In short: Superb scenery and slick organisation make for the best race of the year. In full: This is without doubt one of the best races in the country. The organisation was slick which made for a stress free race experience. All you have to do is run! Unfortunately the scenery is brutal. This could be the toughest race in the country as it's up or down almost constantly. I did the 32 mile route which was stunning. Frequent aid stations are all well stocked. The race village is great and offers a genuine weekend camping experience including on the Friday night a talk by the legendary Mini Anderson. Multiple food options which open in time for the buses to the race starts. Well worth a weekend stay in addition to running along some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Maybe a good option for a club weekend as there are 64mile, 32, 20 and 10 mile options...something for all! Date of review: August 28, 2014
In short: THE Race of the year In full: An amazing event, Stunning views,Festival atmosphere, Hard as nails course, but options for all ability/speeds. A race to build a holiday around. The organisation is textbook, Incredible support crews and marshals that go out of their way to get you to the finish. Bring on 2015 !!!! Date of review: August 27, 2014
In short: Fantastic!!! In full: What an excellent race! This was my first ultra, the first time I'd ran at night and the first time I'd ran on trails. But the support from the volunteers and other runners, as well as the stunning scenery, made every step of the 100km enjoyable. I absolutely loved the whole event and can't wait to have another go at it!
In short: My favourite race of the year! In full: Third time for me and an upgrade to the 32miler - my first ultra.
As always, this was an incredible event and one that challenges and inspires at the same time. The views this year were second to none - why anyone would want to run anywhere else after running this route I'll never know.
The route is tough but this gives a real sense of accomplishment as you crawl up the final hill before mustering a full blown sprint (hobble) to the finish line.
I shall be back next year, returning to improve my time on the 32. The problem once I've achieved a better time is the only way is up... Date of review: August 24, 2014