In short: Challenging but achievable - closer to 85 miles though! In full: Wonderful weather conditions and fantastic cameraderie amongst all the participants made this a unforgettable three days. Day three is extremely tough and technical and I wish I had used poles. Organisation is good although the additional costs do mount up with accommodation, meals and massage to pay for. my one disappointment though was at the first day's briefing, we were all informed by Ben that there was a one mile + detour after Newquay due to a wooden bridge being damaged. Many people ran the extra distance unnecessary as the bridge had been repaired. Not only should this have been checked out before Day 1 but an apology the next day from Ben wouldn't have gone a miss. There was a shared feeling that the organisers (not the staff though), are probably losing their enthusiasm for these events and just doing the minimum. They need to remember that word of mouth is the best form of advertising, both good and bad and that being indifferent to the people who participate in these events moves the emphasis to a perception of just another money making business. I must admit that I thought there would have been more entrants....perhaps others have noticed this change in attitude as well.... Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: 80 hilly miles that test the runner in every sense In full: It isn't a race, it's a challenge...and challenging it was. I enjoyed the first 2 days and was pleasantly surprised to complete the second marathon in a faster time that the first. Day 3, however, was hideous! Torrential rain and rocky boggy terrain was too much for my knees...had to walk the last 10 miles. This will be my first and last ultra. Don't let that put you off - it's an amazing thing to do. No regrets. Date of review: October 22, 2012
In short: Enough scenery and ascents to take your breath away! In full: Very well organised and hugely challenging...thank goodness for regular checkpoints to re-energise and to get your breath back!
As you'd expect, the scenery is fantastic and shared only between the runners and a few other walkers at this time of year. Day three gets seriously tough and the weather was wild this year! A little longer for the final leg than advertised (clocked at 28.5 miles) but this is definitely not advertised as a PB marathon course!
Will I return? Who knows! If this was to be the first and last ACC it would only be down to the state of my feet post-run.
Would recommend this to anyone who fancies a challenge away from the monotony of a road 10km...stunning views throughout and a Cornish pasty upon completion. What is there not to like! Date of review: October 5, 2012