In short: Very well organised race - good course In full: Did this race last year did a PB. Forgot about the hill at 8-9 miles - very challenging. Well organised - friendly marshalls. Shame about slow runners starting at front and causing problems - again!. All in all a good race - another PB. Would recommend. Will definately do it again. Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: Splendid run over some hills on the L'Isle d'Blanc In full: To say this race is "undulating" would be like calling Osama Bin Laden a little troublesome! This is a serious course which starts as it means to go on - starting at sea level, you climb 50m to the first mile-marker, then back to sea level when you see "Mile 2". Mile 3 is up to 40m, Mile 4 back down again, etc etc. The hills aren't huge, but your cumulative vertical climb for the race is well over 200m.
I found the hills to actually be a nice challenge though - just the right distance to push hard without being too tiresome. Just watch for that climb after the 8 mile mark - that's the one you really notice! You're rewarded with a fast charge back to the finish, with terrific views of the Solent, sandy beaches and the South Downs on the mainland.
This is a great race which I'd highly recommend. And how many other people can say they've travelled to their race on a hovercraft?
PS These comments relate to the Ryde 10 miles race, despite the title! Date of review: January 28, 2007