In short: Once again RHAC put on a brilliant event despite the grotty weather In full: this was my first ultra and ive now run it on 3 consecutive years. Mixed scenery from industrial areas which arent the most scenic to rolling fields which are. The best things about this race are: Warm welcome from the organisers, marashalls etc; Exceptional organisation of the event and the wonderful value for money. I will be back again in spite of the incredibly tough conditions experienced...apparantly they have ordered good weather for next year!!! Date of review: December 14, 2007
In short: First ultra I've done-fanstastic organisation and fantastic marshalls In full: Weather was awful, windy, cold and every field seemed to be ankle deep in mud but to be honest it didn't matter. A fantastically organised event, friendly marshalls for the full 50 miles and everyone helping each other to get the finish. I'd recomend this to anyone, a brilliant experience. Now if only I hadn't tripped up 1\4 mile from the finish I have broken 10hrs....perhaps next year! Date of review: December 10, 2007
In short: Epic in every sense of the word. "challenge" is an understatement. It was a killer - when can I enter for next year?! In full: 25 anniversary event in 2007. Route is majority off road, which is OK in the cold and dry, but needs serious respect when it has been monsoon conditions for a week. It was wild, it was tough as nails, it was a slog, and it gets you to the best bits of Rotherham (damned with faint praise!).
An event this long will always be special, and this 25th event was no exception. Organisers are fabulous, and the helpers were stalwarts - out in the wild conditions for many many hours. At least we had the exercise to keep us warm. Be very careful with this event. The cutoff is generous for total time to finish, but that doesn't mean you should approach it half-heartedly. It can be a lot harder than a road 50, and this year it certainly was. Many miles through ploughed fields in deep gloop and slidey mud. Date of review: December 9, 2007
In short: Very tough in the conditions. In full: Difficult race to judge. Really well organised for such a huge course and the marshalls and checkpointers did a fantastic job on a truly lousy day.Thank you. Did I enjoy it? Not as much as I had hoped - some lovely parts to the course. Other parts are dreadful (stage 2) and others you can't see cos its dark.Glad Ive done it - but possibly a one off! Date of review: December 9, 2007