In short: Character builder!! In full: The views are fantastic and the organisers brilliantly cheerful and organised at the start and finish and at the fuel stops but not a sign in sight to tell you where to go. I turned up for this not realising that it involved self navigation so it was a bit scary at points and I got lost a few times. This one is tough and a real character builder but overall I had a nice time and ran with some great people. I will be a little less green around the gills next time though and actaully read the route map! Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: left or right? In full: this was my first styope of race like this, the distance wasnt a problem just the navigation!.the people involved were 1st class,warm, inspiring and the checkpoints with a brew and sandwiches were top notch also BUT....PLEASE PLEASE can you put some signs out, even just small one the day before because any little bit of guidance helps!dispite getting lost twice i loved it but but doubt ill be running again unless we have some navigational signs out on the moors etc(please) Date of review: July 21, 2009
In short: Moors the Muddier! In full: Recent rain mad some bits a bit sloppy and it was a hard 21m due to some hard moorland sections. Great organisation, amongst best CP food variety I've seen and good cold buffet choice at end too, inc desert. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Proper Yorkshire Hospitality In full: A grand day out. Muddy, wet, suicidally slippy in places, probably better suited to the walker than the runner, but a cheerful, well organised event managed by people who obviously genuinely care about the experience had by the entrants. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Superb Race & a Bargain! In full: This was one of the best races I've ever done. Dispite getting lost just 2 miles from the finish and running 34 miles. The food was superb & the people the friendliest I've come across. The water stations were superb, seems unfair to discribe them as water stations, with three diffrent drinks on offer and 4 kinds of cake & smarties, jelly babies etc. We even ngot a meal at the end with jelly and ice cream for afters! We even had a bacon butty before the start, and all this for only £11! Other races please take note this is how it should be done. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: The only race I've ever entered with a menu!!! In full: I'll be honest...I'm a softie road runner. I like a well worn trail and perhaps an overgrown footpath when I'm feeling rugged but this is, as advertised, something else.
The support from the Check Points on the route is fantastic - some of the best I've ever experienced and the team running the HQ & kitchen at the finish were superb and so passionate about what the do.
The route is tough in parts and I made two significant navigation errors which have added at least five miles to the route. But these were my fault - I'm not used to this type of race and have little experience of them. It all worked out in the end and I thought the finishers certificate was a lovely touch.
Well done to all involved. I had a great time. Thank you. Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: Picturesque marathon in the Moors with tea and flapjacks! In full: A great route in the Moors of Calderdale. This was my first trail marathon and I was not sure what to expect so I found this one tough going. I struggled with some of the directions and ended up doing over 28 miles as I got lost - as did some of my fellow competitors. I got so lost I ended up falling behind and not running but walking with a wonderful pair of walkers. The atmosphere was lovely with the walkers and the "water stations" were packed with juice, sandwiches and cakes. Next time I do this I am going to take a map. I will also never wear trainers for a trail marathon like this. Be prepared to run in bogs and my legs were absolutly caked in mud - but it addes to the fun! Date of review: August 17, 2008