In short: Undulating course but quick in correct conditions In full: Okay - let's deal with the buses first. Supposedly two broken down buses caused the other 18 or so to be delayed leaving by 1hr 45 minutes which was odd. I arrived at the stadium around 7:30am and assumed that when one bus was full it would leave and so forth rather then them all going in convey. Anyway - at least once at the start the sun was out and the organisers gave enough time for people to change, go to the toilets and warm up.
The course is described almost like a downhill course and on the profile it looks downhill / flat. When running it felt more undulating with some rolling hills and more uphill than I expected. That said it was straight with few turns apart from near the end.
It was a bit disconcerting to see the stadium but then have to run around it and I didn't notice a 26 mile marker which would have been nice. It was good finishing on the track with the crowd in the stadium though.
I would have liked to see water along with the Lucozade sport at the drinks stops - I have noticed a tendency in races to have mainly sports drinks only and few water stops. I find that eventually I need a change from the sports drinks.
We were lucky with the weather as it was about perfect for racing. A brief shower at one stage but mainly sun. The day before was terrible so it could have gone either way.
Overall it was good race with a nice course and definitely has the potential for a good time. The organisation is good and with a few minor tweaks would be perfect. A great way to finish a season. Date of review: October 5, 2009
In short: Tough (very tough) but very satisfying race In full: My first ultra but not first trail run and it was tough. The course was great going with some excellent scenery and some very tough hills. The map book provided was acurate (OS maps with course highlighted) so navigation errors could only be blamed on one's self. Other competitors were friendly and running in various packs made it enjoyable.
The finish location was a slight let-down although I heard the organisers of the WhiteAir festival made them move the finish to its location. I guess a 90km off road run wasn't extreme enough for them :-) Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Steep hills, lots of deep mud and water, loads of fun In full: Apart few problems with people getting to the venue on time (which meant the race started half an hour late) this was a fantatic event. The mud, water and hills pushed me to the limits. Already thinking about the 2007 race. Date of review: November 13, 2006
In short: Not so much a race as a assault course to test your metal toughness In full: Toughguy isn't so much a pure race as a cross country run of a few miles followed by an assault course. The race was pretty well run although the start felt a bit disorganised and the marshalling on the later parts of the course was a bit off with some friends going via different routes and missing parts. There were some early bottlenecks on the early obstacles which resulted in standing around for 20 or 30 minutes which was not good - people started to get cold very quickly.
I am glad I have done TG but don't think I'll be rushing back to do it again - I see it more as a novelty event and wouldn't really see the point of doing it again. Unless you were towards the front it would be hard to get a clear run and time. I think the entry fee was pretty steep added to the additional donation that was required. Date of review: January 30, 2006
In short: Lives up to its name In full: Great race. First few miles over reasonably easy trail before hitting the hills and then the muddy, boggy, water filled Wetlands. More hills towards the end that involved running up and down doing hairpin turns at the top and bottom. No mile markers made pacing the race tough. Could do with some showers or a few hoses at the end and a slightly better start but it was a great day out. Where do I sign up for next year? Date of review: October 24, 2005
In short: Average course which didn't use the potential of the city to the full was demostrative of the overall poor organisation In full: I read in the newspaper that the organisers want to make this a major marathon with over 20000 competitors. If this is the case then they really need to get someone competent to organise it. Basic problems with this race were 1) terrible mile markers - missing or completely incorrect - that is basic and it makes me wonder about the rest of the organistation if they get it wrong 2) terrrible start organisation - lack of toilets, poor starting line procedures 3) bad finish area - not enough space 4) no safety pins for the numbers (or that was the case when I registered) - thanks heavens for sewing kits in hotels. 5) slow race results - why aren't they on the website yet?? They used champion chips so the results are sitting in a computer somewhere and cannot be that hard to dump a flat text file on to a website.
The race has potential but they need to look at the course. The stuff on the bike trails / footpath needs to go as does the looping back on yourself towards the end. The organisers may also think that having a hill near the is a great challenge but for most people it is just a final straw when already tired. Date of review: June 14, 2005