In short: Just what i imagined an ultra race would be In full: My first race over 19 miles but the time flew by, the course was relatively easy to follow- i only had to jump over one stream to stay on track! The other runners and Marshals were friendly and helpful and checkpoint food was perfect.Roll on the next race... Date of review: June 24, 2013
In short: Stunning scenery, very well-organised, nice atmosphere In full: I would thoroughly recommend this race. The organisation was very good - everything ran very smoothly from registration to the race results appearing online, there were a good number of very well-stocked drinks stations (including fantastic cake) manned by friendly marshals and the scenery is as good as you will find anywhere in the country. Navigation is tricky but definitely worth the effort! Date of review: June 6, 2013
In short: The ideal 'intro ultra' In full: Did this as a first ultra and was very impressed with the set up. The course is a tough one, with conditions underfoot being challenging on some of the trail sections. However there was a nice mixture of on and off road to break it up. Checkpoint organisation was spot on, with all the marshalls being very encouraging and helping out with refills etc which was very welcome given the heat. Value for money seemed excellent considering the medal, running vest and all-you-can-eat GU gels, cake and jelly babies at checkpoints. Anyway, after beating my stretch target of 6 hours, will give it another crack next year to try and get around in under 5:30:00 Date of review: June 4, 2013
In short: Lovely race in glorious countryside In full: Brillantly organised, great atmosphere amongst runners and supporters, and such a relief to finally roll down that hill at the end, get back on the road, and charge through the gates of the impressive Lamport Hall to collect the medal! Really enjoyed it! Date of review: June 3, 2013
In short: Fantastic scenery and organisation In full: Any ultra is rarely going to be anything other than at least a little daunting but the structure of the NU35 was very welcoming, reassuring, and inclusive.
I had taken time the night before the race to study the map in detail, so I wasn't worried about being able to navigate if I had to. However, I was lucky that I was always in sight of someone ahead who (I assumed!!) knew where they were going. Only a couple of times did a group of us cluster at a crossroads or footpath and put our heads together to decide on the right route.
There was a good mix of terrain, though the hot weather had made some of the fields quite uncomfortable to run on.
What looked from the course profile like the biggest and scariest hill came near the start (well, about 10k in!), but thankfully was not as steep as it appeared to be and it was perfectly possible to run up it if you chose to. Later on, though, even the slightest hill (and there were a few!) was a welcome reason to walk, whilst keeping an eye on the watch to make sure that average mile splits didn't slow down too much. The climb up most of the hills was rewarded by fantastic views of the Northamptonshire countryside - a great way to see it.
The only thing that could have improved this race would have been a finishing clock... after running for nearly 7 hours I was looking forward to seeing the time as I crossed the line! Instead I felt a bit bad about asking the lass who was timekeeping, though she was very obliging.
IMHO this is definitely a good race for any rookie or seasoned ultra-runner! Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: A tough day out but pretty enough to take your mind off your feet - hot and hilly! In full: This was my first ultra and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well organised with great scenery and atmosphere and a fine start/finish location at Lamport Hall. Enough water stations for me to stay hydrated despite the non-stop heat. Fruit would have been nice at the checkpoints but I managed to carry sufficient gels. I was glad of my Garmin track for navigation as I'd have struggled with just the map with a line on. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Lovely atmosphere, well organised but some navigation issues. In full: This was a great race - it was my first Ultra and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The people at the check points were very kind and encouraging. This could have been a great race for beginners but the navigation was tricky. The map was not well reproduced and the course had been outlined in red making it difficult to see the features underneath- needs looking at. Date of review: June 7, 2011
In short: Excellent scenery, good organisation, some tricky navigation. In full: Really nice course well thought out, but some close navigation required could catch a few out - maybe a few more arrows or signs needed? Seemed to be a high standard of runners entered into the race but my girlfriend and I (very near the back) felt very welcomed and really enjoyed the day, and def the fruit cake. Date of review: June 5, 2011