In short: Bring on Mother Dune Again? In full: What can I say, worst ever 10K time, hardest ever run & crawl (Going up Mother Dune) since I could walk. But, excellent fun, awesome challenge, great organisation, goodie bag/T-shirt worth the entry, totally different from anything else I've done. Bring on the mud of Falkirk. But I'll be back to defeat Mother next year. Date of review: August 2, 2006
In short: Brilliant fun - sliding down sand dunes worth the slog up! In full: Hardest race I have ever done, but fantastic! 12 minutes slower than my PB, but who's counting! The filming helicopter was like something of Apocolyse Now, but added to the atmosphere. Very good spectator event too, as by standing on the dunes, and using binoculars my supporter was able to track me for most of the race. Date of review: July 16, 2006
In short: A great challenge In full: Was expecting a challenging race but nothing could have prepared me for this! However, although a tough course up and over steep sand dunes and soft sand the event was exceptionally well organised, with a goody bag & T-shirt with value that seemed to far exceed the entrance fee.
No PB here, but a thoroughly enjoyable event with a real sense of accomplishment at the end. This is no ordinary 10k! Date of review: July 10, 2006
In short: beats the sox off your average road race! In full: A really challenging race, as borne out by the times - definitely best suited to those of us who prefer playing away from the tarmac! Great mix of hard work and good fun on a well-marked and marshalled course. Not sure I'd have wanted to run it as a novice, though, and the pre-event publicity was flagging up the "suitable for all runners" message.
Seriously bling medal, nice t-shirt and useful goody bag. I'm also tempted to enter the other two now... And will definitely run this one again next year, specially as it's just down the road for me! Date of review: July 9, 2006
In short: Great race if you love running up and sand dunes In full: This was a tiring race - almost 25 mins slower than my 10k PB. The scenery was terrific - never thought that running north of aberdeen could be so much like running in a desert. Very hard work running up and down the soft sand dunes and eventually was really looking forward to running on tarmac at the end- but by that time my legs were so tired I couldnt run fast anymore. Agree with the goody bag comments - most relevant selection of goodies I have received from a race. Overall I thought that it was a great idea to organise a race here and am looking forward to running the other 2 events. Date of review: July 9, 2006
In short: Something a bit different for us 'road runners' out there. In full: A nice size field, still intimate but big enough to have a good atmosphere. Fantastic organisation and good value for money. A tough course, felt like i'd joined the foreign legion for a moment! Particularly loved the sand slides down the bigger dunes. Was I the only one who was a little intimidated by that sinister helicopter that kept appearing from behind the dunes? Date of review: July 9, 2006
In short: Hardest run I've ever done but never stopped smiling In full: This was the 21st race I've competed in so wanted something different, this did not disappoint. Staged along a beautifully scenic beach looking out to the North Sea you are just instantly motivated. The organisation was superb, utterly professional and very friendly. Given the torid nature of the course, this should have been a nightmare to marshall, but what can I say, it was flawless. Compared to some 'big city' runs I have done recently, organisationally it was night and day. It was tough however, running on soft sand and up and down large dunes is Hell, but it was the same for everyone and just added to the fun. Also for the price, just £15, I got a good quality t-shirt, a gorgeous medal and a proper goody bag filled with stuff you would actually want!!! I have paid much more than that in the past and walked away with just a fraction of the goodies I got here. All in all I was overjoyed with the day. Ok, I recorded my worst ever 10K time by a good 15 minutes but when you see the course you can see why, also I could never have dreamed that running on soft sand could ever be that hard. In that last 6 months my passion for running was being erroded by dull courses, poor organisation and in some case, over priced events providing little return. One goodie bag I got at another event was just filled with A4 adverts for local businesses. This run has bucked the trend. I wasn't intending to run the other two but now I will tell anyone who will listen, I will be there. A massive thank you to the organisers, you have given me back my passion for running. Date of review: July 9, 2006