In short: Must-do race In full: Awesome race.An 16 hour round trip drive needs a rewarding race and this didnt disappoint.Big hills but still managed a PB by over 3 minutes - the downhill start really gets you off to a flier. Very impressed with the value - after entering many 10ks this year that charge £20 and then charge you for a T-shirt, £40 for transport, T-shirt, medal, goodie bag and a proper meal at the end seems good value, Definitely back next year
In short: WOW this wasnt just a run... it wasnt just a long run....despite all the pain(of which ther's plenty) its a once-a-year experience that makes you realise why we run. Everything great about running in 24 hours! In full: Hard but BRILLIANT !!!! I've been running for 8 years and never felt so positive after a race.
After running as a team of 8 in 2009, this year I tackled the solo event.(and in Viking fancy dress for some laps just to make it a bit harder!)
WOW - I never realised the sense of achievement you get after an event like this.
YES...the day after, I ache in places I didnt know existed YES...climbing the stairs is proving a major challenge YES...I dont want to see a pair of trainers for at least a fortnight.
Meeting & chatting with so many like-minded people while struggling up a hill was a revelation - in many events people are in the car and on their way home before the top 10 have crossed the line, but it was great to see a massive crowd sticking around to cheer the last people to cross the line, 90 minutes after the 1st finisher. Renewing aquaintances with last year's competitors was like a family reunion (Swiss Patrick you inspired me to do solo this year - hope your injury gets better soon) Talking to people doing the event for all sorts of personal reasons was humbling. The support & encouragement you get from other runners after 23 hours, when you can hardly walk - I've never experienced that in any event Ive done. So many smiles - yes its hard, but everybody was smiling. Patrick Adams the organiser was truly overwhelmed by the atmosphere, and I think all the runners appreciated the smoothness of his organisation - when everything is sorted out for you, all you have to concentrate on is keeping running Great goody bag & t-shirt
All in all, so much more than a race, and I'll definitely be back next year.
In short: Excellent race, good mix of road,trails& fields. In full: That hill was longer than expected but it added to the fun, even if I had to walk at the top! Really friendly atmosphere, well organised, and great to see such a good turnout at a midweek race. I'll definitely be back next year Date of review: July 21, 2010
In short: This is always a great race ! If you're bored with road running and want to try a trail race, this is a great initiation into trail running In full: Loads of good points about this race : 1/Smooth organisation 2/Good support, especially on the sprint to the line 3/Smiling marshalls 4/Testing but not painful 5/Lovely forest venue
Added to this, the kids races afterwards make it a good family day out - over the last few years,both my kids have used this as their first experience of racing and are now hooked.Much better than a Sunday with the X-Box! Also, if you are used to the usual Sunday routine of "do your race then get straight back in your car", its a pleasant change to see everyone hanging around either having picnics or lunch in the Cafe.
In summary - thanks Reg & Karen, great day out, you made NOTFAST runners very happy today, see you next year ! Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: Cant summarise this quickly - see longer report In full: Dont take this as a whinge, but there were SO MANY things wrong that this race that I need to list them all to help the organisers improve for next year In fact, the nightmare uphills were about the best thing about this race - absolutely testing and designed to sort the men from the boys.Running pain is fine, but poor organisation is unacceptable when so many people's enjoyment is at stake.
1/ 10k race, but I ran 7.1 miles !!! Criminal mistake for a race you pay to enter 2/ Very few marshalls - yellow arrows on trees do not help, as evidenced by huge amounts of runners going the wrong way. My club organisers runs and the police insist on loads of marshalls, so I dont understand how they were allowed to get away with this 3/18 stiles or gates to manoever 4/Very little guidance on the website of what to expect. I met lots of runners who wouldnt have entered if they knew what was in store 5/1 mens toilet cubicle 6/Dangerous downhills with people falling and twisting joints - overhanging branches, rocks & trees hidden under bracken underfoot.Fine for fellrunners but please please please warn us before we turn up that this is whats in store. 7/Trails overrun with bracken and nettles - never had so many stings and cuts on my legs 8/ No goody bag - just a biscuit!!! 9/No mile markers 10/Car park 1/2 a mile uphill frem the finish - after a testing race this can only be called inconsiderate.
Sorry organisers,you probably put a lot of effort into setting this event up, but you really need to get a grip before next year , or not bother ! Date of review: July 17, 2010
In short: Hard race with some major challenging hills, but great downhill last half mile through the village with the locals out in force encouraging you on. Great atmospherer Date of review: July 16, 2010
In short: Very disappointing. Im used to paying £25 for well organised marathons but this had little In full: Very disappointing. Im used to paying £25 for well organised city marathons with big crowds and you can see where your money has been spent, but this one had many faults - had little info before the start (the info provided was very misleading), no goody bag (just a small glass memento) and the organisers had no road closures (12 laps of the same country lanes)or police presence to pay out for, so I feel pretty ripped off.(somebody obviously made some cash out of this) Also the race was taken over by the ultra-runs so an average marathon runner like myself felt pretty overwhelmed - definitely not one for beginners. Added to the IPOD ban (not informed of until 2 miles into the race), 1 single toilet before the race (long queues), them losing my energy drinks,and couldnt find any coffee/refreshments area, its pretty much the worst race Ive done. Given the lovely country setting , the organisers could have done so much better! Getting up at 3.30 in the morning to do this, and having the usual post-marathon aches today, it feels like a poorly-spent weekend Date of review: June 20, 2010
In short: Very poor organisation at the start - driving 2 hours to arrive for 9am registration as requested, to be told its now 10.15 was annoying, as was no supervised bag storage. Short course at 6.02 miles was also disappointing - I won't be doing this one Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Hot day, average course, great finish ! In full: Well organised as usual; plenty of water stops was a godsend on such a hot day.Not much support, but the those that turned out were very vocal and much appreciated. The organisers should consider moving the start - far too congested on a narrow street, and with cars in the way meant it was difficult to get going. Also clear guidance on MP3 players would be appreciated - the starter announced last year that they were not allowed, but no such restriction was announced this year. As somebody who runs much better with music, clear guidance in advance would be appreciated. Date of review: August 10, 2009
In short: My favourite event ever ! In full: My favourite event ever ! I'm not going to call it a race, as I think it was so much more than that, and will now be a regular event in our club calendar. Fantastic venue, organisation, people,goodie bags, even great catering and showers. The soloists especially were absolutely inspirational - I can never get away with moaning about minor niggles after seeing their determination. Whilst the rain seemed a pain on Saturday morning, it added a whole new dimension to running and sliding around in the dark; memories of zig-zagging around dark forests in the early hours will stay with me much longer than my usual 10k gallops through some provincial housing estate !!! In summary, fantastic event Patrick, and I'll definitely see you next year ! Date of review: August 3, 2009