In short: It may well be classed as the most difficult in Europe, however it must at the same time be the most enjoyable. In full: As I set a PB, 8 mins faster than London in April, I really enjoyed the day despite the uphills, downhills, mud, rain and wind, even before I worked out how well my pace was going. When I saw everyone else walking up the path out of Waunfawr, I made a point of running, which to some would have looked more like a shuffle! I would certainly do it again and recommend it to others without hesitation. Date of review: October 31, 2009
In short: Better for the club runner after a PB challenge. In full: I went to this event for 3 reasons, to help out with Mick and Phil, challenge my PB and to consolidate my training for London next month.
I achieved all 3, and a PB despite the horrible wind and showers on the far side was a good bonus, so am very pleased.
3 of us from work were there, around the same age and build with individual training schedules as we live so far apart, and we all finished within 2 minutes of each, other which was pretty amazing.
My only real disappointment was no medal or memento at the finish, which for the individual runner I think means a lot. I understand the aim of the event was to raise cash for Mick and Phil and this would have decreased the money raised, but couldn't someone have sponsored a medal/certificate? A printer in Stratford for example for 350 certificates? (just a thought for next time) There were prizes for the winners, who probably have loads anyway tucked away in drawers, it's us little fries that sometimes might appreciate it more! (Just a tad disappointing at the end)
The marsalls were great, helpful, encouraging, and cheery despite the weather and a credit to the organisation of the event. Shame no one pointed out the way to the cake at the end ;-)
Thanks and well done to all, see you next time and for those going to London in April, good luck and see you soon :-)