In short: Very beautiful, very tough, fantastic marshals. In full: My first time running this race and I'd heard excellent things about it. I treated it as a training run for my spring marathon... and now I think my spring marathon, which may be longer, will be a breeze compared to this!
I'm a slower runner so was towards the back of the pack but after a few miles that meant I was largely running on my own with no runners in sight. So I only saw people at water stations. So it was very hard from that point of view. The views and scenery are spectacular and really give you something to focus on, but the course is very exposed to the weather as well so if the wind or rain picks up you really feel it.
If I was doing a spring marathon again, I would definitely run this race again. But the thing I found hardest was the 1pm start time as I didn't know how to fuel for it, so I ended up carrying a lot of food with me (which I ate all of!) and was still very hungry. I would sign up again in a shot if this moved to a 9 or 10am start time in the future. But 1pm is a very tough time to start a long race.
Oh - and the marshals were amazing. Honestly, they were all fantastic. Thank you so much to all the marshals. Date of review: March 7, 2016
In short: Iconic, beautiful & hardcore In full: One of the most scenic and beautiful courses I have ever had the pleasure of running - A hard and hilly course but well worth it! A great local race in a spectacular area of Wales Date of review: March 13, 2015
In full: My mum new how much I loved to run this race.And before she died on Friday morning she made me promise I would run it the next day.After being driven down Friday night by my lovely wife.Not feeling hungry and drunk maybe a bit to much red wine.I got to the start feeling tearful and alone.The race started and I new I was with the most amazing bunch of people on the planet.Runners Marshals Locals Every person in Rhayader.You were a credit to the human race.I ran,walked,cried and laughed my round.And with love and support of you fantastic people.I was able to look up with a smile and say mum JOB DONE.thank you all so much x Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: great value race, nice atmosphere - whopping big hill! In full: This has been a regular event on our club calendar for years - and I can see why. its great for marathon training. 30 members of Black Pear Joggers took part approximately. Great value race at under £20 - very tough hill at 2.5 miles (lasting for about another 2.5). Some spectacular views, great race to run with friends. slight downside in that there was no goody bag to speak of, and no medal but to be expected with the cheap price. Although strangely there was a medal in the 5 mile race which niggles a bit...memory of this one (and that hill) will last a while! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Challenging but highly recommended - well done to everyone involved In full: This was my first time at Rhayader but it won't be the last. It is a bit out of the way to get to but it is absolutely well worth the journey. Race admin-wise, everything was so easy: parking, registration, toilets (no queues!), start and finish, all within close proximity of one other. The scenery is beautiful and we were lucky enough to be blessed with glorious sunshine for most of the afternoon. Even so, the gusts of wind were a bit brutal in places and poorer weather would definitely make you wish you'd taken the advice of the organisers and got extra layers to pop on for the more exposed parts of the route. Drinks stations were spot on and the locals were wonderfully welcoming and supportive at the end, on the way back into Rhayader. I like hills but that hill between miles 2 and 5 is a challenge; I am cross with myself for succumbing to the temptation to walk some of it but my excuse is that I was having a bit of an off-day. No walking next time though - I'm running the lot! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Magnificent race in God's own country In full: You really can't beat this one in my opinion: glorious scenery (and I mean amazing), lovely organisation and a tough challenge that is a perfect marathon tester. It's probably a bit of a trek out to Rhayader for most people but that creates a fantastic atmosphere, and it's just a really brilliant expereince. I first ran it last year so this is my second go, but it'll be on the calender every year from now on. A must-run. Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Glorious scenery, great officials and marshals, tremendous sense of achievement at the end! In full: This has to be one of the most scenic races in the UK - breathtakingly beautiful views of hills, rivers and the unique reservoirs and dams as you go down the Elan valley. Add to this a very down to earth feel and genuinely encouraging officials, who take pleasure in the enjoyment of the participants - a lovely race that you will want to do over and over again. Date of review: March 12, 2014
In short: Snow! In full: I last did this race two years ago in beautiful spring sunshine. Saturday's race couldn't have been more different! After a grueling ascent to mile 6, thinking I'd worn too much we descended into a snow 'storm' which not only spoiled the outstanding view but sapped your energy and will to live! However, on everyone plodded, eyes squinting and hands unusable. It was definitely character building out there!
Crazy weather aside, this is a really great race, through fantastic welsh countryside. Parking, race HQ, the start and finish are all within a stones throw of each other and you get a nice tshirt upon finishing. Ample pubs are nearby too to reward yourself and for watching certain rugby matches.
I'll be back next year and will hope for that spring sun again! Date of review: March 18, 2013