In short: Loved this challenging but amazing Ultra In full: Its hard to say whats the best thing about this race.
1) Organisation. From the man at the top (Denzil) to all the lady's running the checkpoints, everyone was great. Freindly, helpful, and the course was the most well laid out of the 5 ultras I have done (I still went off track but that was my fault!). The effort they put in was greatly appreciated by all who ran.
2) The Views - Epic. From golden sands, to mountainous trains, challenging road segments, a crossing of an estuary on a rickety bridge, nature all around and a finish up to one of Wales is most picturesque castles. Whats not to love. All runnable in road shoes. The view from the highest point down and over to Fairground and Barmouth is magnificent.
3) The route, Varied, with a harder first 20 miles and less challenging last half meant that once you broke the back of it finishing should be an issue.
4) The other competitors. I belive from speaking to other ultra runners, that CODs events attract a great mix of other competitors, and everyone else I met was chatty fun and ready to help. If other events that COD run are like this I will be doing more.
All in all though a brilliant event, and I will be back next year looking for sub 10! Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: People of Shrewsbury Great - In The Running Not Great. In full: In The Running have a long way to go to get this race up to a decent standard.
Two years in a row they have had delayed starts which is really poor, this year by almost half an hour. And during your wait in the cramped start area, no water, no shade from the blazing sun and a never ending warm up and little updates on the delay. From nowhere there was just a one minute warning.
From there, conestion getting out the the start/finish venue, too me a minute to cross the line, run 30 steps and then walk for a couple of minutes to get onto the road. Could eaily be fixed with a couple of 100 yards loop around the Showground to thin the crowds out before leaving via the small exit (or just use one of the larger exits?)
First water station was the worst on a hot day. Understaffed and they could not keep up with the runners. When I got there I had to wait to be poured a cup and actually stop. Many just gave up and probably paid for it later. Why no water bottles?
After this the race picked up as the crowds in Shrewbury were amzing, and something that does put this this race above being a disaster. 100s of people everywhere and the race benefits from the town center elements which are some of the most challenging on the course.
Im a Shrewsbury Local and would love for this race to become one of the Uks top HMs, but In the Running needs to read up on the comments on here, and twitter and make the changes that experienced runners are asking for.
It seems to me they attempted to do it on the cheap and make as much money as possible, while forgetting the key little things that make a race memorable and enjoyable.
In short: Home Town Running - With Room for Improvements In full: It was great to run a marathon in your own town but as a first race there were a few teething problems that have been covered in other reivews.
For me the positives were town center running and the support. Shrewsbury was really behind the race and it was as uplifting as can be. The Unique selling point of the race has to be the attraction to running through the town and the support.
As some advice, next year could the organisers not gets a deal with Shrewsbury School to run some of the route through there land, plenty of roads on site and it would reduce the need for the switchbacks in the quarry.
Water was an issue for the Marathon runners. Simply not enough at all. By the 3rd and 4th lap (for a 4.40 runner) there was hardely any to be had other than at the Barnabus center (once a lap) and only as they were running in to get it out of the taps.
Final problem. Next year, a full road closure of Colham is needed. This was not only compact and hard to run through, but it was dangerous at times with cars in the lane to the left and lead runners outriders on bikes charging up from behind. Not enjoyable running!
But stick with it please, It could be a great event if it develops. its got a town behind it, it just needs that final flourishes of prefect organisation to get it as must do race. Date of review: June 24, 2013
In short: My first Ultra was a great Experience In full: What a great race, I did jut one stage of the "7" the Halfren Ultra, and it was a 44 mile race from Caresews to near Shrewsbury. Race organisation was excellent, the other competitors were freindly and really helpful to a first timer, and the course was mainly flat and the mix of landscapes was great.
I hope this race is on again in 2013, would be back for sure, and possibley for a 2nd stage as well!
Rest stops were fully stocked, and well supported, and the medal was worth all the hard work of 10 hours!
If you read this, and your considering doing it next year, I say go for it, support this race and the guys that are running it. Great work! Date of review: June 7, 2012
In short: A good race but could be SO much better In full: First... the car parking problems really annoyed me. Got there two hours before race start, had a shcok as there was £2 charge, and then it was a free for all as the guy sorting cars was not up to the job and the other bloke with the money was boarderline rude to most people. Someone people attempted to warn them of the problems they were about to cause but on they went! In the end 200+ Cars were blocked in! Really spoit the day for me as I got back and had to wait for a while before enough people turned up so there was a gap!
The race, I liked the course, intresting to a non Blackpool resident, and not that challenging. PB breaker for sure.
Other than the car park, its was well organised. Agree that for the money we paid you would expect a better goody bag, or if not more than just water at the water stations. Not the cheapest race I have done, and certinly one of the worst in terms of value.
Other runners were great though helping people around, the pacers were great, and the Blackpool residents where they were cheered people on.
Idea race for a weekend away as well.
All in all, considering this as something like the 23rd running of the race I expected much more for my money.... would probs do it again as I liked the course though.
Quick getting times and photos up on the net too.. bonus points for that Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: Another Great Shifnal 10k In full: Yet again another great Shifnal 10k, on a cold but lovely morning. Excellent organisation, and really supportive Marshals. A really intresting route as well involving a couple of tricky hills, some off road and plesent Shropshire Tree Lined Roads. Relly Plesent.
Will be back next year Date of review: January 30, 2012
In short: Another Great Year at Attingham Park for the Mad Jacks In full: Smooth organisation, excellent and challengeing course, mud, water and a mixture of teraine mean that Mad Jacks is a not to be missed event for the people of the Midlands.
In short: London is a must do for any runner! In full: My first time at London, and what more can you say than, excellent oransiation, great course, uplifing atmosphere and one of the most rewardning feelings you will ever have crossing a finish line.
It's made my year, and would reccomend the race to anyone. Date of review: May 4, 2011