In short: Horizontal rain + gale force winds + coastal scenery = AWESOME In full: My first foray into an event of this type and one that I shall remember for a long long time. I will be back for more! Date of review: April 11, 2012
In short: A challenge but an event to make you smile (afterwards!) In full: As always with Endurancelife events, this was a great day out. Fantastic atmosphere and friendly helpful organisers and I came away immediately wanting to sign up to the next. The course was expectedly tough and there were some technical sections where the terrain was tricky but the camraderie during these races is something rarely seen during a clubby road race. The terrain and windy conditions means there is no chance of a pb - I think the average half marathon time is 2hrs 20 mins - but the scenery is amazing and the air so fresh. Showers at the end would have been nice as many travel a long way to the coastal races but apart from that no other grumbles! Date of review: January 24, 2012
In short: The decent from Heaven In full: Did the 10k. Really tough start straight up a hill, certainly got the blood moving. The Dorset countryside continues to fascinate me in just how gorgeous it is. This gives a nice distraction when climbing up the hills. The decent down Golden Cap has got to be my favourite, steep, muddy, slippery, bumpy. the beach wasn't as bad as I had expected, enough firm sand / shale to get good traction. Didn't see the signs for the river crossing until I got to the bridge which was a bit disapointing. Really enjoyable, I'll be doing the Half next time. Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: Worth the pain! In full: This was my first Endurancelife race but it definitely won't be my last even though it was by far the toughest half I've ever run and I took well over an hour longer than my pb! But yes I did stand for a while on top of the hills to soak in the amazing views and yes I did take time in the eco challenge side of the event and gathered up rubbish from the beach on the way back to the finish. Which made it pretty special. The organisation was superb. Thanks for all the hills, mud, stiles, sheep, rocks, cliffs, brambles, pebbles, sand...... Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Hilly, muddy and generally fantastic In full: I wasn't sure how hard it was going to be because I didn't see the course elevation for the marathon until the morning of the race... It was hard! At about halfway I thought I'd had it (especially after a mile of loose pebbles which sapped the energy from my body), but the glorious countryside and friendliness of the other runners and all the marshals kept me going.
The cost for one race is quite steep (less if you enter more), but given the formidable organisation I can understand why!
Well worth the money, I'll probably sign up for a couple more next year. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Breathtaking - hardest marathon I've completed to date. Loved it. In full: Stunning scenery, friendly marshals, very well organised. I've seen so much mud in life and boy those beach sections were tough. I'll definitely be back and look forward to the rest of the series. Date of review: November 7, 2009
In short: Just a great, great event - a real high! In full: Scenery great, excellent organisation and a seriously challenging course. Didn't give it the respect it deserves last year and paid the price - this time prepared well and took 35 minutes off of last year. You know you've done this one - see you next year and maybe for the next Series!! Date of review: March 2, 2008