In short: Best race i've taken part in In full: Great big sand dune to welcome you, great atmosphere. Lots of encouragement from the marshalls. Definately back next year Date of review: January 3, 2006
In short: Woo! You get to bulid a sand castle with the contents of your shoe! In full: After running it for the 1st time last year, I thought never again. 5mins after I finished it I thought 'Right, that's me here next year!'.
Magnificent race, fantastic scenery, wonderful organising, great support, excellent value for money (t-shirt, pud & soup). Well done Brackla Harriers!
Absolutely knackering, but a great challenge for anyone.
And yes I did have enough sand on my shoes to make a lovely little sandcastle when I got home..
Here's to the Xmas Pud 2006 - already in my diary! Date of review: December 31, 2005
In short: Didn't know sand dunes could be vertical! In full: Would definately have benefitted from km markers on the course and maybe water half way round. However the marshalls were really, really good. They cheered and encouraged all the way through which was a great help. Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: need a big tree to wee behind In full: Is this one of your all-time favourite races? only done one other 'race' I dont race I like to talk to anyone and look at the views :-) Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: PB Who cares! In full: After scrambling to the top of the dune the bottle neck for me was welcome! Just a great day out. Sorry to those i splashed as I came charging thorugh to finsh! T-shirt, pud and soup. Bargin!
In short: Perfect pre-Christmas race In full: My first time for this race. I found its to be one of the most relaxed and friendly races I have done. Must admit I secretly enjoyed the "bottleneck breather" at the start of the course as it was more than possible to make up for it in the later stages.
Good organisation, soup, rolls, T shirt and Xmas pudding (choice of soup & pud). Probably one of the best value races around. Well done Brackla! Date of review: December 20, 2005
In short: big sand dune, big puddles, loads of fun In full: A fab race!!! Great atmosphere, loads of support, great marshalls and organisation. Couldn't run all the way up the sand dune and then got stuck at the top, which was frustrating!! Loved the puddles at the end (sorry to the girl who was trying to tiptoe through - I splashed her a bit!!!). Definately back again next year. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Two tough hills, three water splashes - but the rewards are worth it! In full: Think I'll review/explain my scores for this one:
Scenery - top marks for the terrifying view from the start line! PB Potential - is it physically possible to run all the way to the top of the dune? I got about 3/4 of the way before succumbing as my 'running' involved being passed by those sensible enough to walk! Atmosphere - I knew Santa is magic, but quite how he got round the course so quickly to marshall the route, I'll never know! Lots of (much needed) encouragement, and even some Christmas tunes at one point. Organisation - no real problems. Maybe the only comment could be that it was difficult to get through the crowds hanging around the finish line in order to get water (I think as the crowds grew, people started to miss the water table completely). I would suggest some attempt should be made to move finishers away from the line/water? Value - top notch! A very decent Christmas pud, T-shirt and choice of soup. I was happy just to take home some sand in my shoes (and the blisters that caused). Beginner-friendliness - great camaraderie on the course and good support from the sidelines. A tough race, but definitely leaves a feeling of achievement! There's even a chance to rest at the bottleneck. Overall - top top race. My first attempt and I'll definitely be back (even if generally I hate off-road races and I had a bad race personally, fading dramatically in the last mile such that half my team mates overtook).