In short: Fantastic and In full: An absolutely brilliant setting with a course which was obtuse enough to make you think. Great refreshments and organisation. This event is what amateur running is all about in my opinion. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: Tough but great organisation In full: Really enjoyed this. More fun than a normal race with the navigation challenge. SOme of the terrain was tough with ploughed fields and very stony paths to go with the windey routes through woods with roots. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: Good race, definitely a challenge, great for marathon training In full: Well organised small and friendly event. Quite easy to get lost on the course but I removed the need to struggle with maps and directions by sticking close to some dunstable runners. Very dry underfoot in places and one tricky stretch of some testing loose flint to negotiate Overall a good event and the tea and grub at the finish was well appreciated. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: A beaut ! In full: My second time and I'll be back next year. Hard mud and flints made some parts testing. Glorious scenery & perfect weather. Still got lost but in different places to last year! Good map made finding where you were easier. Nice to be in a race where time & position is not everything. Free food is better than a T-shirt or medal in my book. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: An event to enjoy as a challenge rather than a race In full: Lovely scenery, great route, friendly atmosphere, good marshalling, excellent facilities at the finish and plenty of tea. Pretty easy to get lost or break your neck on a flinty path but that's all part of the challenge! Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: Friendly Challenge through lovely countryside. In full: This was my first 20 miler. I loved the relaxed friendly atmosphere of this challenge. We were so lucky that it was perfect running weather with fantastic clear views. The relief of seeing the stunning view from the top of the downs again at mile 19 was the highlight for me. I did check out the route before the day which made everything so much easier and enjoyable. Super certificate with the route and finishing time printed on - much better than a medal I think. Thank you Dunstable Road Runners for a brilliant day. Date of review: September 17, 2007
In short: Great day out on the Downs. In full: I've never run off-road before. 20 miles with a map and hopefully someone in front to follow makes for a really interesting day out. Thanks to everyone who I followed or who shouted at me when I went wrong. I found it really difficult to understand the directions - all my energy being directed to my legs and not my brain! I think I would have been in dire straits if I'd been on my own. I kept missing even the more obvious route indicators. (D'oh).
The track with the flint stones was treacherous and I'll have to get better off-road shoes for next year, but apart from that, a really good training run for an autumn marathon. Excellent opportunity to get some hill-work in.
The water stations were well stocked (yum) and the marshalls were really encouraging and enthusiastic.
Beautiful scenery when I remembered to look up and fab weather today too. I can imagine it's a much tougher prospect if the weather is poor!
I'd definitely give it another go, but may opt for the 10 miler if I'm not building up to a marathon. It's hard to voluntarily put your body through that, although I feel great now - 7 hours later. Much better run than those boring road races with all their mile markers and arrows, no sense of adventure at those events! Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Great experience. Wonderful scenery. Best ever race. In full: Fantastic race, run through some beautiful countryside. Well organised and required a bit of "working out" along the way, but enough clues and markers to reassure runners they were on the right track.
Thanks to all the organisers and marshalls. A nice touch with the Mars bars and jelly babies at the checkpoints.
Good idea not to have a T-shirt/medal and keep the cost down instead.
Best race I've ever done - and I've done a few! Date of review: September 16, 2007