In short: Great Course and organisation in beautiful scenery In full: I did the 20 mile route and enjoyed it a lot, the course was really good with some good hills. The scenery is beautiful with some great views over the downs. The organisation was really good with checkpoints where you needed it, including well needed fig rolls and custard creams at the latter checkpoints. I took an OS map and marked out the route beforehand, but could have got away without it as the signs and marshalls pointed you in the right direction. I enjoyed this a lot and will definately consider it next year. Cheers Date of review: May 18, 2010
In short: An Absolute Classic... In full: ...not that I'd expect anything different given my previous six consecutive years on the 'short' course.
Yes, finally plucked up the courage to do the full course this time, and I'm so glad I did. Once again, organisation, marshalling and general atmosphere was spot on. Best part is that the slightly uninteresting slog from Tan Hill, north to Avebury Trusloe, is now a 16 mile epic of wonderfully varied scenery - more Wansdyke, the Kennet and Avon canal, masts on Morgan's Hill and the superb Monument on Cherhill Down, plus at least one White Horse along the way. Beautiful!
Speaking of Cherhill Downn one minor plea would have been for some arrows around the Monument - I took a slightly long way round, but other than that, had no problems having marked up a 1:50000 OS map from the instructions.
One interesting difference from the shorter distance seemed to be that rather than spreading out as individuals, the runners tended to form supportive groups, most evident at the checkpoints with some waiting for others to catch up. I didn't encounter any nutters this year, but I can well believe the one about the guy who was convinced about the extra six miles - there's always someone isn't there?
Fabulous stuff - will be back for more next year, hope I'm still in one piece enough to go the whole distance again!
In short: Excellent event,superb organisation runners well looked after In full: Very well organised event,plenty of checkpoints on the 33 miles, the marshalls were all friendly and encouraging - great mix of countryside on the route, canal, bluebell woods, fragrance of wild garlic and the white horse on the downs and through Avebury before the last climb to cross over the Ridgeway and the hand made mug and food at the finish - what a great day out. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: Wonderful marshalls and stunning views In full: Having run a few marathons myself and 5 other club runners decided to have a go at an ultra. After a fall, blisters and tiredness(we all had recent marathons in our legs) we came in last. However the marshalls were still there waiting for us long after they should have gone home with wonderful food and bags of ecouragement and support. Each checkpoint had bags of treats as well as well earned fluids, the atmosphere was very friendly and the organisation spot on. If we promise to be a bit faster we are hoping they will have us back next year. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: What a fantastic event - well organised, stunning views and a good challenge In full: This was my first time running this event and running 20 miles. I couldn't have picked a better event - the organisation was really good, marshals were all friendly and encouraging, there were plenty of water stations with juice, biscuits, jelly beans etc and even tea at one stop. The route was undulating with a few good hills but not too challenging and we couldn't have been luckier with the weather. I hope to make this an annual event. Well done Marlborough Running Club. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: Cracking race - well worth the effort In full: My first Ultra, and very enjoyable. Beautiful scenery, well organised and very friendly. Wasn't feeling 100%, and felt it, but its hard not to be impressed with the views. Will be back again. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: This is a quality race with a splendid atmosphere. In full: Twelve minutes faster than last year, first sunburn of the year, the food at the end was delicious and the guy who was adamant he'd run 6 miles further than the marshals told him he had provided the laughs. Brilliant! Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: Perfect course - full of colour In full: What a great day - I had done the 20 miler a few years ago, but tried the 33 miler this time (first ultra).
Course is great - lots of variety, fantastic colours: running through the bluebell woods, the yellow of the oil seed rape, followed by green rolling hills. Course undulates but most of it was gentle and I found most of it quite runnable.
Stations are well spaced, full of goodies and friendly marshalls.
Route finding is quite easy so long as you read the instructions and don't daydream!
The only downside for me was the sun - got a little sunburnt, still takes my mind off the tried legs
Well done MRC - great event, will be back next year - need another mug for my collection
In short: my second time of running - a fabluous foray into beyond 26.2, glorious scenery, lovely marshalls, a real gem In full: second year running for me (my first ultra last year). Despite being not on top form, reminded me why I came back for more. Weather kinder this year. Bluebells, wild garlic and views - glorious. Marshalls and checkpoints are great as are the fellow competitors - always people to chat to. Have I sold it to you yet? Date of review: May 16, 2010