In short: Rolling hills and cross country style course made this an excellent event In full: Excellent race. I was late to the registration and a marshal gave me a lift to the start! Above and beyond and all that. The course itself is very different to the normal road races I run and excellent fun. Date of review: September 15, 2011
In short: Hilly Muddy Adventurous playful 20 miler In full: 2nd year and will do it again lovely 20 miler which you do at your own pace it's great fun well organised be prepared to find your own way around though ;-). Hilly, Muddy, through woods great training run for Autumn Marathons. Great showers at end, Sandwiches and Cake thrown in. Well done Dunstable RR see you next year. Date of review: September 13, 2011
In short: Excellent value for money again in Dunstable In full: Did the full marathon distance at this underrated fantastic value for money event. When you pays your money you know that its gonna be a course that has no markings but as its called a challenge thats exactly what you get a challenge. Considering there are events out there at more than in some cases 4 times the cost you still get enough checkpoints with all the necessary stuff you need, water, jelly babies etc. It is a little hilly in places but once you've done a few on the circuit like the South Downs and Beachy Head then Dunstable is very manageable and very beautiful and scenic. I'll be back. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Not to be entered into lightly! In full: Not the easiest place to find and with no warning of the distance from HQ to the start we would undoubtedly have been late starters were is not for the very kind marshall who gave us a lift to the start ..thank you. He warned us that the start was rather hilly but that it flattened out for the next 7 miles or so and then he went a bit vague...and rightly so because flat does not readily spring to mind when I relive the race! Those first few miles were as hideous as expected although the scenery spectacular .The marshalls were lovely and at no time did i get that sense of rush and urgency that so often accompanies road races..the chocolate and jelly babies very welcome although one more station would have been welcomed.What spoilt the race for me was not getting lost twice, nor was it the strong winds and rain that accompanied my last 4 miles..it was the finish...an overlong trek along a sparsely populated footpath, yet another trudge across a ploughed field and then the dreaded school field ( thank god we didn't have to run round it) to be greeted reluctantly by the finishing team who came out from behind their umbrellas /trees without so much as a cheer or smile to give us our mugs ( not that I don't sympathise with them...I am sure I would have found it hard to be enthusiastic in that weather after so many hours waiting but it would have been nice). As for the mug...well..it would have been a more welcome sight had it been filled with hot sweet tea....but, the food at the end looked plentiful and was no doubt much appreciated by those that had some and the showers were excellent . Not sure i would do it again as I am not a hill runner but I do have good memories and it certainly a race to be done even if it is only the once. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Extremely enjoyable, excellent organisation. In full: This was a truly excellent introduction to marathon running and to orienteering (I have not done either before) with 27.4 miles of hills, mud, woodland and generally stunningly beautiful scenery. The organisation was faultless, the marshals friendly and the home made cakes and sandwiches at the end a nice and very welcome surprise. The Friendly atmosphere more than compensated for getting lost a couple of times in the woodland sections. Only problem is that I will have to do a road marathon now just to see how fast I can go in an ‘ordinary’ race. Well done and thank you to Dunstable Road Runners.
In short: Not for the faint hearted but a stunning race expertly organised In full: Lovely self navigated trail race over the Dunstable Downs countryside. It was very off road in places and the navigation aspect makes it a race for the brave however the organisation was faultless. Route directions were good but don't expect a PB. Thanks to the marshalls who were cheerful and kept us in a ready supply of jelly babies. Good tea and cake at the end. A budget race but done by the experts. I will be back next year. Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Ooo those hills, but the view - stunning! In full: A wonderful event, super friendly and challenging, will be back next year with stronger legs and better direction reading skills! Excellent marshalls, very encouraging -massive thanks to the organisers. Free rolls, cake and tea at the finish, what more can you ask for?! Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: A great race for scenery In full: This has to be one of the best races I've done for scenery.
The navigation instructions were excellent,and hall big enough to accomodate all which was good for pre race faffing but guidance and warning of the start as it's a 20 minute walk from HQ would be more helpful. However, everyone was friendly and the cake and rolls at the end very scrummy. Top race.