End of year fun run?
I ran L2B and Doyen last year and really enjoyed both.
Unfortunately Extreme have priced me out of their market for me to return.
Jelly baby - Doyen not much harder than Beachy, even with the rain and mud.
I ran the inaugrual race in 2008 and then last year too. The first one was great as it was my first ultra and I didn't know what to expect. Last year was less attractive as many of the areas were flooded and the course was redirected on a less challenging and more boring route. 1st time round was cheap. It went up last year. It is now £49!!!! Ridiculous. It is for what? An assortment of corner shop biscuits in the latter stages, water and a t-shirt and shot glass.
There is a lovely photo of me running through the frosty stages of 2008 on their website but Extreme Running have been equally frosty with me. Within 24 hours of signing up for another event, L2B, I was given a work committment that I could not change. They refused to refund my money (£86!) and refused to defer me a year and even when I requested that they allow me to enter a much cheaper event of theirs (Brighton Trail marathon - £35) and keep my entry fee they did not return any of my 6 emails.
Ultra running is a close-knit community and I hear more and more negative press about these guys at runs across the country. If they treat their customers so badly, these races will be the stuff for first time ultra-runners and those that are not affected by these austere times. One interesting point is that following such negative comments on their own forum, they shut it down. What message does that send to us Ultra-Runners?
Check out LDWA events as these are well stocked events for water/food and support........ or for the ultimate challenge, including such a huge amount of food (jacket potatoes, soup, quiche, sandwiches, hot dogs, tea, coffee, chocolate, energy gels and every other food you could think of at 9 checkpoints - the Ridgeway 85 miler (best race in 2010!) Only £37.50.
I am not going to run an Extreme Running event until these guys lower their prices to realistic levels and provide a level of customer service that even the VLM can do with 35,000 entrants!!!
I am doing the winter tanners as an LDWA member - £3 entrance fee!
Hmmm, I've heard mixed reviews - and they haven't replied to a couple of emails. I think i'll probably still do it, unless anyone can recommend an event down south in december of around 30 miles?
Also, what shoes would you recommend for this? I did beachy head last year in my road shoes (it was a very very last minute entry) and they were, as expected, totally inappropriate. Something like the inov8 mudclaw, or something a bit less mud specific?
Hi ultrab and benyo
Like you guys I did the L2B and the DotD last year - both great races but not for the support/goodies. I thought the L2B at £80+ quid was ridiculous but the DotD for £47 .... last year I got a shot glass and 2 stale bourbons! Sticking to better supported/managed races now.
Who is up for the London Ultra and Thames Trot next year?
For anyone that doesn't know - doyen of the Downs has been cancelled. I only found this out by accident - the organisers haven't thought to email all those who have actually entered to tell us this.
Winter Tanners it is then. Saved myself some money too
has it been cancelled???
It's on the website. i'm amazed they didn't think to email us all. - http://www.extremerunning.org/index.php?page=Doyen%20of%20the%20Downs
Really disappointed to see this is cancelled. Anyone have any ideas for other events on the same date?
Highly recommend LDWA events- Founders was brilliant.
Great idea Arthur! Good luck with it.
I am afraid I have commited to a family party this weekend now, but I wish you well and hope you get lots of interest and raise your money for charity. Perhaps you could do it next year too? So few events on this time of year.
Anyone heard anything about a refund yet from the organisers of Doyens?? Where do we stand on this?
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