In short: One of the True Greats: a really inspiring and challenging off-road ultra. Organisation was great, weather in '09 was glorious (though in '08 it was,er, challenging!). Great organisation and ever-friendly vibe Date of review: January 26, 2010
In short: Excellent race - but don't attempt unless you are reasonably confident of completing within the 13 hour deadline In full: This is one of my favourite races. A real challenge to navigate your way from London to Brighton. It is not for the faint hearted and some of the navigation was incredibly difficult (as woodland often is!).
The support at the checkpoints and from fellow runners was great.
My only criticism (sadly a very sriuous one) was the lack of concern /care for late runners.
We only just got inside the 13 hour time limit, but several runners who we'd run with during the day were left out on the course and the organisers gave the impression that it was not their problem. Any organisers have a duty of care to all of the people running their race and this was sadly lacking at the finish. Perhaps they should be stricter on enforcing the cut-off points. It wasn't helped by the fact that the last leg was longer than advertised.
I know it was a very long day for everyone involved in organising the event and I greatly appreciate the effort and thank you all for that.
You have a great race but please think again about your management of late finishers. Date of review: September 23, 2009
In short: Superb and seriously enjoyable but challenging course In full: Extreme running did a superb job pulling this race together and as long as you do a bit of preparation on map reading and get involved in the supportive atmosphere all around you, a great day can be had and one that can potentially mark as the highlight of your running ambitions! Stunning and beautiful countryside and very helpful caring and encouraging marshalling throughout!! Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Great day and will be back next year without a doubt! In full: Just the odd gripe about a good day. Could have done with a 2 minute warning to the start, I had previsouly been told the start would be delayed by 15 minutes by a marshall at the start. So standing in my tracksuit bottoms and jumper I was a bit shocked to hear a 5 second countdown! Only other gripe was the shingle at the end.
This could not detract from a great race with great organisation. I can sum it up with this, it took me 13hrs 15mins, I was hurting from 13 miles out,I had to take Monday and Tuesday off work as I couldn't climb stairs and I get the train. On Sunday night and Monday my wife had to lift my legs for me to get into bed. But I will be back next year without a doubt and am looking forward to it already!!!! Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Tough but excellent and rewarding event In full: After failing to finish last year (2008) was determined to come back and get the medal this time around.
Organisation was good, map books were OK, staff at check-points were encouraging and supportive.
It was clear from our experiences last year that a major part of the challenge would be navigating our way, and although we had run the final 20 miles in training and knew that part of the run, of course we went wrong on the earlier sections and lost a fair bit of time and added some extra miles getting back on track.
My only gripe would be the availability of food at the CPs - fortunately we had a supporter so were able to stock up in between, but as one of runners towards the back of the pack there was very little food available as we went through the CPs.
Congratulations to all who finished the race, in whatever time and state!
Well done also to the organisers for putting on a tough and rewarding run which seemed to run more smoothly than last year. Many thanks for staying around & supporting those of us who finished after the 'official' 13 hour cutoff time. Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Tough (very tough) but very satisfying race In full: My first ultra but not first trail run and it was tough. The course was great going with some excellent scenery and some very tough hills. The map book provided was acurate (OS maps with course highlighted) so navigation errors could only be blamed on one's self. Other competitors were friendly and running in various packs made it enjoyable.
The finish location was a slight let-down although I heard the organisers of the WhiteAir festival made them move the finish to its location. I guess a 90km off road run wasn't extreme enough for them :-) Date of review: September 22, 2009