In short: A great and cheery day out. In full: I was completely out of my depth on this race as I'm normally a trail runner so this was my first outing on road. After picking incredibly scenic races all year I had expected this to be rather boring and a bit clubby to say the least but wanted to do it as something new and to set a PB.
How wrong was I! The organisation was stellar and not a thing went wrong. The race director has massive and genuine love for what he is doing and that showed in his opening speech and transferred into the field of runners. There were all types of people out which was great to see everyone having a go and seeing so many smiles on the course. The showboating was a funny little aspect and I think I got my best ever running photo so can't complain!
In short it was a really fun day run with a lot of fun people and RUN by a lot of fun people. I'm definitely not a road runner and never will be but can see myself back here next year as it's just a fun day out! Date of review: June 6, 2013
In short: A great day out accessible to all. In full: I've not done a CTS in a couple of years but wanted to do one again as Endurancelife have a habit of picking breathtaking scenery for their locations. This was no let down in the slightest. (Un?)fortunately they also have a reputation of finding incredibly hard terrain and this race didn't disappoint on that front either! That beast at the beginning was arduous the first time and horrible the second on the Ultra! Luckily a good day out for me and paced it well as I don't think I could have handled that horrible weather on the hill if I'd not had a good race up to that point. One small annoyance was that whilst tracking the run it seemed to be a couple of km shorter than expected which meant I lost a couple of places but I guess I should just go on feel in future and all in all it was a great day out! Date of review: May 11, 2013
In short: Friendly atmosphere and nice day out! In full: I found this race to be a really nice day out. Very casual start and really welcoming for those ethat wanted to start early for a longer time while still having the group start for those of us that wanted the race feel on the day. Finally had a nice day out which made it all the better and great luck that it was pretty solid underfoot. In saying this, however, on that one bit of bog the organisers said to be wary of? Lost my shoe. Great to see the sense of humour from the runner next to me laughing! The hill at mile 10 was nice and steady and so rewarding at the top with a lovely view over the downs. Very friendly atmosphere with everyone nattering away and one even offering me a lift to the train station (thanks again!). The availability of showers and the cooked breakfast just made it that much better. Date of review: May 11, 2013
In short: Good race but quite expensive In full: Was a really enjoyable race this one. Signed up on the day though and they had changed the price- only a couple of quid more but I brought exact change and nearly wasn't allowed to run! Also, the photographers are asking £12 for a digital download?!?
The run itself though was really good and it was great to jump in the pool afterwards! Date of review: August 20, 2012
In short: So much fun! In full: A great day out. Of particular note was the support crew and marshals being so friendly and a real sense it is a social group afterwards. Only wish I could have made it to the after party. Great race, really fun. Date of review: June 21, 2012