In short: challenging route - SELF SUPPORTING. more like a long training run. In full: a great event beautiful route at a fare price. unfortunatly poor reception at the finish - needs care on the return run as it would be easy to go the wrong way.poor quality medal but nice woolly hat. Personal drinks etc; taken to the 10/20 mile point but thats it. the free soup or jacket potato was the high point. much appreciated at the end. results need to be in 5 year age groups. I missed the awards ceremony. Date of review: March 10, 2010
In short: Great route, challenging but worth it. Good entry to world of ultras In full: My only problem was missing bits of the route as there could have been a few more markers. Pay attention if you are going to do this on the route on the way there. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Good event and very hilly In full: A good event and hilly. Organisation was good and a friendly field. Great start location with showers after and free food. Nice training hat and medal. The course makes you ache in all places. A mix of road and x-country. Could do with one more water point so we get one every five miles. Maybe isotonic in the water. Other than that well done blacksheep and a big thak you to the helpers, the scouts, the st Johns team. Excellent. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: For experienced "professional" organisers this was poor In full: Good intentions, organisers had to make an enforced route change, though this was still the same course, only using the first half twice. Too many runners went off course. Nice "trail" type undulating thro woods, ok out/back along river, but far too much road, on the original route would have been about 6 miles or so - over 20% road for a trail event is too much. Date of review: March 6, 2009
In short: Shame about the route change but generally well organised In full: I was carrying a bit of a calf strain so lack of hills was a relief but it did mean a lot of straight road but I think this was last minute and not neccesarily the organiser's fault. Stewarding and signage was excellent, especially the nutters at the bottom of hill. If you got lost on this course I am suprised you found the start line. Nice start location but I wish the showers had not been icy. But don't feel sorry for me, feel sorry for the person sitting next to me on the bus for 7 hours!! Nice t-shirt in the bag. If distance from home was not an issue would try again another year. One down, eleven to go. Date of review: March 3, 2009
In short: Not easy - but that's what the race notes said! In full: I'm baffled by the problems other people seem to have had. Maybe an absolute beginner would have an excuse, but beyond that the race did what it said it would! Yes, the last minute course change was a shame and meant that there was a lot of road - but what's the alternative; cancel on the morning?
Yes, there was a short queue to sign in, but you're about to run 30-miles, HTFU!!!
Agree with the comment about someone recording runners as they got to the turn around - would make it easy to cheat - but who enters these things to cheat anyway?
As for lack of water - if you run out, that's your own stupid fault. It's your own responsibility to keep hydrated. They never promised lots of water stops, yet with the route change, there was even more chance to pick up drinks!
Course markers - it's a shame these get pinched, but notes were provided (and bear in mind, these must have been put together at the last second also). Not perfectly clear and I understand how some people could have taken a wrong turn, but I found them sufficient to get around and a credit to the organisers who must have lost sleep in making all those alternative arrangements so late on.
Can't wait to try the PROPER route next year! Date of review: March 3, 2009