In short: Great laugh - will certainly do it again next year In full: I'm still sloshing bits of Morecambe Bay out of assorted orifices nearly 2 weeks on ! It was a laugh trotting round in groups like Antarctic penguins trying to keep out of the wind. I didn't realise we'd been turned round until the last few minutes. That said I had my eyes closed for much of the last half thanks to the sandblasting. My skin is now nice and soft though! Credit to the organisers for sorting out the changes & transport at very short notice. Only niggle which is easily sorted for next year was that the guys at the finish didn't seem to know what was going on which made meeting family a bit tough. Date of review: August 21, 2008
In short: Fantastic! In full: Distance run was approx 10.74miles according to one chap's GPS. What an experience -never run in sandblasting 30mph headwinds before. Even the lead tractor broke down at the end. Cannot wait for next year's event. 10/10.See link to see 'Human Guinea Pig' tv broadcasts of race coverage & post race explanation about conditions. http://www.itvlocal.com/central/ Date of review: August 15, 2008
In short: Sand, sand and sea In full: 96% average score for scenery? All I saw, through eyes squinted against the sandstorm, was sand, sand and, er, more sand. I loved it. Just the right side of utter madness. And well enough organised to get us there, back ... and there again, back where we started.
I don't suppose there are any sort of results? Would be interesting to know the range of times and how long it took most people to get some idea of how 1hr48 compares.
Hope to be back next year. Date of review: August 15, 2008
In short: you've got to try this - it's mental In full: well we didn't cross the bay due i guess to extreme weather that made the river kent too deep. this is a cracking event with a really unique feel. after being diverted the last 5 miles was into a strong wind i'd put down to about 40mph. a good sandblasting ensued and a first for me, slip-streaming! I struggled away by myself in the wind only to find myself caught by a group who were clearly acting as windbreaks for each other. The "peleton" went past me and I tagged on. At it's peak it had nearly 40 runners all running in a tight formation to try and beat the wind. Bizarre and in a strange way, very uplifting. In some ways the re-routing of the race was a success but there was, for my money, a lack of marshalls in the bay mean't that there was no one to tell us what was happening. There was a very confusing end to the race. However, I don't want to be ungrateful and would urge the orgnaisers to continue. Even with the confusion it was a very memorable day out. I'll definitely be back in 2009. Date of review: August 13, 2008
In short: Great scenery and good fun In full: First five miles I was flying and wondering why I had been nervous. However turning around to get sandblasted for the remainder of the run was a shocker.Might do next years but will have to see if I've got all the sand off me first! Date of review: August 13, 2008
In short: Great - despite the weather challenges In full: Well done to organisers for putting safety first, reorgansing route and getting me home safely. Glorious scenery, enjoyed the water obstacles and will definitely do next year. Date of review: August 12, 2008
In short: Exhilerating! Hard work into the wind, that's for sure.Disappointing that the elements beat us In full: Such a shame that we were unable to cross the bay. However,all credit needs to go to the organisers & Alan Sledmore (the Bay Guide) & his team as safety was paramount. We obviously had the green light to start but I presume all the recent rain caused the River Kent to swell more than expected, hence the need to turn back. Now that was hard - running into a strong wind & getting a good sandblasting. Date of review: August 12, 2008
In short: crossing the bay with the wind behind me was great even though got wetter than i imagined, facing the wind, sand and regular water dips after being turned around.... ouch!! enjoyed it though and count me in for next year. Date of review: August 11, 2008
In short: Stunning scenery and totally unique experience , despite the weather. In full: I absolutely loved it despite the wind and the late changes the weather imposed. Credit to the organisers for being 'quick on their feet' and reorganising the transport. My only criticism was the lack of water at the finish. All in all a great day. Date of review: August 11, 2008
In short: Wind - what wind..! In full: This years race was somewhat spoilt by the ferocious weather - serious winds were tough enough, however picking up the sand and throwing it into your face made it pretty hard going.! The poor weather also meant that the race had to be turned back to the start and finish after about 10.5 miles. However this is still a fantastic race and a great cause. I've got to congratulate the organisors who firstly still managed to put on a race in such poor conditions. Also managed to sort out the transport back to the start at what must have been virtually no notice at all. I still had a grate day and will be back next year for more. Dont listed to anyone who criticised this one - give it a go you wont regret it.! Date of review: August 11, 2008