In short: Brilliant 50 miler - great organisation and support from Mike and the team In full: Wishing to dip my toe into the 50 mile distance, this event came highly recommended by a number of friends that done this in the past.
Friendly and supportive organisation, great marshaling, and clear signage on the 6.55 mile circuit.
I was worried and nervous at the start, but I soon felt at ease with the relaxed feel to this 'challenge' rather than race. Stepping up to the 50 mile distance needs to be treated with respect, and running your own pace and strategy is crucial.
I was happy to start at the back of the field, get through the first lap, and then deal with the challenge on a mile by mile basis. I think the multi-lap course really helped to digest the distance in manageable chunks, and the circuit offered a good variety of terrain and surroundings to maintain your interest. With the profile being almost completely flat (apart from the concrete path leading up to the road about 2.75 miles in), the course has nothing to fear and does provide the opportunity of quick times if the conditions are good. Mental strength and bloody-mindedness is required to push you through the start/finish for the laps 5, 6 and 7, but the final lap can be 'enjoyed' as you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
The weather wasn't too warm (ideal temperature-wise), but the wind picked up in parts to wear you down and there were some heavy showers in the afternoon (just as we were all getting tired).
I was elated to complete the 52.4 miles, got rousing support, and was looked after by the team (as I must have looked pretty awful at the finish). Cups of tea were lined up, hot food offered, and medal and personalised certificate handed to me.
Thanks to Mike and the team in staging a great event, and giving me the support to get me to the finish. Highly recommended by this runner. Date of review: July 19, 2011
In short: Fantastic first 50-miler In full: Second year of running this, but did the whole thing this time. Weather was wet and cool but that was perfect!! Organisation, friendliness and facilities for such a small event were excellent, will be back next year to knock some time off my new pb!! Date of review: July 19, 2011
In short: Fantastic first 50 miler In full: Great experience all round - very friendly and low key, great support from Race Director Mike, big emphasis on event being fun and a 'challenge' rather than a 'race', hope to do it next year, really can't fault this as an event. Date of review: July 19, 2011
In short: Fantastic! Loved it! Well organised, caring and friendly In full: This was my first ultra run. I emailed Mike (course organiser) before for so tips. He was so helpful and caring. On the day, i was very nervous, again he was reassuring and positive. All the marshalls and helpers were fab. The comerdery from the participants was awesome. I managed the full 52.4 miles in 9hrs12mins (joint third place) will defiantly do it again! Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Excellent race and great team organising it In full: A big thanks to Mike and his team, a thoroughly great race and good pb potential. We entered two teams and for most of the teams the lap of 6.55 is further than they have run. Mike and the team made us feel very welcome and we raised some money for a local charity. I will be back next year, just hope the weather is slightly better, great race, put it in your calender Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: A fabulous first ultra In full: A fantastic first ultra. Great organisation and camaderie, everyone is looked after so well, the marshals at the drinks station are very friendly and supportive. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 23, 2011
In short: Fantastic event! In full: A brilliant event from start to finish. My first ever ultra and I would recommend this event to everyone whether your an ultra virgin or experienced campaigner. Superb organisation, great back up with food/drink etc and very friendly runners...couldn't have asked for more (apart from a cooler day!) Date of review: July 21, 2006
In short: This event is a fantastic advertisment for Ultra running. In full: The organisation was exceptional, the whole event ran like clockwork as officials, martials and competitors alike offered support to each other. Finishing this event is important not the time in which you do it. Very friendly atmosphere all round, a great intro to ultra distance running and with medals for 30, 40 and the full distance you choose when to stop. Thank you and I will be back next year. Date of review: July 19, 2006
In short: the best running event iv,e ever attended a very big thank you to every one ,organisers,marshalls, people at water stations ,fellow runners, the next marathon i run will seem easy after this . In full: a big thank you,to the marshalls,oganiser,s ,people who maned the water stations in that heat (must have been 11 hrs you all deserve a medal)lap recorders,and last but not least all the other runners, my first ultra in that heat was a baptism of fire , of all the running events i,ve run this one is the best .thanks again Date of review: July 18, 2006
In short: Fabulous In full: Can't praise this enough - my first ever ultra and loved every minute! The organisation was superb - best I've ever known and I don't know if it was because of there being a small field, but the marshalls and race organisers seemed to know everyone and their trials and truimphs individually. Fantastic day out and a marvellous intro to the world of Ultras - the friendliest bunch of peeps I've yet to meet at a race. Thanks go to all. Date of review: July 18, 2006