In short: The dipper looks much easier at the start than halfway up. In full: Essentially a fairly masochistic warm up, an orderly queue, a chance to pretend you are about 4 again throwing yourself down an oversize sanddune and finally the race proper around the Ogmore estuary.
I tried to conserve energy up the dipper, felt I walked halfway, was exhausted at the top anyway and seemed to be behind about half the field.
Next time I am going to give it everything on the dipper and try and get ahead of the queue. Date of review: January 31, 2011
In short: Brilliant! Superbly enjoyable race as usual In full: Shame it was postponed due to the unpredictable weather which made the Xmas fancy dress and the Pogues 'fairytale in new york' a bit surreal in January :)
Great race and one I wouldn't miss. Thanks Brackla keep up the good work!!! Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Excellent-again!!! Well done Brackla Harriers! In full: So pleased that the organisers managed to keep the atmosphere that has always made this race so special! Thought it would be a little bit of a post-Christmas anti-climax, but it was as uplifting as ever! Keep up the good work Brackla! Date of review: January 20, 2011
In short: Tough, energy-sapping, mentally challenging but totally brilliant ....every runner in GB should do The Pudding Run, Nos Galan, Rhayader Round the Lakes and The Roman Run...'never forget your Welsh'!! Date of review: January 18, 2011
In short: Excellent race, tough conditions but great organisation and atmosphere make this a must do race In full: 5th year of completing this race, and I keep on coming back. Great organisation, good fun atmosphere and will definitely be back for the race at Xmas. Date of review: January 18, 2011
In full: Before starting the race i was a little wary about how i was going to get to the top of the big dipper let alone run the rest of the course, but once i conquered the beast of a dune i thouroughly enjoyed this race. I wasn't too concerned about getting a fast time which made it even more enjoyable.
All different types of terrain covered within the race, very well organised, good support from the marshalls and crowd throughout. I was only disappointed that i didn't thake the opportunity have some mulled wine and mince pies on the way round, will have to remember to have some next time. Date of review: January 18, 2011