In short: Fun First off road duathlon In full: This race was on a great location. The people organizing the event were great help for a first timer. The trail run was great, the beginning of the bike route was TOUGH. Sandy & uphill. There were a few places I felt like I was barely moving, but the technical areas were awesome! I could see how beginners would be intimidated though. I sure was on the first lap. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: My first ever duathlon and I loved every minute of it. Never rated a race before (obviously) but certainly so good I'll be going back next year in the hope of beating my time! NIce steady run with a fairly technical (for me) MTB section k In full: My first ever duathlon and my first ever race full stop!! I loved every minute of it. Never rated a race before (obviously) but certainly so good I'll be going back next year in the hope of beating my time! Nice steady run with a fairly technical (for me) MTB section kept meant I had to keep focused or I'd end up in a ditch!
If you are thinking about it - do it you won't be disappointed. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Snow made things more challenging. Single track pretty technical, may scare off beginners. Great organistation, great race. In full: Not sure if this review is in the right place, there seems to be reviews for an ultra listed under the duathlon link...
Pretty challenging start conditions, wet snow made it slippy in places. Run loop pretty nice, mix of flat beside the river (slippery in the snow) and undulating tracks through the woods. Oddly enough, seemed easier the second time around (possibly because much of the snow had melted).
Cycle leg was more challenging than I was expecting, each lap must have taken me close to half an hour! Fire track difficult to read in the snow, a few unexpected bumps in there! Single track took a lot of concentration, showed up my lack of off road riding! Some of the rutted stuff would probably put off less adventurous beginners, indeed I saw a few people who seemed to have pulled out.
All in all, a good race. Potentially faster under better weather conditions, but could also be worse under prolonged wet weather! Date of review: February 21, 2010
In short: Definately an ultra of two halves In full: Excellent Race. Weather was terrible, driving rain, very cold wind and in places 4-6 inches of snow with 4- 6 inches of boggy mud underneath! I started off well, and for the first time ever, was in the front bunch when they took the wrong route and came back to meet me! Got to c14 miles and had lost the group and because I was following them, not the map, I was completely lost! Waited 15 minutes for the next runner to put me back on track (Thanks TMR). Got to the canal in very good time (for me) but due to poor Xmas training, wilted quickly although I finished on target at under 9 hours(12mpm) The organisation was excellent, the goodies, particularly at cp3 were brilliant and the cup of tea at the end was probably the best I have ever tasted! Great medals and t-shirts too - all in all, a great race, fantastic commaraderie and good value - a fantastic event. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: great day out. Mud, a bit of snow, hills and canal boats! In full: Super event. Tough although the course got easier once it hit the Grand Union canal. Loved the checkpoints (cp three was the best with a choice of jelly babies, sausage rolls and pork pie snd fruit cake!).
Run into Little Venice was something special as were the puddles on the approach to cp two and the mud flows post cp two. This was my first Ultra - and although I can hardly walk now (four hours after the event) it has stirred my passion for such events. Thanks Go Beyond. Superb event. You should be proud of yourselves. Improvements for next year? Maps that don't dissolve in rain!! Date of review: January 16, 2010
In short: well done to the gobeyond team for a fantastic race In full: Ok, so the first 9 miles ended up taking near on 2 hours with the snow, ice, mud, driving rain, no way markers and a map that disintegrated in the rain. But so what! Any complaints about that, then you are not man, or woman enough to do this race. Great support at the checkpoints, the cake was spot on, as were the timely scotch eggs, food and a cup of tea at the finish. Technical top and medal....steve, you have done really well with the 45 miler and I will be doing your events in the future. This is exactly how ultra marathons should be run Date of review: January 16, 2010