In short: Great tough course. Excellent organisation at a price. In full: The CTS has been excellent for many years. Expertly organised (now very polished). I hadn't run South Devon and it was worth the new experience. Fewer runners than some other CTS which made the start easy and not too congested. The coast path was hard muddy rocky work as you would expect. Great views. A tough steep hill inland where the course diverted due to a recent landslide. I had been planning the marathon but downgraded. Damn grateful I did as 14m was enough (marathon was 29m). Tough muddy running but lots of fun. My only gripe is the cost of these events (but nobody is forcing me). Also, I had two runners new to CTS with me - both were surprised about "dibbing in" race timers. Seemed antiquated back in 2008 - now seem medieval. I will be back for more of these as they're some of the toughest coastal trail runs around. (PS DO NOT MISS THE FISH RESTAURANT (AKA SHACK) ON THE FRONT AT BEESANDS AFTER THE RACE. EXCELLENT FISH AND CHIPS BUT EVEN BETTER FRESH FISH. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Loved it but rubbish goody bag for £50 In full: I did the marathon the 29m marathon great race very unique loved it but £50 is steep for 3 check points no road closures that i say and only jelly babies and water at check points also the tshirt although a tech one only had ENDURANCE LIFE on it and made no reference to the race you did but you could buy a relevant hoddie etc also dog tag medal is novel but looks a bit cheap next to other cheaper medal races ive done end of the moan it was fantastic as a race hard but rewarding Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Great route between the Dart and Salcombe Estuaries In full: I did the "marathon" distance - definitely the best option for experiencing the coastline.
Like many trail races it's not for the feint hearted and experience of uneven terrain, hills and mud are all but essential.
Given the level organisation, amount of marshalls required, etc. I think the pricing is very reasonable.
Ideally I would have liked to have had something more than water and jelly babies at the checkpoints e.g. Coke, bananas, cake (the sort of things endurance runners love but find it hard to carry with them).
Didn't quite go to plan for me, so I'll probably be back again to do it justice. Date of review: February 13, 2013
In short: Brilliantly organised, beautiful course, friendly, if slightly expensive In full: I know a few people including me have said its a little expensive but you realise why when you go - lots of staff and support; registration very well organised if a little chocker at peak entry time; gantries etc all add up but make for a race with a very relaxed friendly atmosphere. Forget the extra couple of quid though - the mind-blowing scenery around Start Point is why you do this race. Flying over ridges with wide open vistas across the sea and vertical drops in front/side of you. Despite hugging the coast the first half is less hilly than the in-land home leg. I was sceptical about the staggered start, thinking everyone would do the 'competetive' group, but was roughly an even split and it worked really well to spread everyone along the narrow paths without congestion. The staged start times, longer distances first, meant that more people finishes together as the routes merged, which felt right as the runners built in number towards the end, a good strategy. Minor gripe: a couple extra loos and more hot water/kettles at the tea stand please! (I did the half-mara). Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: Another tough CTS day out in Devon In full: Endurancelife are not cheap but they do run some amazing races around the UK. This is another tough marathon but probably not quite as bad as Dorset/Exmoor! The initial route along the Devon coast is stunning. The back stretch in land is slightly less visually impressive but you have enough hills to worry about then. Recommended series...if a bit expenesive. Date of review: February 20, 2012
In short: Brilliant - organisation, course, everything In full: As always with Endurancelife's races, the organisation is faultless. Not cheap but worth it. Weather was kinder than expected though the mud was deeper. Great race Date of review: March 4, 2010