In short: Tough, enjoyable, easy to get lost! In full: My third year running the 50k ultra. Each year I've got lost, but it is part of the experience. I even did a pre race recce to try and avoid wandering off course this year but still managed to do so in the heat of the race. At times the terrain is challenging for delicate ankles like mine, but overall it isn't too bad - you just need to know where to slow down. Marshals and checkpoints great, although I didn't stop much this year. To summarise - great feeling about the race, not a pb course, but enjoyable for a mornings run. Date of review: July 22, 2014
In short: Amateur organisation makes this a race for the amateur fun runner In full: Not a great start - I live locally and run around the course at least once a week but hadn't seen any advertising about this, so entered on the day. At least a dozen or so running friends were unaware of it taking place. Chaotic scenes at the race HQ upon arrival were supplemented by a lack of knowledge by the organisers available. Quite a number of people were left confused and annoyed by the fact that races begun at 7:30, but you had to pay from car parking from 9am; meaning some spectators had to leave to go and buy a ticket whilst the racing was taking place. Entering the 10k on the day I had to point out that I'd been given a race bag and chip for the 100k cycle sportive at first.. Whilst waiting for the 10k to start quite a few of the tri-athletes coming round on their run phase were vocal in their complaints about the organisation ("shocking", "disgusting", were some of the descriptions used) - although I can not comment personal on that event (as well as the 10k there were a couple of tri-athlons and a cycle sportive taking place, run by the same people). The 10k run itself was started in farcical fashion - the organiser talking to the runners about the course before suddenly launching into a "GO" as he started the race, much to everyones surprise. No chip timing mat at the start to run over? Stewards were okay, although one major turn was not signed or marshalled on the first lap. The course itself is fine, I run it once a week anyway, but a few people were about who clearly didn't know any of this was taking place and so were surprised at runners passing them by. I actually won the 10k, but my wife had to go and find the organiser to tell them I had finished. We only found out there was a prize giving a few days later when looking at the photo's online. No one at the finish line or the 2nd and 3rd place people knew that there was one.
Could be a great race, but baed on this years I wouldn't do it again or recommend it to friends. Date of review: May 30, 2013