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
In short: Ashby excels once again! In full: What can you say that has not been said by others, the best 20 mile race in the Midlands, and one of the the best races of the year full stop..
Everything you could want from a pre London race and spot on from the pre race information, start, course, support, drinks stations and finish....
The only complaint is related to loo's. As people travle a fair distance for this race now, two mens cubicals at Hood Leisure center, and then ONE on the cource for 1000 is not enough, and its really the only thing I have heard people moan about in the two years. But dont let that take anything away from this race...
In short: Great Short Distance Trail Race In full: 5 miles of challengeing but scenic and fun raceing is what will await you at the Mad Jacks 5... and a little mud and possibley a little swim!
This trail couse is set out perfectly so that each mile present a differnt challenge, starting off with field running, then stles and fences to hop over, then some park land gravel paths then wood land tracks, then a riverside path run, before a last dash across the fields again and a wade through a pond before the final srint for home!
A really good race, and even without goodie bagsm and medals, you still go away feeling postive from the hole experience.
Negatives, Course distance was a little over 5 miles on my Garmin (5.15) but thats a very minor niggle. Date of review: November 8, 2010