In short: Unbelievably tough - but equally rewarding In full: Orders of magnitude more challenging than any other race I have done - gradient playback on my Garmin quite horrifying afterwards. But what a sense of achievement afterwards! Fabulous cameraderie from the other runners and generous support to all from their friends-and-relations and the official helpers. Date of review: January 26, 2008
In short: One of the best organised road races on the calendar. In full: Tough challenge but a great day out on the moors - great marshalls and organisation and being on a Saturday a great evening can be had socialising.Any beer drinkers need to try "Jail Ale" - brewed in Princetown ! Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: If any organisers need a model - go to Dartmoor - us runners out on the course were well looked after, great marshalls and encouragement - great event - its the 10th next year - enter early as it will be full ! Date of review: June 26, 2007
In short: Wonderful Ultra In full: No hiding place on this one - its as it says -though its great next challenge after running a marathon - lots of hills - fantastic scenery - with great support from all the marshalls - do not forget the post race disco ! Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Enjoyed it from the start to the finish. One for my race calendar. In full: Great support from the marshalls and public along the way. I particularly liked the way the marshalls personalised their encouragement (they matched runners numbers against names on the entry list). I knew it would be hilly but was still surprised by the steepness of some of them. The weather was perfect - guess it would have been a real struggle in the wind and rain that had been forecast. Thanks very much to the organisers and helpers. Date of review: June 14, 2007
In short: Classic Ultra - a must-do race! In full: Superb organisation, the best scenery, supporters, marshalls etc are out of this world. One of the most enjoyable races ever. Top-notch momento, killer ups and downs but one hell of a ride. Date of review: June 5, 2007
In short: Could be the race of the year In full: This is the second time I have ran this race. 2006 was hot and for various reasons I wasn't as prepared for this race as well as I should have been - but I was this year.
Here is my take on the various distinguishing points about this race.
Hills. Its Dartmoor and so there are hills!! The route descends into Asburton before climbing back up to the centre of Dartmoor, and there are descents (and therefore ascents) on the way to little villages nestled in the valleys. If you dont like hills dont do this race! However, they do add to the challenge, and seemed to be a bit easier this time!
Scenery. You will find it harder to beat the views. There are moorland views, tors, valleys woods and villages. This year there was mist clouding some of the tors that just added to the atmosphere.
Atmosphere. The support is amazing. Some runners have support teams and after the first 10 miles you start recognising them all and waving each time you pass them. There are other people on bikes offering drinks and snacks, now thats something you dont get in the FLM!!
Challenge. its only 6 miles more than a marathon, but as most finishers would say it takes about half again as long, and is at least half again as hard! Enter this race and you wont regret it.
Bad points. If anyone can think of any please let me know. Date of review: June 5, 2007
In short: excellent introduction to ultra In full: my first attempt at more than 26.2 miles, and what a glorious day it was. Perfect weather, fantastic scenery, and really good support and conversation from all the other runners. Well done to the marshals and organisers for making this such a memorable and fantastic event. Dartmoor is beautiful. Date of review: June 4, 2007