In short: Scenic, interesting course with some killer hills and tough surfaces, but great fun In full: Organisation was good. Directions to car park from marshals very clear and easy to park close to the start of the race.
Registering on the day was very straightforward.
Lack of toilets was very frustrating. Quite a few runners having to run into the bushes just before the start. Aside from this organisation was very good.
Marshalls were all very encouraging and gave clear directions. Signage was good in general, but there were one or two places where it was pretty obvious, but just not 100% clear (for a paranoid runner who has taken a wrong turn in the past) which direction to turn.
Plenty of water stops along the way and gels being given out.
Very few non-runners out on the course, who all seemed very friendly and made an effort to make way.
The course was scenic and hilly, with some steep bits in places and some long downhill sections. As a guide pace dropped to 10min/mile+ on some uphills and down to 5min/mile on some downhill sections.
Lots of tree roots and gravel in places which was fun rather than annoying. A nice long downhill section on a good surface for the second-to-last mile and the last mile pretty much flat so a good course for a fast finish.
There was plenty of water and orange and blackcurrant squash at the finish. Also sliced oranges, pineapples and watermelons which were lovely. Decent technical t-shirt and a bottle of beer.
Friendly atmosphere and I plan to do it again next year. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Great event In full: Undulating course with good surfaces and support dotted throughout the course. Lots of water stations and friendly marshalls and cheering along the way. A downhill section at about 6 miles leads you past the start/finish and lots of cheering and a big lift.
I do wonder if the two loops that make up the course would be better run in reverse though, so that this point came a bit later on and we got to enjoy a downhill finish.
Plenty of stalls and food on the go (if you don't mind cheap, chewy burgers) and everybody seemed very friendly.
Goodie bag had a kit-kat, water and a pedometer in, so was a bit disappointing.
The idea of giving the first 100 a gold medal and the next 200 a silver is good - a compromise between those who want a memento and those who believe medals are for winners.
Main problem was lack of toilets. I don't understand why they think 15 or so is enough for an event that is meant to cater to 1800 plus family, friends etc. Date of review: October 3, 2013