In short: Amazing ultra - but not for feint hearted In full: I belong to the Trail Running Association that hold this event and it was my first time taking part in this mammoth undertaking. I've also done many other long distance ultras but this one will go down as one of the toughest. Fantastic event held and organised by the TRA which was faultless in nearly every way. The checkpoints were full of everything you could need to keep you going and everyone was very enthusiastic which helped at those night time stations.
The route was reasonably well marked most of the time when you were on track but when going through towns at night and in the rain were a little harder to negotiate and as a result nearly got lost a few times. I can understand why the organisers haven't produced a road book as the route is marked most of the way by small acorns on posts but this may be something to add for the future.
Brilliant in so many other ways though and I'll be back again. Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: All aspects superb In full: What a great event. Many thanks to all the clubs along the route that manned the check points for hours on end into the cold and wet night Date of review: August 26, 2012
In short: Great VFM, one of the best events I've ever run in In full: Great atmosphere, superb checkpoints manned by incredible, helpful, smiling saints filling you full of food (hot dogs, tea, coffee, marmite sandwiches, salami and, bizarrely, pickled eggs...) and a route that really shows some of the best of the English countryside. It's challenging, yes, but then let's why we do it isn't it? Really can't speak highly enough of this event. Date of review: September 1, 2010
In short: Fabulous support which was particularly welcome at those through the night check points. Great value for money - I think I ate the value of my entry fee! Route pretty wel marked for novice ultra runners not wanting to add additoinal miles. Date of review: September 1, 2010
In short: Outstanding support, scenery and event In full: What a superb race. Take note all you charlatans that charge the earth and deliver nothing! The Ridgeway team are amazing. The secret formula? invite local clubs to man checkpoints for free places in the race. The distance was bonkers. The support from the marshalls at CPs and at feed stations was exceltional, particularly, CP2, Goring, CP6,7 and 8. Exceptional food and fluids on offer. The hills were nails, the relentlessness of it all and the warm welcome at the end after sunrise on the Wessex Downs was just amazing. Hats off to you for the best and hardest race I have done! Date of review: August 29, 2010