In short: Fantastic event. In full: Very hot, numerous water stations, some in unexpected places! Thanks for that. Great event well organised. Scenery absolutely stunning! Date of review: September 23, 2010
In short: My first half marathon!!! In full: Really tough course. I had been training hard for this since January and knew the course would be tough. I wasn't disappointed! However it is all worth it. The views are spectacular, the support was superb, the organisation was faultless and when i started to feel a little faint with a mile to go the marshall who came to help was brilliant. I completed the course and had it not been for a 'wobble' towards the end would have done it in a half decent time. I hope to be back next year and recommend it to anyone who is considering any future running of the event. Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: My favourite marathon so far! In full: Brilliantly organized, superb scenery, interesting course, seal-spotting AND A CREAM TEA AT THE END!!! AND us slower ones missed the England-Germany game which turned out to be a good thing :) Date of review: July 6, 2010
In short: Great Run In full: Great Run but tough. I did the half, that was all I can cope with these days. Great organisation for a first time event, plenty of water stations, plenty of great Marshals, good support all the way around. It was a hot day but that was predicted so nothing to complain about. Overall a great event. Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: WOW ! What a fantastic day In full: Congratulations to all involved in putting this race on. The scenery was absolutely stunning, but the course was one of the toughest I have ever done, especially the second half. Can't fault the organisation, plenty of water stations and really friendly marshalls. Will be recommending this to every one at the club. Really hope this becomes an annual event. Date of review: July 2, 2010
In short: For me and so far it`s the best event of the year... In full: Excellent event. Yes it was tough going out there & yes you could not really run much from 16-19 but I forgot all that from 21 onwards.
Wonderful support from all of the marshals. So many water stations. Top race for scenery. Even saw Sammy the Seal sunbathing by the point.
In short: Breath taking Climbs on mostly Coast path In full: Had to be the hottest day of the year. As we hadn't had a rain for a while, the course was bone dry & dusty. This made for a very tough race. The mile long climb out of Lee at mile 19 was killer. Very well organised and marshalled race. Plenty of water stations & directions. Hopefully become a regular event.
In short: An absolutely brilliant trail marathon that capture everything that I love about running. In full: Don't get me wrong, this was a very tough marathon - the pre-race instructions and website information was open about this, and to take place on the hottest day of the year!
For a debut event, the organisers thought of everything in my opinion. Great location, plenty of space to congregate and get registered before the start, and clear communication.
The weather was fantastic. Glorious sunshine but maybe too hot for running 26.2 miles. However, this 'Area of Outstanding Natural beauty' didn't disappoint, and I don't recall enjoying an event as much as this one for a very long time. Never been to Woolacombe, and it is certainly worth a visit even though it's well off the beaten track.
From the route description, I knew this was going to be a challenging trail run. 3,000ft of ascent speaks for itself! However, the course was brilliantly marked, the terrain was wonderfully varied - footpaths, grassland, fields, rocky slopes, steps, stiles and gates - with minimal tarmac. It is down to personal preference, but I really think the bulk of this marathon was runnable (not like the Exmoor Coastal Marathon from last month!)- fitness and sensible pacing permitting. The first half was challenging enough, and the second half had some good climbs from 14-16miles, and one or two more leading up to 20 miles, but the bulk of the final 6 miles were either flat or downhill - a great fast finish if you had left something in the tank.
The organisers have obviously worked extremely hard to stage this event. The reacted to the hot weather by laying on extra water stations (more than the generous 12 that were planned) each with water, orange, bananas and jelly babies. For a remote course, there were so may marshals who were so friendly and encouraging - they were proud of this event and were enthusiastic and welcoming without exception. The route markings were spot on and you didn't have to go far without another arrow being present to reassure you that you were on track.
Loved the finishing straight with superb commentary. Medal, water and free creams teasavailable in abundance!
Please don't change a thing about this event. The figure of eight route for the marathon keep things interesting and challenging. Two laps of the half marathon course wouldn't have been the same.
Thanks again for a great event and see you in 2011! Date of review: June 28, 2010