In short: The Round Ripon Ultra 35 is CHALLENGING WITH A CAPITAL "C"! In full: This will test you to the limit! I did the Cardiff marathon ultra (50 miler) in may of this year which was so much more doable than this undulating terrained marathon (35 miler). I completed it it 8 hours 53 mins!!!!
I really struggled with the hills and had to use my inhailer on a couple of occasions!!!! So I would advise anyone that is considering this ultra to work on your hill runs.
Also you need to be a good navigator!!!!! I was very fortunate! I was with a runner who was a fantastic map reader. We got lost on one occasions (and so did many others might I add) so be warned! The checkpoints were excellent and provided you with bottled water and isotonic drinks (a life saver) loads of GO bars, jelly babies etc etc.
Overall, it was a great experience especially when I saw the finishing line line! So beginners be warned - this is a very challenging ultra!!!!!!!!
Literally a week from doing this run I plan to do the spires and steeple challenge (26.2) marathon which should be a lot more easier. Date of review: October 10, 2013
In short: Great way to spend a day In full: Well done to the organisers for the organising and the rerouting that made the race possible. Tough on the knees due to lots of roads and some flooded fields and tracks. Great atmosphere in places. Some good scenery but running through Reading was grim. Loved the race though! Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Great first ultra experience!!! In full: Despite having trained for months I was nervous about plunging into the ultra running world. Worried I wouldn't finish.... Worried I would come last.... And then worried that I would get lost after the route was changed the day before because large parts of the original route were impassable. It would have been the easy option for Go Beyond to cancel the run, but I am so glad they didn't and the race was superbly organised from start to finish. I did get a bit lost in the latter stage but I wasn't alone and it was easily rectified with the help of a local dog walker!! I did this race as I had read about the camaraderie at ultras and I wasn't disappointed, every single person was great from other runners to the marshals at the checkpoints. I will definately be back next year!!! Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Congrats to the organisers! In full: My first 50(43ish) miler and a race I will always remember! Because of the floods, huge areas of the Thames tow path were underwater so a huge well done to the organisers for re-routing the course at the last minute to get the race on!
The marshals were supportive and the stations seemed well stocked...great cake btw! Yes, we had to go through waste deep water and slop through thick mud but it added to the experience for me.
I will be back to (hopefully) do the actual tow path next year :)
In short: Must do! In full: Big thanks to organisers, other runners and spectators for making this a special day.Brilliant race. Conditions underfoot treacherous in places. (Thats not a complaint). I had to be pulled out of a bog by a fellow runner or I would still be there. Loved the variation in terrain and the 35 miles seemed to fly by. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Great first Ultra, very cold day but no mud to slow you down, good organisation and will be back next year to improve my time, awful designed t-shirt though. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Beautiful race wrecked by poor organisation In full: Aid stations are a bit few and far between - but maybe that's part of the challenge. What one cannot forgive is the 2nd aid station running out of water. Waited 15 minutes for the re-stock in brutally cold conditions was horrendous. Apparently the water bottles froze - but I'd rather have a bottle of ice than nothing. Also lack of energy drinks and no-where warm/sheltered to stock up at aid stations. Not sure what my entry fee was used for but it wasn't for drinks/food or signage. Not a lot of effort made for the tailenders - seemed to be all about the people at the front...the pasties also ran out by the time I got to third checkpoint (and I was no-where near the back of the field). A potentially great race ruined by some very poor organisation. Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Miles pass quickly compared to road runs-Beautiful race In full: Great event.Very cold(-7)but gave us solid ground over the usual muddy section from Sandford-Abingdon(4-5miles). Well organised event and very friendly atmosphere although you can end up running alone for long periods depending on your pace. My first Ultra so a good event to fine tune Run/walk breaks and testing foods out during a race.definitely run it again at a harder pace. Course is only 48 miles in total and road sections claw back the average mile pace that suffers during muddy sections with numerous gates to open. Date of review: February 7, 2012
In short: First time for 50 and a great race down the Thames Path In full: Great atmosphere, scenery and big thanks to all the marshalls who braved the cold. The race came in at 48 miles which caused problems with meeting people around the course but the atmosphere throughout the race and at the end was awesome. Date of review: February 6, 2012