In short: Like clockwork In full: Organisation is stupendous - park next to the start line. Number collection and baggage drop were quick, map and details were clear. I did the 50K -although the GPS sais it was shorter than that - still how can I complain when the start line appeared sooner than I had expected. No major hills, all are runable, the do on and one though. lots of undulations out there, keep the head down and don't think about. plenty of nutters on the course - check out tyregirl.com, and plenty of people using this as a training run - mad people.
Overall really enjoyed this one Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Perfect course - full of colour In full: What a great day - I had done the 20 miler a few years ago, but tried the 33 miler this time (first ultra).
Course is great - lots of variety, fantastic colours: running through the bluebell woods, the yellow of the oil seed rape, followed by green rolling hills. Course undulates but most of it was gentle and I found most of it quite runnable.
Stations are well spaced, full of goodies and friendly marshalls.
Route finding is quite easy so long as you read the instructions and don't daydream!
The only downside for me was the sun - got a little sunburnt, still takes my mind off the tried legs
Well done MRC - great event, will be back next year - need another mug for my collection
In short: Chill start but a warm glow at the end In full: Did this race last year, felt it was even better this year. The run is great, nice route and scenery. Organisation is great - particularly like the staggered start - no bunching problems here. Who ever had the idea of providing a Full breakie at the end is a genius.
Also quite like the idea of a shot glass - makes a pleasant change from the usual t-shirts and medals Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: great organisation - but messed up the T-shirts AGAIN! In full: Nice day this year - compared to the misery of last year.
Transport from the start was well organised, marshalls excellent, drinks station well organised and well spaced.
However, before the reace you choose the size of T-shirt you'd like - so why is it you get to the end to be told that they have run out - I could either have tent size or mini-me size. To be honest I don't need yet another t-shirt so please for next don't bother - give me something useful like a Mars bar and drink instead.
Shame as I really enjoyed it this year - No real massive hills - but lots of slopes that seem to go on for ever.
In short: Well organinsed - slightly hilly but only slighty Marathon In full: Nice day out - I like to run when it's cold and didn't really appreciate the hot sunshine the organisers had put on for the spectators! Roads were fine - yes there was traffic but never felt threatened by it. A little hillier than I was expecting - was hoping for a PB but missed it 50 seconds.
Massage at the end was well deserved -will be back next year
Thanks to marshals and spectators - including the couple who used the brochure to look my name from my race number.
In short: Miles and Miles of Great Views In full: Transport from Stonehedge to Avebury as well organised, but does mean you are hanging around at Avebury for a while - perhaps a staggered start would help this? Would help with the bunching for first few 100 metres. Killer hill at 11 miles wasn't too much of a issue - the later underlations ... up and down, up and down were though - I think the fact that you could see the next lot on the horizon didn't help. Food at the end was a nice touch, as was the very posh MC lady shouting out encouragement at the end! Remember it's a run NOT a race! Date of review: May 5, 2009