In short: Hilly, yes. Scenery, it's what the UK's all about, glorious plus in April we had sunshine and blue sky. What more could you ask for? In full: The pick up from Seaton went smoothly and we got away on time. At Exmouth car park we had the opportunity to sort out kit, use the toilets and "warm up". We had the race brief which included a plea from the organisers not to get lost, as if we would? As I had already decided to use this as a long training run the first half was going to be steady as I knew after Sidmouth the going really does get tough. I use a camelbak but there were water stops along the route to cater for thirsty runners. A big thank you should go to all the walkers who were out on the Coastal Path today for their encouragement and in making way for all of us to complete the course without any delay by stepping aside or even holding open gates, it was appreciated. It has to be said the scenery was superb, although the conditions underfoot prevented me from spending too long gazing into the distance. It is a tough course but well worth the effort, on my Garmin I made it just over 21 miles? The weather was definitely an influencing factor today, high winds and rain would have made it a whole different story but it's still one I think you should do. If only to say I did it! A well done to all involved in organising this event, thank you.
In short: A well organised race with hot showers to finish it off. In full: The usual well organised race, watch for the rabbit holes, they could put an end to your season. As for everything else, Marshall's, drink stations it all worked well. No doubt we'll be back next year. Date of review: July 14, 2008
In short: A good honest race. In full: A race that keeps you honest, a good scattering of hills to ensure you work hard all through the race. A good number of well placed water stations helped as the temperature slowly rose as the race progressed to end up with the competitors finishing in sunshine. A T-Shirt, banana and drinks at the finish with a well used PA System giving out names of the finishers - nice touch. In all a well organised local race at a slightly unusual distance. I'm sure we'll be there again next year to see if the male and female team prize can be won for the third time in succession. Date of review: June 1, 2008
In short: Cold windy conditions but the record was still broken, well done Adrian In full: A good turn out considering the cold, windy conditions, mile 5 and 6 were a little challenging as into the wind, plenty of marshalls and water stops. Today felt as though it was a matter of digging in and seeing what time you could post. Having said that the winner broke the record (training with Kenyans does have its advantages. As usual well organised and a thank you to the marshalls and supporters who braved the elements. Date of review: February 3, 2008
In short: The organisation was up to it's normal high standard and the weather made it interesting. In full: Good organisation, although not cold the wind and rain certainly changed the outlook of the race but still we found people huddled under trees or against walls offering support. If the race was run the other way round then the downhill at 6 miles would be mildly challenging to say the least. Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to all the "support people", not the nicest conditions but they kept smiling throughout. Date of review: October 28, 2007
In short: No fog this year, not that it made any difference, it's still a hard race with every type of terrain to suit alll. In full: Was this the best training for the Grizzly next week, those taking part next week will probably only know on Sunday afternoon/evening. This is a good race with the constant changes to terrain and running conditions, one that makes you work the whole way round. The conditions in part are more suited to a mountain goat so in places your focus is never more than a few feet in front of you. There are places where you can see the other runners stretching away into the distance, and for those brave enough to look behind you would be greeted with a scene of those still to climb that hill. As for the organisation, it worked; good, friendly and plenty of encouragement from the Marshalls, well done to all involved. Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: The sun came out and did that make for an interesting race In full: Yes, the sun came out, I don't think that was mentioned on the forecast I watched but after the rain we've had you would think we would welcome it.
It certainly made for a hard race with very little shade but the organisation was spot on with ample water and sponge stops (every 2 miles)without those it would have been a very different story. Although it's not much of a spectator race there was lots of friendly marshals and people in fancy dress (or did I imagine those?) all the way around the course offering support. Well done to all concerned with the organisation, it went like clockwork and the goodies at the end were most welcome.
In short: Plenty to keep you interested and stay focused on where you put your feet. In full: Another well organised race, rough underfoot along the ramparts but that's what you pay your money for, a challenging run well worth repeating. Our lot (Teovil Town RRC) always head off to Weymouth after the race for fish and chips. Just finishes off the day. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: A good fast course over pretty flat terrain. In full: Very quick time for the winner, good course and well marshalled. Ideal race for a PB and the use of the sports complex for changing and showers is a bonus. Bit of a delay in getting the results but the tea and cakes made up for it. I will be back next year. Date of review: May 27, 2007
In short: Lovely weather and scenery helped to make this race. In full: You couldn't fault the weather for February, blue sky and sunshine. A little tight at the start but it opens up after the first half mile. Plenty of well placed water stops around the course. The weather was certainly glorious and added to the scenery as we made our way around the course. I have to admit this was not one of my better races, I was on target at 10K but after that it was down hill to the finish (or should it be up hill on the last half mile). I will put it down to the remains of a viral infection I had a couple of weeks back. This year the parking was in a nearby field, luckily we haven't had too much rain otherwise it might have been fun and games getting home. Anyway the race can be used as a pointer to gauge your fitness level early in the year so is definately worth doing. Date of review: February 7, 2007