In short: Mud glorious mud..... And bread pudding In full: Well after all the rain it was bound to be muddy and indeed it was. I won't repeat what has already been said by others regarding following the directions that are given to you. It is after all a marathon challenge but I found there was a good atmosphere between runners and walkers with everyone being helpful. I didn't get too lost over the 26.5 miles that I ran.
The mud was energy sapping and I like everyone else was caked in mud but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend. The route is very scenic and took me to places in the countryside I would never normally go. Thankfully the sun was out. Thanks to the organisers and the bread pudding and drinks at the checkpoints. Well done FVS and maybe see you next year... If my body can handle Date of review: July 18, 2012
In short: Great fun, though do expect to bring your left and right brain to the race In full: I was lost for an hour, though I really have myself to blame. As it's my very first marathon, I really hoped I would've chosen something easier. At least something that I could really test my speed and enjoy the endurance bit. NOT the frustration of not knowing where to go... I really hope there will be markers along the way.
But if I were ever lost during a marathon, I hope it would be this one, because the scenery was just amazing! The "extra miles" were probably worth it in that sense. Also, the organizers and other participants were extremely kind and nice. It's not exactly an intense atmosphere, most people were there to just have a good Sunday out in the fields. Mostly walk/run.
Word of advice, find someone who runs at the same speed as you do, seems to belong to their running club, and just follow him/her. Date of review: July 17, 2012
In short: hard work but worth it In full: cracking scenery and challenging in places, the first 18 miles sailed by for me, probably due to navigating. i think my brain went a bit mushy after that and I had to really pay attention to the directions.
Overall, a highly recommended race and one that you should definitely look to try out Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Loved it - the marshals, organisers and event was excellent. Really fun and encouraging. In full: This was my third ultra (in as many months) and my first on my own. The instructions were really clear - there were a couple of times I needed to double check but that was more about me not know how far various metre lengths were!
From the volunteers on the registration desk to the ones manning the checkpoint - they were all fun and encouraging and all had a smile (I think they were as grateful for the weather as we were!)
It wasn't a ride in the park for me - but surely that's the point of a challenge! and the 5 blisters on my toes from my wet shoes rubbing certainly made the last few miles interesting.
But none of that takes away from the organisation and volunteers which made this event a great day out! Date of review: July 15, 2012