In short: Awesome In full: What a day. A fantastic first ultra for me and one I'll definitly do again. Brilliant support, and some of the check point marshalls must have been at their points for over 12 hours in places. Fantastic. Date of review: January 22, 2008
In short: Pretty slick for its first year! In full: For its first year in the city I thought it was very good. Course was a bit dull in places passing through industrial and housing estates, but there were some nicer rural stretches and I personally loved the canal paths. Certainly wasnt flat like advertised, but thankfully I dont mind the hills too much so wasnt too upset. I can see that someone choosing it as their first marathon because it was advertised as being flat could be a bit miffed though. I actually found the High5 not to bad to drink, and I was most impressed with the gels given out. Its not often you get free gels at 4 feeding stations in a marathon. The marshalls were superb, and I cant imagine how many St Johns volunteers there must have been in total! There were hundreds! The road closures were well organised, however I did struggle finding a road that was actually open that lead to the M69. Date of review: October 14, 2007
In short: A very high quality race In full: This was my third consecutive year at Ashby, first doing it in 2005 in prep for FLM. I havent bothered entering FLM since but Ashby remains on my favourite list.
The course is fairly hilly in places, but there are some good downhill stretches that make up for the tough bits. Organisation was as ever very slick, and loads of fantastic marshalls all over the course who were doing well to brave the bizarre weather conditions.
its everything you want from a race really, good value, great course, a good mix of beginners and club runners and a fantastic atmosphere.
In short: Lovely scenery, good atmosphere, well organised In full: This was my first proper race, and I really enjoyed it! There were a couple of challenging hills (one in particular), but in general the course was smooth, and well marshalled. Really lovely scenery (especially from the top of the big hill!). Would definately run it again. Date of review: January 28, 2007
In short: . In full: The course was perfect, a good mix of mud, water, hills, and even steps. That really cant be faulted. Organisation at the event was good, but there seemed to be a real lack of directions on how to get there if you didn't happen to be a local. I put the postcode as given into the routefinder hoping that when I arrived there I'd pick up a few car-park signs or arrows to direct me in off the local roads. However I didnt come accross any, and as such ended up parking in the wrong car park having taken a gamble that i was in the right place due to high levels of cars/people. The first marshall I came across didnt know the way to the start either. The only thing that spoiled my day really as had quite a lengthy warm up navigating around half of the course to get to the start line! Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: Bloody Brilliant In full: You will struggle to find a batter race of any distance anywhere in the UK. It baffles me why people make such a fuss about FLM and GNR when there is a race such as this out there. This is the only definite race on my calendar each year. Bring on 2007! Date of review: October 30, 2006
In short: Just as good as it was built up to be. In full: My first time at Abingdon, and id heard a lot of fantastic stories. The whole event lived up to all of them, and was a pleasure to participate in. Date of review: October 22, 2006
In short: Fantastic In full: First time at the White Peak for me, and I was most impressed. Slick organisation, fantastic course which is actually very quick, expecially the last 6miles. The only point I would make is that this is the first race Ive ever done where there isnt a clock above the start line, I had to rely on those finishing around me to tell me what time we came in at. Only a minor point, but something to consider in 2007. I'll certainly be back for a second time Date of review: May 20, 2006