In short: Too much road for a trail event In full: Moved up to the marathon this year, having done the 30k for the last two. Too much road for a trail event, was wearing trail shoes, and would have been better off in road shoes. No problems navigating the course, well marked, and I particularly enjoyed the section through the Yew Woods. Second loop was not so good, especially section along A36 at Wilton. Plenty on water stations with friendly marshalls. Think I'll probably stick to the 30k on this event in the future. Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Another great race - fantastic organisation grats Ludo again!! In full: I have been doing this for a few years and remeber when it was mainly walkers with a handfull of runners. The race has now matured but still retains its freindly personable atmosphere, and where else can you find a great choice of distances and fantastic scenery. Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Like clockwork In full: Organisation is stupendous - park next to the start line. Number collection and baggage drop were quick, map and details were clear. I did the 50K -although the GPS sais it was shorter than that - still how can I complain when the start line appeared sooner than I had expected. No major hills, all are runable, the do on and one though. lots of undulations out there, keep the head down and don't think about. plenty of nutters on the course - check out tyregirl.com, and plenty of people using this as a training run - mad people.
Overall really enjoyed this one Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: A lot of events going on, so a big well done. In full: Yes, there could have been one or two more markers for those who don't now the area. But that is why they gave us maps! I cannot imagine what level of hard work goes into organising an event that has 10,20,30,42 and 50K runs all at the same time. Plus walks. A fantastic effort. My only let down was the public and tourists as you came through the town and past the cathedral, they just stood a gawped at you. As this is my home city i would have hoped they would have given all those who attended from afar a cheer. I apologise on behalf of them. But of course this was nothing to do with, and should not deract from, the efforts of all the organisers, marshalls and everyone who put themselves out to make yet another great day out for us runners. Thank you. Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Well organised, stunning scenery, well marked and friendly In full: A cracking race. This is the first trail run where I have not needed to refer to the map or directions - the marathon route was well marked and I loved the string section through the yew trees. I know a few people thought there should have been more markers, but that's part of how trail running works - you take a map and use it as backup when necessary.
Lots of water stations (you can never have too many in the heat) with jelly babies.
There was a lot of tarmac for a trail marathon, but it was mostly quiet country lanes and didn't detract from what was a a great course, with plenty of stunning scenery.
Its great to see such a wide choice of distances at one event and accepting both walkers and runners.
Well organised - hardly any toilet queues, easy parking couldn't be closer to the start and all the marshals / volunteers were friendly.
I'll definitely be back to run this again. Date of review: August 8, 2010
In short: just a few things missing In full: I did the 30k, its set in some very picturesque landscape but seemed to spend a lot of my time on tracks or roads with very high hedges so couldn't see much of it.
Where did the all the mile markers go, 1 to 10 were there, then just disappeared. Looks like it was just for the marathon course, would have been good to have them on all routes, maybe different colour for each route..
Was a lot of road for a trail run.
Could also have done with a bit more route marking. It was good in place, but in other non existent. Was long stretches without any signs, could have done with some red/white tape every now and again just to make sure you're on the right track.
In short: Excellet x-country run In full: Entered the 50k so a 8:45am start! Finished in 4hrs 42min. A very well organised event for a good cause. Plenty of friendly faces at the checkpoints. Plenty of quality checkpoints with food! Great map to go with the course and equally good sign posts. A fair few testing fields and hills. A good mix of road and off road. Excellent start and finish with use of the local leisure centre for showers. Well done to the fire brigade, the marshalls and st johns. Nice medal too. Will be back. Date of review: August 8, 2010
In short: Very well organised but far too hard for me on a hot day. In full: I ran the 20k but although I did not get lost it turned out to be nearer 22k. I was very disappointed with my time until I saw the results and it was obvious that most people found it as hard as I did.The only reason I have said I would not do it again is because at my age I found it very very tough. Date of review: August 8, 2010