In short: Excellent race, well organised, pity the weather wasn't ideal. In full: I did the fun run then the half. The Fun Run had a delayed start, but it is an ideal race for families, and with a very good value goody bag for the children. Then laying on transport to get you back to the start of the main race was another nice touch.
I was impressed by the pre-race information etc emailed out, I was worried that this would set too high a standard for race day - it didn't.
For me the biggest downside was the mileage markers, they'd used Cornish Country Miles, luckily I had GPS so knew how far I'd gone, but anyone trying to do set time splits would have been struggling to match their planned pace.
The hills were harder than I expected, and for the first time ever I went for the post-race massage. I was briefly distracted by the pasty and beer, but not for long!
The marshalls were everywhere and fiendly, there were enough locals out in spite of the weather, and quite a few were dishing out jelly babies. It was nice to get a power drink as well as water at a couple of water stops.
I liked the final downhill mile, but felt for the marathoners who would have to do it after 25 hard miles. Overall the race was so well organised I'd have said it had been running for a few years, so credit to all at St Austell, I'll be back next year (but like the other reviewer I need to do more hillwork). Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Excellent local fun run with big hills and a small field - first time I've ever finished in the top 10! In full: This is a definite must for next year. The hills are hard enough to let you know you've had a good run, but the distance is short enough that it doesn't knock you out for the rest of the day.
This is obviously a local village community run, with everyone knowing everyone else - but everyone was very friendly and even cheered me on as I overtook them! There can't be many races where the start is delayed by ten minutes so people who turn up at the start time can register and set off with everyone else. I'm not sure how many entered but I stayed to cheer everyone back - and it seemed so did most of the others.
I'll definitely be back next year - and I'll have practised a few more hills. There's no way I'll knock the runner off the top spot but I can try to get into the top 3 next ;-).
Excellent value at £5 to enter, low key organisation but as good as some of the more expensive ones I've attended.
In short: Pebble beach, hills, mud, pebbles, hills, mud and more...excellent must do race. In full: This is an excellent race, brilliant atmosphere, some of the best marshalls and spectators ever. Hills - yes there were hills, the only flat bits I remember were the beaches. The beaches were pebbles and shingle, so much more fun than boring old sand! The scenery was brilliant (at least from the top of the many hills it was) with a few picture postcard settings in the valleys. I'm not sure I'd recommend it to a beginner, but if you've done a couple of off-road races then this is a must. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Wet and windy - few hills midway through, but mostly flat. Good chance of a PB. In full: Really nice race, PB in spite of the conditions. Worst part was the start loop through the town, once out onto the open road it was fine. The last 6 miles is pretty flat along an old railway line. Thanks again to the marshalls for standing there in horrible weather until everyone had gone past. I preferred the water stops with bottles instead of cups. Only let down for me was that I would have liked to have got a shower. I'll be back next year (in better weather?) to get another PB :-) Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Enough mud, hills and water to make this fun, marshalls and showers could be better In full: I'll be back - this was a very enjoyable run. Really enjoyable run, challenging without being impossible, MT shoes (and old kit) a must I've just thrown the socks away. Mud, hills and water I really enjoyed this race - and for a road runner that's praise indeed. There were only 2 problems the showers and one of the marshalls. The mens showers were too full and cold by the time I got there. I didn't appreciate the marshall saying 'there's a car coming' and not trying to slow the car for the runners! Date of review: November 26, 2006
In short: Well organised, loads of water stations and marshalls, 4 race distances, what else is needed?.... oh and a PB In full: Excellent starting before the marathoners - but it did mean a few overtook me on the way round! One of the best medals I've got (in a growing collection). The bag at the end will probably be used more than any T-shirt, mug etc, a little disappointed by it at first - but all profits go to Hospiscare so no complaints really. Water stops every mile, or at least that's what it felt like, pleasant marshalls on every corner. All roads open to traffic, but with the exception of the few driving round with the race very little traffic worth mentioning. It is a challenging course but I managed a PB so it is possible given the perfect running conditions today. Date of review: October 15, 2006
In short: Excellent marshalls, wonderful scenery, some hills included for fun In full: Outstanding scenery, one of the best runs for scenery this year. Excellent marshalls (friendly and lots of them). The hills weren't as friendly as the marshalls but there were just as many (at least that's what it felt like). ;-)
In short: Hilly, well organised, good fun but not very many slower runners this year. In full: This is one of the few circular races that has twice as much uphill as downhill (how do they manage it?). Very well organised, course marked out with arrow boards and piles of flour arrows! The downhill start is fast, I even beat a marshall to his point (which is a first for me). One day I'll train properly for the hills and be able to run them all. Date of review: August 1, 2006
In short: Breath-taking Hills and outstanding scenery, or should that be the other way round? In full: The flyer said hilly, so did friends, and I thought I'd allowed for the hills but they were worse than I'd been told. This is the first time I've taken over an hour to do 6 miles, and it was hard keeping close to an hour! I'll beat an hour next year (or die trying) ;-) Excellent run everybody should give it a try. PS It's hilly! Date of review: July 16, 2006