In short: Hard as hell and potentially habit forming! In full: I envy those who came to Dartmoor for the first time on Saturday, and experienced the entire event with fresh eyes. Their eyes might have been stinging with sweat on some of the climbs, but the mental pictures they were capturing all the way along the route will stay with them for a long time to come, and help keep the fires stoked for next year (Never again? Don't kid yourself!).
Dartmoor is a very special place and the DD is a very special race - long may it continue. Date of review: June 6, 2006
In short: Highly scenic, lumpy in places, and deceptively fast. In full: The majority of this very enjoyable multi-terrain race is off-road, following a scenic footpath through the Penrose Estate down to Loe Pool, and across the sand bar that separates it from the Sea. Grit your teeth and dig in for the ascent out of Loe Bar along the coastal path - it's a long drag up to the main road past RNAS Culdrose, and back into Helston. By way of compensation, the views from the coastal path to Gunwalloe and beyond take some beating. 2006 was a record breaking year for the event in terms of entries, and both Men's and Women's course records were smashed in the almost perfect weather. Date of review: April 10, 2006
In short: Well organised event with PB potential In full: Only one hill worthy of the name, and that was short and sharp. A nice undulating course, which was largely traffic free except for the first and final miles. Race Marshals were spot-on, efficiently ushering runners across one fairly busy road and around the final roundabout. Date of review: October 2, 2005
In short: Nice course, but organisation could have been better at the start. In full: It was my first 10K, and I managed a pretty creditable time, so I can't be disappointed on that score. I do echo the sentiments of Running Rabbit though - the organisation at the start could have been better, as the kids were mixed in with the grown ups and the starting hooter sounded while we were still being urged to move back to the official start line. Unlike RR, I managed to snag a medal as I finished with the first half of the pack. I'll be back again as it's a local event for me (I only live 5 miles up the road), but I do hope that the organisation is a bit better next time. Having said that, the race has been going for over 10 years, so you'd think they'd have it down to a fine art by now! Date of review: August 13, 2005