Doyen of the Downs 30

End of year fun run?

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21/09/2010 at 21:50

Who's in?

I absolutely loved this last year the mud made it a real tough race.

 The organisers take a battering on this site but I have nothing to moan about. I've run at three of their events and race day has always been very enjoyable.

So I'm in... Hoping for the mud again!

GKD
22/09/2010 at 07:13

   I wouldn't piss on Extreme Running if they were on fire, biggest bunch of useless, feckless, uninterested in their customers tossers I've ever had the misfortune to have any dealings with. And you can quote me on that.

GKD
22/09/2010 at 08:57

Do tell Lirish?

22/09/2010 at 09:09

I've run a few of their events. They've been 'ok', and just about only 'ok.' They weren't worth the money. And as they've put their prices up on all events by a squillion pounds since then, they've priced themselves out of the market for most, I hardly know anyone going back to their events, they're just going elsewhere as the prices are now a complete and utter joke for what the events are and what you get for that money. Doyen was ok last year, but I'll be doing a different event on that day this year.

22/09/2010 at 09:27
I did this last year and I found it almost traumatic!  But I think that was probably more down to the course being a bit tricky in sections rather than the organisation.  Im undecided re: this year - didn't realise the prices had gone up.  By much??
22/09/2010 at 09:35
I did this one last year - have fun
22/09/2010 at 10:09
I have to say the price increase is putting me off a bit too. I enjoyed it last year but I am not sure it is worth £47, I think it it was about £36 last year and I didn't think it was value for money then. But I did enjoy the race and now I only live about 6 miles from Arundel so it is easy for me to do. I also feel I should support local races... but it is expensive. Decision decisions.  
GKD
22/09/2010 at 16:36

    I entered the London to Brighton in March this year but in April I injured my patellar femoral tendon and took the decision a month ot two later that because of my enforced lay off I wouldn't be able to regain enough fitness to have a decent chance of completing the course within the cut off time limit.

 I e-mailed Extreme Running asking if I could transfer my place or defer it or get a part refund bearing in mind that my cancellation was still almost our months before the race and I had checked their website for their T&Cs to confirm that transfers weren't forbidden. I e-mailed them seven times before they finally deigned to reply and when they did it was quite literally a one line e-mail saying ' We don't give refunds/transfers/deferrals'

 I emailed a further twelve times over the next couple of months asking a variety of questions like where are your T&Cs, who is your board of directors so I can take a small claims out etc etc but each and every e-mail was ignored.

 When they finally started sending out the race packs to other runners, bearing in mind I had just asked about cancelling, I expected mine in the post as I had another runner who was willing to run in my place but I found out that, despite the run being full for the past couple of months, the organisers were still re selling the places of runners who had dropped out due to injury or double bookings. Needless to say I never got my race pack and all e-mails asking where it was were ignored.

GKD
22/09/2010 at 21:10

I'll shut up then...

GKD
22/09/2010 at 21:24

Dill that's just my experience but from chatting to others who've used them they seem at best disinterested in their customers. In comparison with Extreme Running I paid I think £84 for the L2B which was just for one race, I've just entered the mightcontainuts series of a 30 miler on the Black Mountains, a 40 miler on the Brecons and a 50 miler in the Wyw Valley all for the princely sum of £70

GKD
23/09/2010 at 20:23

Hey I understand your pissed and I would be too.

I'm just keeping things light hearted although I do agree the events are way expensive.

That said they are localish to me and run in one of the most stunning areas in the south of England which is probably why I like them.

26/09/2010 at 17:01
Whilst I understand the commercialities of these running companies ( they are there to make a profit after all) the customer experience has to match and by the sounds of it they definitely don't! their prices are really starting to take the piss I whilst I was thinking about running this this year I certainly won't be at £47!!!

And if we all stick together these rip off race event companies will have no choice but to rethink why they exist and what they want to achieve.
26/09/2010 at 17:22
Now this is more like it... Check out the Winter Tanners on the 9th Jan organised by the LDWA. it costs just £2.50!!! option of a 20 or 30 miler!! Unbelievable hhmmm let me think.... £47 or £2.50!?
http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/viewevent.asp?en=58049&sp=&v=2
27/09/2010 at 12:42
Tanners is actually a very similar style run to Doyen. Except there is better food and drink
27/09/2010 at 19:35

Cheers for the tip off - Shame I liked the DotD last year

29/09/2010 at 12:30
Would this be a good first ultra? I did beachy head marathon last year, which was bloody hard work (but admittedly hadn't really trained for it so deserved the pain I got), but have done a lot more training this year with IMCH, and would like to round off the year with an ultra.
29/09/2010 at 14:27

It was my first step up to Ultras last year as its a small step-up from the marathon distance and a good challenging and varied trail, however if you read our points above its definately not without its faults.  Still, its a good distance to start with, its just a big price to pay for it!

I'm still undecided....

30/09/2010 at 21:29
50km is defo a good first ultra distance. From reading last years race reports there are large sections of the course which in poor conditions (guaranteed in December!) aren't very runnable!! This isn't necessarily a negative and can be alot of fun and a challenge but if you are looking for a runnable ultra then others may suit. Breckon ultra is in Dec too. Amazing scenery!! Tough hills
01/10/2010 at 19:06
I don't mind bad conditions to be honest, it'll stop me trying to run the whole thing too hard, which is probably a good thing knowing what I'm like. Happy to walk the really bad bits and then canter round the rest. I'll probably come last, but there we are.
02/10/2010 at 08:58

If the conditions were like last year it will be ankle deep mud most of the way round. That just adds to the fun.

As for coming last I wouldn't worry in those conditions it is an achievement just finishing.

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