...... To the couple of angry wangrys - so someone made a mistake - never made one? No-one died (or maybe they did going up them hills:-). Think we need to remember that without all the helpers who give up their own time we wouldn't get to do our events. It's meant to be a bit of fun...lighten up Date of review: November 29, 2010
In short: Has the potential to be a great race. In full: Thank you ETL team for organising a terrific event.
There were some issues already mentioned. Having done all three legs, i went the wrong way twice. It almost happened a third time but a marshall sent me the right way. For me this was a training run so i was actually pleased about the additional distance.
I'm sure these are just teething problems and could easily be rectified by having larger signs which display the appropriate leg number on turnings.
If you’re thinking about doing this race next year please don’t hesitate. The scenery is stunning, Denbies makes an excellent HQ, and the hills make you feel you’ve really achieved something.
I wish everyone who helped out on the day a big thank you for giving up your free time.
In short: Set to become a 'clasic' In full: A real challenging race in a perfect situation. Minor niggles aside, this has the makings of a classic race. Really friendly organisational team, great facilities, supportive marshals, goodies at the end and at the feed stations. It was thoughtful to provide 'iced water' just in case it was hot! ;-)
I'd thoroughly recommend it for next year when, I'm sure this year's teething troubles will be sorted. Date of review: November 29, 2010
In short: Stunning yet challenging In full: I intended this as a training run and it acted as very good training. For me it was nice not to have to race but to stop when I felt like it, look at the views and enjoy it. Yes the hills were challenging but they were also amazing once you reached the top. I have read other reviews re the Marshalls and can understand why runners at the front would be annoyed but then accidents do happen and this was the first time the race was run. The organisers of this race successfully organise many other fantastic events and I am sure this will be remedied. I cannot imagine them not apologising, they are just not like that. Whilst that may not be of any help to those affected it is a risk one takes in entering a new event. Also remember that the organisers and the marshalls give up their time to stage these events. I felt very angry on their behalf calling the marhsalls morons as I know many of the marshalls myself and they were kids, local runners and friends of the organisers. I am sure the organisers did everything possible to prevent this but it was one of those things.
I am sure this race will become a big annual local event with a good following. I did the 15 mile run myself but can also see the appeal of the relay!
Thanks to everyone!!! Date of review: November 29, 2010
In short: Hard but brilliant In full: Lovely run but cold start, brilliant views and being the slowest runner on the day I experienced none of the problems the front runners had. The marshalls were fantastic and encouraged me all the way around all 3 routes. They must have been frozen and cannot thank them enough. The steps were very hard but the down hill bits were fun. Travelled to do the race and will certainly be doing again. Thanks to ETL Team, another cracking race that can only go from strength to strength Date of review: November 29, 2010
In short: Thanks Adam In full: A very brave gesture to come back on and apologise, one which reflects the true person who I expect gives a lot back to the community from his passion for running.
Sometimes you need to step back a little - this wasn't your race, Adam's or your team's it was an event organised for the benefit of all who entered and took part.
Pity you made reference to the 'cold light of day' - It was -5 when my wife and i set off at 5am from London to get to Denbies to volunteer for this event, and didn't get much warmer for those marshals standing outside :)
In short: Awesome race - loved it! In full: The runners had it easy today -at least we were keeping warm (just!). I take my hat (& gloves) off to the fantastic marshalls who turned out on such a bitterly cold morning! Given this was the first time this race had been run, then I think one small mistake can be taken in context, not taken out of all proportion by a handful of small-minded individuals. Everyone I spoke to after the race was elated by whichever route they had taken - including some who had taken the unintentional detour. We all came away with beer or wine, chocolate & medal, plus satisfaction on completing a run with stunning scenery. Of course it's a bonus to win a race, but that's all it is.... the real value is just to be able to run with like-minded others in such a glorious setting. Without marshalls freely giving up their time (whatever the weather), and organisers brave enough to try something new, then the running world take a huge hit. Thank you ETL + ALL helpers. Date of review: November 28, 2010