In short: wet, boggy, muddy, slippy, tough, but great fun In full: this year the conditions were very wet and boggy with some pools up to waist deep, the tracks through the heather were slippery and muddy. This is an endurance event that cant be beaten by other inferior races but we did it in a group of 4 and really enjoyed the day, even the hailstones (in July) didnt spoil it for us. 42 miles of hard slog but well worth it. excellent organisation with plenty of checkpoints and cheerful marshals to count you through mean we will be back next year. Date of review: July 11, 2007
In short: My first ultra. Unfortunate conditions. Left me feeling a bit flat. In full: I am still not sure what to make of this experience. I felt it was pure endurance and not a lot about running. The old railway line section was the only time we ran for more than two miles and certainly the only section we could run with any confidence.
The bogs and marshes were treacherous and seemed to go on for ever and having to climb for a mile and a half through two foot high gorse was no fun.
The check points were outstanding as was the support from fellow competitors.
The organisation was rather pompous and there wasn't even a well done at the end after ten and a half hours of torture.
I know I caught it in atrocious conditions but I think I'll accept the life time ban which was threatened in the literature! Date of review: July 8, 2007
In short: Got to be one of the ntoughest races in the country. In full: A great experience - fantastic scenery, a great mix of characters met on route, shocking underfoot conditions and the worst (only?)July hailstorm of all time. I absolutely loved it - especially the mandarins and rice pudding at The Lion checkpoint - inspired. Thank you to all concerned - the most memorable day of running. Date of review: July 8, 2007
In short: tremendously challenging but worth the effort In full: The weather was perfect, cool, overcast with a slight breeze. The marshalls were all extremely friendly and helpful. the scenery was open moorland (with a bit of old railway line thrown in)and some of the climbs were almost vertical. A challenge race that is hard work but I felt it worth all the effort for that sense of achievement as I crossed the finish line within the 12 hour time limit. Not for the faint hearted as you have to do your own navigation across the moors from checkpoint to checkpoint Date of review: July 11, 2006
In short: It's still hard, but oh-so worthwhile In full: Lets face it, running 42 miles across the North Yorks moors is not an easy experience. It's long, it's tiring and, uness you have an appreciation of some of the finest scenery in Britain, there's not a lot to look at. No St.Paul's cathedral or statue of liberty to look at here.
But what you do get is an incredibly well organised, fantastic run across the moors and hills of North Yorshire, with a fair few other likeminded folk who are all experiencing the same as you. And if they haven't yet, give it an hour or so.
It really is an experience, and one you won't forget, for all the right reasons. I always learn a little more about myself, and come back with more than a few tales to tell. Date of review: July 9, 2006
In short: Definitely one to remember In full: Mixture of hills and flats, superb paths and tedious bog and heather. Well organised checkpoints considering the small no. of entries. Having a handicap system is great to get people finishing at roughly the same time, but the handicap prize is wide open to abuse. Date of review: July 18, 2005