In short: Sandy, wet, beautiful, tough and fun In full: I found this harder than the marathon I ran earlier this year (Brighton) but it's such an unusual event that it's worth the effort. The sense of running in a wide open space is amazing, splashng through puddles most of the way with a few waist deep river like stretches of sea to cross. It's tough to get a personal best although a few of my friends did. The water does make your trainers heavy and the salt will instantly rot them too, so old trainers are required because after this race they'll end up in the bin. Very well organised too, sign up you'll enjoy it. Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: Fantastic! In full: First time doing this race and it was excellent. Well organised from start to finish.A very unique race that is a must for everyone. I will definitely be doing it again. Date of review: July 26, 2011
In short: Great Day-A Race Out of the Norm and a must! In full: A great day and everything went like clockwork which was surprising for a run that on paper seems extraordinary hard to organise i.e. across the bay whilst the tide is out and start 1 hour away from finish (the organisers put free coaches on for you). Loved running through the water in parts and the beach was wet and hard so not difficult to run on. Not organised but topped my day off at the 8 mile mark getting a flying display by a spitfire/hurricane and Lancaster bomber, enjoyed the parachutes at the start as well! Great event and a must for all you runners out there!!!! Plenty of drink stations out to sea and goody bag, medal and pick of fruit at the end, I would say its good value for money. Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Great race, clockwork organisation In full: Loved this race, great views from far out on the sand also very eerie. Great atmosphere, crossing the water was fun and cooling. Will be back next year. Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Stunning! In full: What a great race. I'm a local but never done this race before, will be doing it again next year. Everything about this race was top notch from the people on the drink stations to the stunning views. All together best race i have done so far it will take some beating can't wait to do it again next year Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Highly Recommended In full: I entered this race as a result of the RW editorial on coastal runs and the glowing reviews it had received here. I'm so pleased that I did.
The organisation was excellent, everyone really friendly and helpful, smiling marshalls. The fact that its across the bay makes it unusual and then the surface varies from firm sand, splashing through surface water, softer dry sand then wading thigh deep across a river. (excellent opportunity to take a drink). Not too hard going though despite all of that.
Then when you look up it gets even better; to shore the view is of hills and coastline; in the distance the lead runners could be seen for miles and somewhere out there unseen the Irish Sea.
No doubt the good weather helped make the day, sunshine and blue skies all day. There was a helpful light tail wind of part (most?) of the way, which then turned to a cross wind and finally a head wind as the course changed direction across the sand finally disappearing for the last mile as we headed for the shoreline finish.
A good welcome at the finish too, with the usual fruit, medal, goody bag etc, but hot showers and tea too!
In short: Excellent - completely different to any other race I've taken part in. Rather surreal at times; wading through rivers and laughing at the madness of it all with fellow runners. The Tattenhall Harrier doing breast stroke made my day!! In full: Well worth the journey from County Durham. Thanks so much to all of the excellent volunteers who helped to make this such a great experience. Date of review: July 25, 2011