In short: Warm, but nice breeze behind us. In full: Hilly in the first part of the race, but evens out over the later parts. Overall a downhill race, Good fun and great people running it. No real mile markers to talk of, but that is where the Garmin can come into it's own! (That was for all the Garmin haters out there!!) Like the organisers said more a run than a race. Interesting to run past a first aid point with a water table at the bottom of a big hill with no water. And I was near the front (at that stage at least!)
Great to have food afterwards, nice touch.
Yes the entrance fee is quite3 high (£20 - £25), but you get the food and the transport out in that fee, would be nice to have a T-Shirt though.
Will be back next year as this is a good training run for me.
In short: Great thanks In full: Very flat - with no hills to speak of, unless you call going over a railway bridge a hill! Season best! 270 odd feet of climbing so very flat. Date of review: April 5, 2009
In short: Great - thanks to all, great organisation and comms. In full: Thanks to all for the organization and marshaling. Tough race, but very early in the season for me! Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Great race - cold and rainy! But that is what you get at the end of November so no complaints heree! In full: Great race - thanks to all who stood in the rain for us. Ran with my dad and enjoyed relaxing and looking at the lovely views for a change. Undulating most of the time with some uphills, but nothing too serious! Did anyone else notice the T-Shirts had Downton 2009 on them? Or am I seeing things! Great, thanks will be back next year! Date of review: November 30, 2008
In short: Great Race - hard as nails - wind, rain and pain! In full: Great race - the weather added it's but to make a hard course even harder! 40 mph winds and rain hitting your face hard enough to make you wince!
A couple of killer hills and a little mean one as you enter the town to round it off.
Thanks to the marshals and helpers who hung around in this weather to help and support us and to the supports who cheered us on.
A couple of suggestions:
Carried my own food, but noted that there was nothing left at the feed tables - this could have caused issues for runners.
If there could be an area closed off for finishers to get their breath back and get a drink and a cup of coffee etc. Found it very crowded and ended up being pushed around by spectators while queing for a drink!
Besides that top run - prepare on the hills before hand - but expect to walk! Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Thanks to all who organised it In full: Great thanks to all - nice bright T-Shirt this year! Beat PB by two minutes and achieved my goal as well. Can't complain at all! Date of review: August 25, 2008
In short: Great - thanks to all who organised and arranged it. In full: I really enjoyed this race, perfect weather helped. Was on course for a good time and then lost it in the last two miles! Date of review: August 4, 2008
In short: Good run on a two lap course In full: Second time of running so knew what to expect. Very slight uphill from the start for the first 0.7 miles ascending around 24ft so nothing to taxing and a good warm up for the legs. From there it is a slight downhill curving around several long bends. hard to negotiate the shortest route and thus the differing distances but nice and smooth with only the occasional tuft of grass. A bit of a rise more than a hill from mile 2 for about three quarters of a mile, slows you a bit, but not too taxing. Then pretty flat through to the start and around again. My Garmin showed around 72% flat with 11% ascending and 17% descending so not bad at all.
I enjoyed the race, not as hot as last year even though there was no wind.
Would be interesting to see if they could start further back from the finish and remove the dog leg in the middle, but even with the dog leg it was great.