In short: Supberly organised toughie! In full: Hot and hilly with brilliant route markings in beautiful countryside, (millions of poppies and daisies) and the friendliest of people to marshall and hand out plenty of drinks, sponges and jelly babies. (Are there any jelly babies left in the shops?)Then you get free t-shirt, bananas, bottles of water (not just a mug), free cakes and buns plus a chance to cool off in the swimming pool. What a bargain. Must be one of the best organised runs in the country. This is the third year I've run it since 2003 and it has always been this way. Congratulations to I+I....see you in September for a shorter one! Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: Great race. Tough & hot but worth it. In full: Organisation was extraordinary with the entire route marked, distance markers every Km, jelly babies, water, sponges, great marshals, free cakes at the finish. Fantastic! Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: Difficult but great fun In full: I found this race soooooooooo hard. I was prepared for it and knew what to expect but it was still tough. The organisation was perfect and the Marshalls were absolutely fantastic, I had a conversation with just about every one and they were all so supportive and cheery. Well done to all who were involved with orgainsising this race, you did a brilliant job. Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: From start to finish - friendly, beautiful, hard, hot and very much an event not to be missed! In full: I've always seen this in the Runner's World calander and high up in the rankings as a tough race, so never touched it until today...and I have absolutely no regrets. The whole event, from under the purple start line, through the hills of poppies and jelly babies to the great t-shirt, mince pies and BBQ at the end, was brilliant. My legs are now seriously hurting, but well worth the pain. A fantastic event and a must-do once (if not more) in a lifetime!!! Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: Fantastic experience In full: I am more or less a beginner (2nd race) and although most runners were from clubs I didn't feel out of place at all. The many marshals were all great, everything was very well organised. Good value for money with bananas and home-made cake as well as t-shirts at the end, plus a free dip in the swimming pool (did anyone else try the flumes, I preferred the red one). Water stations every 5km, with sponges as well as drinking water, helped to cope with the heat. Beautiful weather and spectacular scenery made this a special day. Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: Fourth consecutive NDR and the perfect event for me. In full: This event is tough but very rewarding. The hot sunny weather (25 C+) showed off the course scenery but conspired to get the runners a big test.
The course is expertly marked and marshaled. I've never seen so many marshals and there was no possibility of going off-route. The marshals were great - very friendly, chatty, and enthusiastic - most had a good opportunity to top-up their sun-tans!
The route is almost entirely offroad, the hills were enough to force you to walk up some, and the wreckless downhills made me fill like a runnaway train! Thankfully, there were any parts of the course shettered, and it was good to get out of the way of the unforgiving sun.
Good quality t-shirt, and free refreshments at the finish - including home-made flap-jacks to die-for. Cascades Centre had good facilities including showers and swimming-pool (free to runners) to revitalise before the journey home.
This really is a first class event, even down to the cheeky sign at 24km "tired yet?"!, and the written message across the tarmac as you approached the last difficult hill at 26km "OUCH"!!Definately brought a smile and helped give me a lift for a final dash. There was a final sign as you were leaving the car park to thank you for supporting the event!
Thanks again to everyone involved in staging one of my favourite events of the year - will be back next year! Date of review: June 10, 2007