In short: Yet another testing trail run In full: Am new to trail running and the Coastal Trail Series has given me the bug - very well organised. Very friendly atmosphere and accomodating for new runners. Date of review: January 29, 2009
In short: Makes road marathons obselete In full: Well done Endurancelife! A varied, challenging and beautiful marathon. I loved it. Nice people - especially the marshals and organisers. Really good value considering how special this was compared to something like the Duchy Marathon (round the industrial estates of Redruth, though I'm afraid the "Exe to the Axe" 20 mile fell run remains the greatest of all UK endurance runs imho. Date of review: January 26, 2009
In short: An unforgettable trail-running experience. In full: Wow! If this is the easiest of the Endurancelife Coatal series, I dread to think how hard the others are!
A few tough hills early on on the 2-lap marathon brought on my problems with vertigo, but I then had worries on the steep rock-strewned descents! I tackled these more confidently on the second lap when I knew what was ahead. My worries shifted to the 1.5 miles loose pebbles along the ridge of Chesil Beach - the second time around I had to walk the whole stretch as to run was counter-productive as your strength was sapped and I seemed to be able to walk faster anyway!
The scenery was glorious, and the weather was perfect - dry, sunny, clear and negligable wind. The difficulty was forgotten as I look back on one of my most memorable marathons.
Marshals were well placed and encouraging, the sign-posting was clear and easy to follow (commendable on a twisty and intricate course), pockets of vocal support, and a really friendly bunch of runners (lots of chatting and encouragement).
Good value with dog-tag momento, t-shirt, free hot meal,complimentry milkshake, a nd hot showers to revive.
A hard but rewarding run. See you all at South Devon and thanks to all the Endurancelife team Date of review: January 25, 2009