In short: Near completely off road run through some glorious woods. Mostly on trails In full: Near completely off road run through some glorious woods. Mostly on trails with good footing. I was allowed to run with my dog, who enjoyed the race too, especially the puddles to drink from. Cheerful marshals and a well organised. We shall be back! Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Hills, mud, picture-postcard scenery In full: Well organised and marshalled. Fun for the kids with a race chasing Santa. The race itself welcomed all abilities including some Nordic Walkers, and also allowed dogs so I ran with my husky. Be under no illusions, this course is hard and is truly multi-terrain. Surfaces varied from grass to gravel to mud. There were two large climbs. The husky enjoyed the run, particularly as there were plenty of puddles and pond to swim in. The distribution of goody bag before the start meant a long walk back to the carpark. Nice friendly race, though a touch pricy for what it was. We shall be back. Date of review: December 6, 2011
In short: Scenic off road event. Well organised and well marshalled. In full: Good start venue. The safety breifing at the start amused me, I would never have expected the ground to be rough when running across fields! Having said that the breifing was thorough. Nice to start on the flat then down hill to warm up the legs. A moderate hill (for the area) before a descent and a bit of a road section. The next section involved a climb and a traverse of a slope which was a bit hard on the ankles. The onto the top of a ridge with splendid views. The final section was through drove tracks. Overall a well organised event with plenty of marshals and a good atmosphere. I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Monster Hills, Bluebell woods, friendly marshals and 5 places to get extremely wet. In full: The race started with a set of seemingly endless monster climbs made through woods covered in bluebells. At about halfway there were trails to follow that had been made by 4x4s up and down a steep hillside, and near the bottom of the hill a 20metre long puddle that was thigh deep. My only critisism of the whole race is there was a 'tough guy' crawl through that bit, which seemed contrived. I was running with my dog, who had to swim! Before we left the woods there were two more deep puddles, where the dog had to swim again. In the last two miles we had two river crossing, both thigh deep, so more swimming for the dog. The last was only 200m from the finsh so we ended relatively clean. It was extremely well marshalled and marked, the course was tough, the marshals were cheery and Spice and I had a great time. Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Hills, Hills and more hills. Made me hurt in places I didn't know I had In full: Beautiful bright day, with little breeze and warm sunshine. It started with a bus ride from the finish to the start. Then we were faced with 20.2 publisised miles and 400 feet of climb. The first gentle hill allowed the field to spread out and a stream of runners made their way to Budleigh Salterton and the first drinks station/checkpoint. Where we went inland to cross the river before getting back to the coast. The climb up to High peak was the first taste of things to come before dropping tnto Sidmouth for the second checkpoint. In the warm sunshine I was sweating like a pig and started to dehydrate. I took on 3 cups of water. After that were monster climbs and descents going up to 400feet and down to sea level again. I was starting to suffer going up the hills, and the 'last runner' sweeper caught me up. Fortunatly she had some spare water and I managed to get to Branscombe OK. There were drinks here and I filled up with liquid and biscuits, then blagged a bottle of LMRB and filled it with water. Only 2 hills to go. The first was Stairway to heaven, which was by this time an absolute killer, then a gentle jog into Beer and the final climb before getting to the finish in Seaton. I should have worn my camel back, but had not expected to dehydrate so much. Lesson learnt. Must say though that the atmosphere, organisation and friendliness of this low key race was one of the best I have been at. Like the early days of the Grizzly. Long may it continue in its current form. Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: Tough and hilly course. Made harder by the biting wind. Thanks to all the marshalls who must have frozen. In full: Its always a hard course with hills at 2 6 10 and 12 miles. The last on being an absolute killer. The wind made it harder this year with a 20 mph head wind on the long open section from 6 to 10, and with the temperature at just +1 made it realy cold. The marshal were wonderful,it must have been hell standing around waiting for the runners. As usual the organisation was good, and the exit from the start had been improved. Date of review: February 2, 2009
In short: Rough and Tough, thankfully (for me) no Tumble. Geart fun in the conditions In full: Mud on frozen ground added to the challange of monster hills and strong winds. The marshals must have been frozen, so thanks to them turning out. A bit congested at the start but before long thatre was the first monster hill to sort everyone out. Date of review: January 12, 2009
In short: Well organised. Well marshalled. Value for money goodies. In full: Excellent organisation by a club that know about running. Water every 2-3 miles, plenty of marshals. Scenic course. Personally I find this race tough, despite the weather this year being cool, but I think its a mental problem following a bad experince in the heat a few years ago.
The Doddlers orgaisation is faultless. There a plenty of marshals and the goodies at the end, cake, milk-shake and an excellent t-shirt make this a great value event. I'll be back next year to do better!