In short: Cracking race In full: This was my second ultra and I loved it. Great scenery, varied terrain and views. Marshals were all cheerful enough apart from the air cadets who were all pretty miserable and looked like they had been volunteered. Only downsides were water in cups and rubbish medal. All in all it was a cracking race Date of review: March 28, 2013
In short: Course is good...though a few other problems In full: A nicely undulating mix of mainly off-road New Forest tracks (with a surprising amount of mud, for so little rain) and some 'civilised' tarmac underfoot. Basically 3 times around to make the 50k. Good shower/toilet facilities. Easy parking. Nice tee-shirt.
Water stations - the dreaded 'water in plastic-cups' scenario. One with Clif products etc.
I had to withdraw after 15 or so miles (ankle problem, as you ask)here is my experience. There seemed to be no organised 'rescue/emergency' protocol in place. I merely had a painful ankle and could walk - but the marshalls seemed ill-equipped to deal with anything. The first I limped past just said 'keep going'. The second, a spotty-faced youth sitting on a post said 'are you OK dude?' DUDE!! My reply was more sarcastic than aggressive/angry. After walking for sometime (and starting to feel quite chilly) I was given a lift back to the start/finish by a very nice man from a water-station; this didn't seem to be his 'job', he just did it because he was a good sort. Make your own minds up about whether this is the level of organisation one should expect for a 30mile run, much of it off-road, costing £ratheralot. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Great course, big price, terrible medal!!! In full: Great course with good overall organisation. I justified the rather large entry by telling myself that usually that comes with a good bit of bling..... not so..... a bit of wood with a smear on it.... poor show! Date of review: March 10, 2013