In short: The best race that I have ever done. In full: Wow, 2 days later and I am still buzzing from this. I did the Red 20 miler, which started in a cave! Prior to the race the communication from Mud Crew was top draw. On arrival the event village was well set up and helped to provide a real sense of occasion. Registration was slick, a friendly pre race briefing and bussed efficiently to the start.
The course itself was very tough, but in a "natural" way (i.e. it followed the coast path) rather than in a contrived, gimmicky way like some other races. The check points and feed stations were brilliantly run and well stocked. Everyone involved was friendly and encouraging, especially "Marvellous Mimi" Anderson, who seemed to pop up everywhere taking photos and offering encouragement.
You got a huge sense of satisfaction at the end, whatever distance you did, and the event village was a warm,buzzing place despite the weather.
I did the Grizzly earlier this year, and have to say that The RAT wins hands down, which is a pretty good benchmark! Date of review: August 19, 2013
In short: Tough race, great location, well organized, great value. In full: Great race overall. Very well marshalled, scenic course, which is as hilly as they say it is! Probably best value goody bag I have ever received, contained 2 great things (technical T and bottle of Ale) rather than the random bits and pieces that you can get eleswhere (eg Plymouth Half), and all for £12. Will be back next year and would encourage anyone else to try it too. Date of review: June 6, 2012
In short: Great crowds. Tough finish, but much worse value than a few years ago. In full: I last did this race in 2007 and there have been a few changes. Some are for the better, such as the new route which seemed a tiny bit flatter, and the change to the finish. However, some changes are not so good.The start was quite congested and too narrow in places. The event seems to have doubled in price over the past few years, and I guess some of this is due to the extra road closures, but overall value has diminished. There used to be hot food and drink at the finish and the usual free t-shirt and useful goody bag. Now no t-shirt, goody bag a random collection of cheap stuff and no hot food or drink. However, the quibble over value would not stop me doing it again. It's my local race, and the crowds throughout the course seemed bigger and louder than I remember, especially at the hills where you really needed them. The course has some challenging hills but it also has some long flat and downhill bits, so a fast time is not impossible. Plymouth is still a good race, and if the organisers made a few tweaks to make it better value it could be a great one. Date of review: June 6, 2012