In short: Beautiful scenery and good route but easy to get lost! In full: There was a small field of runners (30?) and a mix of club and non-club runners. The organisers were friendly and it started bang on 12 noon with no preamble. The route is fantastic, through woods and along the river, with some brutal ascents on the way around! Think my Garmin worked it out at around 350m gain. The only real negative was the lack of signage or marshalls at some points - I ended up going off-course 4 times, sometimes adding on fairly significant distance before heading back and finding my way onto the course again. And I wasn't the only one! Other people seemed to struggle with this also. All in all, a great inaugural race and one I'd definitely consider doing again. Date of review: October 2, 2016
In short: Fast, flat course, excellent organisation and enthusiastic marshalls In full: This is the second time I've run the Barnstaple HM. The weather was a little windy this year, but the rain more or less held off so conditions were pretty good for it. The course is flat (some undulation coming out of Fremington Quay and along the road before rejoining the Tarka Trail) and great PB potential. It ran smoothy and all the marshalls were enthusiastic and gave words of encouragement as we went past. Quite a few locals on the route too, although the 5 miles or so back along the Tarka trail was mentally tough as there was no support and it seems to stretch on forever. Nice medal at the end, and the T shirt was given out before the race and is technical and a decent female fit. Definitely a race I'll put in my diary for each year - especially as I got a PB! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Fast and flat, excellent marshalling In full: The atmosphere of the race was excellent - marshals were all upbeat and vocal, and there was a fair turnout of locals along the accessible parts of the route. The Tarka trail sections were fast and flat, but weren't particularly accessible to supporters, so dragged a little, especially on the way back. The views across the estuary were wonderful though. Slight incline for a couple of miles at about 4.5 miles at Fremington Quay, but nothing dramatic. Nice tech T shirt and chunky medal at the end, but no goody bag.
I really enjoyed the race, and hope to run it again next year when I'm not injured to try for a PB. Recommended! Date of review: October 4, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery and interesting race but not many marshals In full: This was my first time doing the Seven Sins and I wasn't sure what to expect reading last year's reviews.
The organisation in terms of parking seemed good (at least when I got there at 9am) and the race had been split over 2 days as it was oversubscribed so there didn't seem to be a problem with numbers like last year.
The race started on time, with a race briefing 10 minutes before. The route was tough (lots of steep, muddy and slippery ascents and descents) but the water in the tunnels was only knee high, so not as bad as predicted following all the rain.
The scenery was stunning - especially as it was a sunny, if frosty, morning and made you forget the pain in your quads!
All finishers got a medal and sports drink, those finishing sub 60 mins (I think there were about 12 on the Sunday when I ran) also got a T shirt.
My only qualm is the lack of marshals on the course. I came across a man who had injured himself and it took over 20 minutes to get a marshal and then St John's ambulance to attend.
Overall a great race though, and I'll be back next year! Date of review: December 29, 2013