In short: A tough race but with glorious scenery. I loved the encouraging 'ra-ra' girls at the top and the band at the finish. Plus a goody bag and free cakes. Am I in heaven? Date of review: October 15, 2008
In short: Fabulous combination of challenges - with superd views and a little jazz In full: This is a cracking race - evne with no chance of winning itm will be a must on my annual to do list.
Its called a challenge it really is. pavement, grass, mud, rock - how do you prepare for this? - simple - just do it. The atmosphere is fantastic, the tourists packing the promenade giving great support as you go, the runners swapping stories about the "best bits" - clean start, great marshalling, a rousing finish for everyone, and greta little for piece jazz band all making this tough run into a holiday.
The weather fantastic - top marks to organisers there - and the route lived up to entry blurb with something at every mile and views to make anyone give up holidaying abroad.
I loved it and will be back again - with a spring in my heel. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: The clue is in the title. Two very tough hills with flat in between In full: A great race which is well organised and very friendly.It is tough with the two peaks at either end of the race but a gentle bit in the middle. The organisers are very keen that you should enjoy the race and come back. They promised cheer leaders and a band at the finish for 2008. I will certainly be there. Date of review: September 16, 2008
In short: Tough and Fast but Great Fun! In full: This is a tough race at just over 7 miles with 900ft of climbing. I am did it in 79 minutes but was still in the last 5 which I think would put beginners off. Organisation was fantastic, everyone was friendly and the marshals were some of the nicest I have ever come across. Will def be there next year! Date of review: October 17, 2007
In short: Not for the faint hearted In full: The conditions were ideal for a long race, with the sun out and a light breeze. I was slightly apprehensive at the start of the race, as I have limited experience of races like this. But I went into it hoping that I could get less than 1 hour. The turnout was good, with 92 runners ready and raring to go at the start. The race starts of pretty smoothly as 2 miles are pretty flat, but then starts the long incline up Pen Dinas, I made sure to try to get ahead of most of the slower people, as I didn’t want to get stuck behind a crowd going up the pathway along the hill, as there is very little room for overtaking on the way up. I found Pen Dinas to too bad, apart from the steep incline not far off the top, with great relief I reached the first peak and started heading down again towards the promenade. The next mile and a half again is quite flat, and passing the bandstand seeing the water stop was a nice relief, but that was only a minor distraction for the assault on Constitution hill. On a normal day running this hill on its own can be quite tiring, but after running about 5.5 miles, I knew this was going to be a huge struggle, and I was not wrong, the power and strength was not present in my legs and struggled to reach the second peak, but I couldn’t enjoy the moment too much as I still had just over a mile to run to get to the finish line. I struggled to get back into my rhythm for the last mile and a few runners managed to pass me on the way down from consti, but finally finished in a time of 57:35 in 26th position.
So if you ever fancy a challenge, remember this race for next year, I really enjoyed the experience, I am defiantly going to be doing it again next year. Date of review: October 20, 2006