In short: Fantastic 28 mile trail marathon!! In full: Did the full marathon again and this year it started from the football club so was in fact nearer 28 miles but as far as I'm concerned every mile on this course is great. It was too hot for getting anywhere near a PB as this was my 3rd time over this course but it was so hot that it was harder work than normal. Got very dehydrated for last 10 miles and so should have taken more water with me for the run. Great revamp of the football club and facilities there now. Once again this has to be one of the best value marathons anywhere and I'll be back. One thing I would like to see in the future is a medal or what ever we get to finish that distinguishes between whether we done the full, half or 20 as we all got the same buff. Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Excellent course, but one for the prepared. Its a challenge trail race! In full: Well I was told it would be hard but what with the very hot conditions yesterday I found this a tough going. I am used to running off road but this was hardwork. However reflecting on it the day after I did really enjoy this and its a very well organised race with directions, map and a garmin route to download. Don't go out expecting a road race this is a race you have to navigate and carry water,gels etc to get you round. I was suprised after crossing the line to be offered a choice of memento, buff or mug given it only cost £9 to enter. Hot showers were welcome. I believe there was free food and drink as well but I had to go given I was 1hr 15mins outside of my PB time for road! This is great race just, go out enjoy it but and don't worry about your time. Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Gorgeous trail race through wonderful and varied scenery In full: A big thanks to the organisers. This is my second time on the half marathon course. A very very friendly bunch of people at race HQ. (race HQ is excellent by the way) Maybe because it is off road, largely unmarked and definitely not suitable for a PB, my fellow runners were also extremely friendly and I chatted to more people on the course than I ever have at any race before. No problems with getting lost on route thanks to the course being uploaded on my Garmin
The downs themselves are of course beautiful but it was the range of terrain and scenery that made it very special.
It was hard as nails today due to the 25C+ temperature. Only potential improvement would be more water stations... only 2 on a half marathon course in this heat was an issue, though to be fair it was clear on pre-race instructions that this was the case so I should have brought more liquid with me.
A great race, thank you! Date of review: September 9, 2012