In short: Excellent first time ultra In full: Another great race from the ultrarace team, thanks Jen and Rory. The route follows the canal the whole way with a couple of detours off where it is poss to go wrong/get confused but there were stickers put out. I made a couple of minor detours but no more than 100m at a time before realising I was wrong and I am the worse navigator. I wore trail shoes on day 1 as I wasnt sure how it would be. It was muddy in places but not deep and puddles could be tip-toed around so no wet feet at the end. I wore road shoes day2 as I wanted a new pair and more cushioning, they were equally as suitable.
There were 4 checkpoints with water, flapjacks, winegums and 9bars so no need to carry too much.
Excellent organisation and a good race to do as a first ultra due to it being flat and not much navigating needed. You had to keep your eye on bridge numbers to make sure you crossed at the right place. I got that wrong as well and had to climb over a lock!!
A good mix of speeds including some walkers so you dont need to worry about being at the back!
I will def be back next year! Date of review: January 24, 2011