In short: Great for first-time multi-day ultra runners In full: My first foray into the world of multi-day events and was excellent. Everyone very friendly and the accommodation etc. were more than adequate. Slow enough at the back. Organisation good but needs a few tweaks - understandable for an inaugural event of this undertaking. Many thanks to the brave marshalls, particularly on Day 3. Date of review: November 17, 2009
In short: 82 mile of hell - but a friendly, well-organised hell all the same! In full: I'd only ever run 2 marathons beofre and they were 9 years ago so entered this a bit aprehensively. This was a fantastically organised race and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I love how the organiser seemed to know almost everyone's name, and the checkpoints contained haribo, bananas, ebergy gels, sausage rolls and cake! What more can you want?! Date of review: November 14, 2009
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed my first foray into multi stage events In full: What a great weekend of running, chatting, eating & sleeping - all repeated 3 times over. Great route and fantastic organisation. Many thanks to the checkpoint volunteers for braving the cold and rain. Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Great friendly event and very encouraging to the slowbees, Lovely atmosphere. In full: A great inaugural event! Basic accomodation and food, but given the overall cost absolute bargain. Very friendly marshalling, just needs a bit of tweaking as regards recording runners through check points. Otherwise execellent. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: 3 days and 82 miles in the mud ! Fantastic, when can I do it again ! In full: My first multi day back to back ultra and it was a truly satisfying experience.
In terms of the race itself, the course was easy to follow as the Ridgeway is well marked and the countryside is beautiful when it wasn't so wet, windy and misty that you couldn't see it. The mileage seemed a bit long but that may have been the additional miles getting to and from the ridgeway start/finish each day. The checkpoints were a roeal boost and the marshalls were all superstars, especially on day three in the pouring rain and day one when it got dark. Each run was longer than a marathon and the deep mud, icey chalk and hills made then really tough, real XC running!
It was also my first 'sleep over' race and although trepidacious, actually really enjoyed it. Everyone was super frinedly, especially the Cardiff firemen (hi guys) and it was good to meet some of the forum folk and put faces to names !
Thanks to Neil for a fantastic, thoroughly enjoying race, and long weekend ! Date of review: November 8, 2009