In short: Cracking race - well worth the effort In full: My first Ultra, and very enjoyable. Beautiful scenery, well organised and very friendly. Wasn't feeling 100%, and felt it, but its hard not to be impressed with the views. Will be back again. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: This is a quality race with a splendid atmosphere. In full: Twelve minutes faster than last year, first sunburn of the year, the food at the end was delicious and the guy who was adamant he'd run 6 miles further than the marshals told him he had provided the laughs. Brilliant! Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: Perfect course - full of colour In full: What a great day - I had done the 20 miler a few years ago, but tried the 33 miler this time (first ultra).
Course is great - lots of variety, fantastic colours: running through the bluebell woods, the yellow of the oil seed rape, followed by green rolling hills. Course undulates but most of it was gentle and I found most of it quite runnable.
Stations are well spaced, full of goodies and friendly marshalls.
Route finding is quite easy so long as you read the instructions and don't daydream!
The only downside for me was the sun - got a little sunburnt, still takes my mind off the tried legs
Well done MRC - great event, will be back next year - need another mug for my collection
In short: my second time of running - a fabluous foray into beyond 26.2, glorious scenery, lovely marshalls, a real gem In full: second year running for me (my first ultra last year). Despite being not on top form, reminded me why I came back for more. Weather kinder this year. Bluebells, wild garlic and views - glorious. Marshalls and checkpoints are great as are the fellow competitors - always people to chat to. Have I sold it to you yet? Date of review: May 16, 2010
In short: My second attempt at an ultra and my first completion of an ultra. Well organised, friendly and excellant value. Couldn't ask for more. In full: I was impressed by the organisation and marshalls. It was a real joy to get to a checkpoint with such friendly marshalls who had plenty of water, squash, jelly babies and biscuits and works of encouragement. The few signs that were up to help with the map reading were in good places although I would have swapped a few whilst on the top of Cherhill. I was very close to last and by then in any other race marshalls can waine - not these support till the end and it was gratefully appreciated. Cut of time reasonable and was so grateful that there was some food left at the end which is so very important to stragglers like me still on their feet after 8hrs 30. Date of review: May 16, 2010