In short: insane climbs, insane descents, mud, high winds, sea views - a race to remember In full: I had nonchalant ideas about running the whole thing, not walking up the hills. I noted that at my level a lot of runners were walking up hills from quite early on and after running up a few of the climbs I could see why. In the second half of the race some of the climbs were insane. So steep they were steps not slopes and just walking up them nearly did me in. Because it was so slippery coming down some of the slopes was pretty scary too. I had on trail shoes but not as spiky as some of the stuff like Inov8's and the like. If you are going to do this get the spikiest soles you can. I imagine if it was drier it might be a fair bit easier. At times the signposting was a but spares and I got lost a couple of times but to be fair to the organisers there is a lot of coastal path to sign and some of the signage was blown away by the 50mph winds. The other runners were really friendly, organisers very helpful and although it was a bit wet and windy the scenery brilliant. Very pleased to have finished this race - certainly the toughest run I have done so far.
In short: Distinct lack of marshals, and no signs. Very little atmosphere. In full: Poor organisation of transport to the start - the coach was 45 minutes late and we only just made the start line. Not enough (in fact, hardly any) marshals to make sure that people ran the correct route - this was stated in the pre-race notes, but there were no marshals present to ensure that the written instructions were followed. The finish was insignificant and hard to spot as we ran towards it. Disappointing. Date of review: April 3, 2014
In short: Toughest thing I've ever done, but SO worth it. In full: This was my first ever trail/fell race and it was tough, but the views and the atmosphere made it worthwhile. I am used to running big city marathons and so this was quite a change and the sense of achievement crossing the finish line was second to none. Make no mistake, there are some pretty tough stretches, but the camaraderie really helped lift the spirits and get me through. Date of review: March 31, 2014
In short: Fantastic, again, even if I knew what I was in for this time. In full: Brilliant, challenging, race. Not so much of a race as an afternoon out with good friends, none of which you've met before. Friendly supportive marshals and runners alike, each recognising each other's achievement no matter what level you're on. Beginner friendly because of its atmosphere, not its terrain. Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: Great value, great race! In full: Very challenging race. It gets tougher & hillier mile after mile. Could do with a few more arrows in places to keep runners on course. I managed to clock 23.5 miles after following somebody and getting a little lost. What's an extra couple of miles though. The coach to the start line is a great bonus at a sensible price. Date of review: April 13, 2013
In short: Blew me away, almost literally! In full: First attempt at the challenge, I'm not the strongest runner but found I coped quite well. The stunning views and great support from locals and runners alike was awesome. Definitely doing it next year with some adequate prep, if there is such a thing! Legs still aching a week on! Date of review: April 12, 2013
In short: A big challenge and a big sense of accomplishment at the end. In full: Never done anything like this before, both in terms of distance and terrain, but thought it was brilliant. It certainly was a challenge in the second half with all the big climbs, but a great sense of achievement at the end. Date of review: April 10, 2013
In short: Hills and even more hills!!!! In full: First timer here and will be back, had a fantastic day but this was seriously hard. Many thanks to Sidmouth running club, the marshalls and the support, and let' not forget the scenery which was breathtaking. Date of review: April 10, 2013