In short: Time for a change!... In full: Positive first: I LOVE the course and travel a long way to do this race every year. I've done it 5 or 6 times and have IDENTICAL medals! Not kidding, no date on the medal nor on the ribbon so they are identical. I was very disappointed this year hence this review. I am no fast runner but really didn't appreciate being asked at EVERY marshalling point whether I was the last runner. One of the marshals tried to suggest I should take the shorter option even though I'd met the cut off time. Sorry guys, but when I run, I look in front of me, not behind so don't know how many runners, if any, are behind me. Depressing!The sweeper bike got lost twice then I was lumbered with a tail runner who was very close to me, so basically in MY 'space' until I told her to step back. Despite an email ahead of time requesting additional water at a particular point in the race (based on previous experience), there wasn't any. It's not good value for money either. £18 affiliated for the same medal and a memento is not great. No goody bag. This year we got a 'thing' which is a bottle opener at one end and a letter opener at the other. Not sure where I'm supposed to keep it, in the kitchen or the study? It would be a shame to lose this race as the course is great but now is the time to pass it on to the hands of professional organisers. I will do it again if it is and I won't if it's not. Date of review: November 21, 2015
In short: Very freindly but extremly TOUGH 20 miler In full: This is the first time I have done this race and loved it I will be back, hills are hard but I love down hills and there where plenty of them. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Loved it In full: This was such a fantastic race. Very low-key but even so the route was very clearly sign-posted, there were marshals in the most useful places and there were plenty of water stops + a gel or sports drink. Everyone was friendly and had encouraging words to say to you.
The route was difficult with lots of long and some very steep hills but the scenery was breathtaking which took your mind off the pain!
There was lovely goody bag at the end plus cake, water and sports drink. I look forward to next time. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Smashing course and super marshals In full: This is a low-key classic. (Lower key than I'd expected, in fact - it starts in a car park with a 'ready steady go', and there probably weren't more than 200 runners.) A smashing course (doubtless even better on a clear day), hard but not sadistic, with fabulous marshals who seemed oblivious to the horizontal rain. No signposting problems, and excellent cake at the end. Date of review: October 13, 2013
In short: Nails In full: By far the hardest thing I have done, I am a relative beginner to longer trail runs and certainly underestimated this. Some of the hills are so steep running up them is near impossible save for the leading runners no doubt. Really tough but incredible scenery, coming down from "the snake" and overlooking the sea particularly beautiful, plus great value (socks and a decent medal for £12 entry) make this one to remember. Ill be back, but i think more hill training beforehand next time!! Thanks to the very supportinve marshalls Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: Very tough, but worth it... In full: I did the 2011 race and as expected it was pretty tough, with no chance of a PB, although that's not the point. Excellent training if you are doing an Autumn/Winter marathon and the scenery makes up for some of those steep hills. Would definitely recommend it, but not for the faint hearted. Date of review: October 10, 2011