In short: Very challenging but beautiful views.Great free sandwiches and cake at the finish which makes up for a lack of memento to take home.ached a lot for a few days after but enjoyed and will do again. Date of review: August 16, 2012
In short: One giant hill (and another tough one) and lots of lovely trails - perfect! In full: Runs like this make you realise how lucky we are to have such beautiful countryside to run through. There are some very detailed reviews below so I won't repeat everything that's been said before - other than huge thanks to everyone who was involved. What a lovely, friendly day out! And beer and food at the end too - heaven! Date of review: August 1, 2011
In short: Excellent value for money, fantastic scenery and good organisation. If it wasn’t for Hurlstone Combe, I would want to do this run every month. In full: I had taken part in the Seaview 17 in 2009 (my review is somewhere below this one) and it was one of a small number of events that went straight onto the planner for 2010. A lot of runners seem to be regulars at this event, so what is it that draws them (and now me) back again?
In no particular order, here are five highlights of the day.
1. The route. The Seaview 17 is run along approximately 20 miles of the South West Coast Path, starting at Countisbury in Devon and crossing the border into Somerset, where it finishes in Minehead. 2009 had been cloudy and dull, and this year it looked for a while as if the visibility would be just as bad, with rolling grey clouds hanging over Exmoor and the coast. They soon cleared and the route unfolded with lovely stretches of woodland, tracks, fields and paths and occasional views to the sea.
2. The hills. There are two big climbs. The first, at about 4 miles, leads up to the drinks station at County Gate and the second, at around 14 miles, is the ascent of Hurlstone Combe, which is close on 1,000 feet from sea level to summit. There may be people who run up this one, but I’m not one of them ...
3. The organisation. This is a fairly low key event - it doesn't, for example, seem to have the same reputation as the Exmoor Stagger, organised by the same club - but the organisation seems to work. From the handing out of running numbers at the mobile race HQ (Fred’s van!) to the coach transfer to the start, from the route marking to the remote-controlled camera at the finish, everything seemed to work. And as for Fred, I am still trying to work out how it was that he was present at almost every checkpoint I ran past. Are there lots of people who look just like him in Minehead?
The cost. Something else I am trying to work out is just how Minehead Running Club does all this for six pounds. I know there are lot of volunteers (more about them in a moment), but the coach hire must cost a pound or two and there is still apparently a surplus that is forwarded to the race charity. Fantastic!
The tea. Here's the more about the volunteers. Maureen and team, you did us proud again. Thank you!
And, in the interests of balance, my five grumbles.
One. I ran slower than last year.
Two. Er, I think that's about it.
I will admit to a sense of foreboding as I crossed the flat land between Porlock Weir and Bossington, with the big hill gradually looming larger and larger, and I never really got back into my stride after reaching the top. The weather was a little warmer and I was carrying a little extra weight, but these are just excuses!
In conclusion, this really is a super event. Massive thanks to the organisers and the marshals. Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Great day In full: Well done to all,1st time for me and had a very pleasent day,everybody friendly from runners to organisers,Well signed as well, Food & tea/coffe was the best at the end. WELL DONE TO ALL Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Tough but with a nice day out feeling at the finish In full: Tough race, tougher if you decide to go slightly the wrong way. Great run & fantastic if you are training for marathons or long cross country runs. Bargain price for coach to the start point & a ride range of buffet food at the end. The most cheerful group of runners sat at the end snacking away cheering people on Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Hard but fantastic In full: Brilliant organisation, friendly and fantastic value. This year's wind and rain made it even harder than usual. Third time so was mentally prepared for Bossington Hill but definitely didn't like that new hill (mountain?) around 5 miles !! Nice hot showers, then cheese sandwiches and mugs of tea to recover. What more can anyone ask ?!! Thanks very much Fred and Minehead RC. Date of review: July 31, 2009
In short: Hilly off-roading in a special place In full: Well organised from what I saw. Good route, but a little congested in the first 4 miles. Care needed if it is wet. Some nice support on the way - jelly babies and bananas at half way, long enough before the BIG hill. Good spread of food at the end, if you can face eating after a big run. Perhaps a slightly bigger bar area needed if it is wet, but in the dry it would have been fine. Not one to worry about times, but one to worry about your fitness for the hills :-) Date of review: July 29, 2009