In short: Fast and flat, excellent organisation, Marshalls and locals among the best anywhere In full: Thanks once more to the organisers for putting together another wonderful race. A tad hot for me at this time of year and had to stop for a couple of mins to hydrate properly. Still manged to take 4 mins off my PB though! Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Hills, very sticky mud, and a big smile all the way round. Boy is it tough! In full: I’d just like to give my thanks to PJC and all who gave their time today.
If you've never done this race and are looking through here to decide, then decide no more. Enter now, you will not regret it.
I ran with a smile, I finished with a smile, all thanks to the myriad marshals handing out drinks, jelly beans, fruit pastilles, cake, mars bars, bananas etc without which I’d have never made it round! Along the route not only were the marshals highly encouraging but also the amount of locals who came out to watch and cheer the runners on.
My special thanks go to the Pink Ladies just after the 7m mark who you could hear for a while before, and a while after. Being able to hear them cheering very vocally every runner for the best part of 10% of the race was very lifting.
The camaderie amongst the runners was special, keeping each other going through the tough times
This was my first and it certainly lived up to the toughness I’d been led to expect, and exceeded that.
My heartfelt thanks for putting this race on and to all those people that allow us to run across such beautiful ground.
In short: Do it, you really have to, along with the Terminator next month. Flat as a millpond. Honest...... ;-) In full: After the recent rains it was better underfoot than I'd envisioned. Had the craic with a few people on the way round. I want one day to see someone running up the hill you need your hands as much as your feet....Fanatastic organisation, Marshalls were very encouraging. Well done all involved. Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Sometimes I spent more time going sideways in the mud than forwards.... In full: Wasn't sure if I should due to a knee injury but glad I did. Very much fun was had, tarmac, track, and mud on gently rolling land. Views to Silbury Hill, the Ridgeway and various Barrows. Very friendly and encouraging marshalls and fellow competitors. My last race of the year and good to go out with a big smile on my face. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Tough but fun. In full: If you like going down hill then this is the race for you. Of course you have to go up hill first. Or up steps. Lots of them. As I came around the corner for my first ever site of the Beast, involutarily out of my mouth came the phrase ' Oh God. You're joking? I have to run up there?....' (There may have been some more unrepeatable Anglo-Saxon type language, but you get the gist!). Smooth as silk oganisation, very encouraging marshalls, lovely countryside a real pleasure to run. I will be going back next year for my second race with the full knowledge of what's around the corner. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Excellent. What every race should aspire to In full: Great and encouraging Marshalls, the locals on the very rural course giving every encouragement, a very friendly atmosphere. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: The best thing about the race are the crowds who give their all to spur you on In full: Thanks to all the people who give their time to look after us, water us, feed us. The crowds are fantastic the whole way round the course Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Oh the hills. The Mud. The Water. The fun fun fun. In full: Big smile, enjoyed every mile. If you like a challange and enjoy views this is definetly for you. Every aspect was way above average to excellent. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Glad I parked the car 1 1/2 miles away! In full: Nice to see the dockyard and it's associated history, then through bland streets until you head back to the seafront. The spectators wer marvellous at supporting runners as they went through, very uplifting. For me, everything went very well on the organisation front, apart from the start. My fastest mile was number 4 once it had all settled down. Very expensive in comparison to similar races and you don't get anything more tangible for it. I'll do it again, and hope to be injury free next time..... Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: A fair mix of tarmac/track, and a bit of grass. Oh, and the hills just make it better. In full: This was my second ever race, the first being the Reading HM in March. Felt perfectly at ease, wonderful organisation in a lovely setting. Everybody was friendly and helped a newby to feel they belonged there. Date of review: September 29, 2009