Suffice to say I had every desire to run the marathon distance (6 laps), but no expectation of doing so. As always though the great feed station, atmosphere, banter with fellow competitors and the variation/set up of the course with the first half dominated by ups, and the second half of each laps mostly down where you can free the legs a little, meant that every lap finished with another feeling achievable, even the 5th which meant the marathon was on. This is the first marathon I've ever finished still running at the end. Could perhaps have done another lap but by that stage with tight quads even sliding down the hills with joyous abandon had become tough, so did the sensible thing and called it a day with what for me was quite an achievement. The mix of runners you meet on your laps for a brief chat is great, the smiling marshals despite what I'm told was not great weather (I didn't think about the weather too much; felt good for running to me) always made coming back in after each lap a pleasure, and the whole thing is just running for sheer pleasure, no clock, no pressure, great scenery, great event. Thanks to the organisers and fellow competitors for being such stars :-)
The weather and muddy conditions underfoot made for a challenging course. This was made easier by the fantastic marshals and snacks at the end of each lap. Also having the toilet handy! Excellent medal and vegan goody bag. Will be back in the spring!
This is a great race. The marshalls looked after us and everyone was very friendly. The course was interesting and challenging. All in all I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next race with SVN.
Mud, mud and a mausoleum - whats not to love. This is probably one of the more basic of the SVN events as you start in an open field with a few portaloos but personally I love muddy runs so I was in my element. Plus there was an unexpected, imposing stone mausoleum in a clearing in the woods which was an interesting twist. Friendly runners and organisers. The only downside (for me) was that I'm not a huge fan of loops and this was 6 loops. Thanks!
The route is beautiful. It's a hilly challenge and the weather and mud make it even more so but the runners and organisers are so supportive that it's a joy to take part. Aid station is well stocked and the medal and goodie bag are a treat at the end.