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
In short: Best race around! Glorious off-road coastal run with everything you could wish for! In full: This is quite simply the best race around! With distances for everyone from 11 miles up to 64 is is a great, social event that provides a huge challenge for all runners, even if you 'only' do the 11.
The organisation is exceptional, from registration, transport, marshals and checkpoints, right through to the finish, everything has been thought of.
The checkpoints deserve a mention of their own; fully stocked with an array of sweets, cakes and drinks, it was like a pick and mix, bakery and (non-alcoholic!) bar all mixed into one!
Instant results upon finishing (a 35min p.b. for me!), massage, photographs, etc. all there as well as numerous food stalls and a bar.
The whole event was followed by a live band and disco with bar open all evening, although I couldn't stay for this.
Onsite camping at very cheap prices was very popular, with some clubs using the event as a summer social weekend.
This really is an event run by runners, for runners. The guys in charge really know what they are doing and go out of their way to make it the best event possible.
I forgot to add, the 20 mile race started in a cave! Worth entering just for that! Date of review: August 17, 2013
In short: A gruelling muddy coastpath run In full: This was the first running of this event, although the organisation was as good as if it was an established race.
Heavy rain the day before ensured heavy, thick mud for much of the run. The run was very tough with very few flat parts. The uphills were tough and the downhills even tougher. Unfortunately a bit of mist meant poor view at the start but once it lifted the views over the sea were glorious. Not a run for the faint hearted but certainly one that was enjoyed by all. Only heard good reviews afterwards. I shall be keeping an eye open for entries opening again for next year. Date of review: August 19, 2012
In short: Cracking off-road run - more races like this in Cornwall please! In full: A tough challenge, both with the terrain and the weather to match. The first 2.5 miles are all flat or downhill before you hit the first of many uphills. The ground is rough and uneven which makes the hills twice as hard as if they were on the road. A nice run across the beach, climbing (literally for some) up the coastal paths and fields whilst looking out on amazing scenery makes this a fantastic race.
The venue is good for those who have partners left behind looking after children as their is a good park as well as a small theme park with some rides for older children.
Organisation is spot on. Plenty of marshals, lots of smiling faces and a clearly marked course.
The weather today was very windy and at one point included driving hail which hammered into you and tried to push you backwards!
I shall be back. My only wish is that there were more off-road races of this calibre in Cornwall. Why, in an area with such outstanding beauty, there are so many road races I'll never know. Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: Cracking run over some hilly off-road trails In full: This was the slowest half marathon I have done, simply due to the big hills and tough terrain. A normal road half for me would take about 1hr32 and today I took 1hr42.
However, the views were glorious, one minute atop a hill with views of the countryside, then soon afterwards running alongside a peaceful river.
The runners were a good mix of club runners, firefighters and people who were just there for the challenge of completing the distance.
The only negatives that I could come up with were that the weather was a bit warm and the water was handed out in bottles. I only usually have a mouthful or two at each drink station so over the course of the run ended up throwing away the best part of 4 bottles of water. Cups would have been loads better and would have surely saved the organisers money!
However, this isn't even a moan, more of a thought for next year.
I'll certainly be looking out for this race next year and would highly recommend it to all! Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: A favourite race of mine - plenty of hills and mud. In full: Race started poorly when, firstly I couldn't hear the woman who started the race (maybe a megaphone is required considering there are 600+ runners?). Secondly, there were a lot of slower runners who congregated towards the front line and who caused queues once we were on the first footpath as they slowed down but people couldn't overtake. In fact I was restricted to walking parts of the first mile due to congestion on the narrow paths. However, once the track widened around the mile mark the congestion eased and overtaking was easier. The route from here was great. Very muddy in many places (around 6-8 inches deep) and plenty of hills - just the way I like it. I was a little disappointed in myself as I had to walk a little bit of the last hill (which I ran up last year) but delighted to find I was nigh on 2 minutes quicker than the previous year! A good race and I will return. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: A good little race with a challenging hill and rough off road paths. In full: I was looking forward to a good old 'scramble' on a Saturday morning but, with the exception of 1 tough hill through a farmers field the rest was run on grassy paths across the moor. It was nice but not quite a scramble! I was hoping for something a bit tougher and muddier!
The two best bits were the view from the high points on a lovely day and the gorgeous cakes at the end that enticed me to spend some money. Date of review: October 30, 2010
In short: Loved the whole day! In full: I ran the half and loved the challenging hilly course. The marshalls were amazing, the drinks stations perfectly placed, the runners supported each other well and the finish was brilliant - downhill and with views of the crowds gathering around below you, hearing the cheers of support for those in front finishing. Nice pasty, nice ale and nice walk around the biomes afterwards. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Very Quick race with a lot of PBs in perfect running weather In full: The course is a nice flat one with about half run on compact trails and half on roads. The weather conditions today were perfect, temperature was good with some lovely, light drizzle.
At the finish a lot of people I spoke with had either hit their PB or come close to it.
If you cannot get a PB at Indian Queens then you can't get one anywhere.
Somewhere in the region of 600 runners today which is excellent for a race of this distance.
Well organised and I'll be back next year. Date of review: August 1, 2010