I loved it! The race the the gate is the funniest part of the event.... Loved the first half but didn't really like the canal but just because it views never seem to change.
I wore trail shoes all the way and it was fine. Organisation was great only downers I'd say was the medal was a little poo (if that's your thing?) and there wasn't much at the end i.e. I was given my bag got changed on the path and that was it.... But everyone probably got tired of waiting lol.
Oh the aid stations were good with cake and loads of GU gels etc. Not sure about the pink t-shirt at the end lol
Generally a great race, a decent organisation and I even ran for free supporting the Children's Trust which was really nice
I thought it was a good event and a great start.. I agree about the cut offs... I made the rookie mistake of taking the 13.5 time limit and setting that as my worst case pace but messed up as each CP had different paced times...
It was a shame as I knew it would be tight as I'm not fast and the going was slow in places and this with a few wrong turns had me get into CP2 with 10 mins to spare.
I pushed on and kept looking at the watch making sure in was under 13 min miles. I ran into CP3 at 33 miles and I'd managed an bonus mile! On my watch 7:17. I was surprised to hear I was well over the time especially as the RD had said they would extend times?
I know safety is main issue so didn't complain but kicked myself as I was on finishing pace and running steady. Just seen the results and I take my hat off to everyone that started but again was surprised to see people that started same time as me finish in nearly 14.5hrs?
Again I knew I'd be up against it time wise and generally the race was really well run for first time out, I just wish I'd read the times as many other events have a flat pace for cut offs and there seemed to be a little confusion. We'll done again though and nice to see some amazing staff on CP's with some of the best food I'd seen
I think it's amazing that so many runner etc. are helping Aid Stations! MANY THANKS! I've just come off one of the worst organised race experiences ever and seeing this is a refreshing change. Running this year but defo up for helping!
And for fuel .... flat coke for me but I do like a Mountain Dew towards the end lol! (I'll drop off the change)