Great event organised very professionaly, especially with the complication of the point to point raceThe only suggestion from my side is to have maybe 1-2 more checkpoints and to avoide the out and back for the last mile which doesn't really add any value to a great route
My first ultra run and a good one to choose. reasonably flat, well sign posted and interesting scenery. All well organised in a low key fashion, which is a positive point. Coach to take you from finish to start, 3 food stops and a well stocked finish. The volunteers were great. At the half way point they took my water bottles straight away and returned them, full, in a minute. At the finish they gave everyone a big round of applause and then put food and drink in front of you. Great stuff. Recommended event especially for those a bit nervous about ultra running.
My first time over 50k and I went to places mentally and physically Ive never been to before. I had a chest infection the week leading up to the event so had to leave it until the day before to decide if I was going through with it.Positive Steps run this event, theres something reassuring old Skool about them. Theres nothing flash or pontsy about their set up, the routes are through some stunning countryside following the old Roman Rd from Kettishall to Holme in Norfolk.Within the first 2k the course was flooded where the boardwalks next to the river were submerged. The weather was great at this point but unless youve got the ability to walk on water you were getting wet feet. It was around 8 inches and this went on for I dunno, 20 metres or so. Wet feet and still another 76k to go!The first quarter is mainly trail, fields, some hardpack, the 2nd quarter is mainly roads (approx 70%) until you got to the halfway point and check in at the pub in Castle Acre.Hot coffee and soups, the chance to change gear and away we were, the weather had changed by this time and it was windy and heavy rain. It rained for around 3 hours Id say but it not only had an effect on how mentally tough it was, doing this and being so wet and cold, but now we were back on trail the runnners before me (and there were quiet a few!) had churned up the trail into this thick mud. Not that it needed too much encouragement as some of it is like the Somme due to the farm traffic.By the time Id got to the Doghotel, family and friends were waiting to cheer me on. I knew there was only 21k to go and despite the rain stopping, the night was now setting in and it was on with the head torch.I latched onto 3 girls who were just that bit quicker then me, that got me through to the finish after the iconic taking the page from the book on the beach to run the 1k or so back to the finish- this is the village hall at Holme, the timing mat is actually inside the hall, as I crossed the line the people who were helping out along with the other finishers clapped and cheered. I sat there in ore for a few minutes- stunned that I had done this event, 48 years of age, I missed last years due to a knee injury weeks before the event so to be sat there with my medal on.. well Im still buzzing now. 10hrs 41 mins. Norfolk 100 June? Why not!
An epic! If East Anglia is a bicycle wheel, this is like running from hub to rim along a spoke -- going so far in a fairly straight line, it's the kind of route best viewed from space... it's an actual journey. A good crowd of runners and very friendly and useful support at the checkpoints, with a (literally) warm welcome at the end stepping over the timing mat on the threshold of the door into the bliss of the village hall, with hot spuds and drinks, and home-made cake, amongst other reviving goodies. I made my way home by bus and train from the village, which actually worked out well too.
Typical wet winter conditions and associated mud made for a tough day. Norfolk is also not as flat as people would believe either.The checkpoint and finish volunteers in particular were fantastic and really made the day
I retired at 24 Miles through injury but other than that it was a great event. Having done kings forest I can only commend the positive steps teams and army of volunteers. Great organisation and information provided throughout. Hoping to be a regular at a lot of PS events moving forward.