I’d been waiting a while to take on an Endurance Life event. My original booking was for the Northumberland event in February, but a more local race popped up and EL’s transfer system on the website is so easy to use that I opted to switch to this race.
A Coastal Trail Series Race isn’t cheap, £50 for a marathon is at the higher end of the scale, but you do get your monies worth from the location. Information is plentiful on their website and for those that lack pre-race organisation they do place the start point postcode at the top of the pre-race email. That’s forward thinking!!
Registration. Smooth, informal and lots of staff to get you sorted quickly. This years t-shirt is a bit of a nasty flesh colour. It may stay in its packet!!
Briefing. Whilst it was blowing a hooley during our briefing, it was conducted thoroughly with no stone unturned. Lots of info on our route, what signs to follow and what to look for on the course. Well done Team CTS.
The Route. Wow! What views there are on this route. I wouldn’t normally get the camera out for pics but this offered some sublime outlooks from cliffs and vantage points. I’ve just completed a different marathon which claims to Britain’s Most Scenic Marathon along fire access tracks and forests, it was dull!! The route along the coastline of the North York Moors was far more scenic and breathtaking. If you want a race with jaw-dropping views book this one NOW!
All the stuff at the end. Medal was good, T not so (blue or black pls) massage was £5 for 5 minutes or a tenner for 10. There was some faff getting my timing chip off my wrist and I got a touch annoyed at this. On reflection this was more me being depleted of energy and reserves.
What I liked about this race was an important factor of volume of runners. This race was small, just how I like it. There were enough on the course so you never lost sight of a fellow runner but you never ran in a pack of 40 people! It also meant I had a decent chance of getting a 3rd in Age Group prize 😂.
Would I do this race again? Not this specific race (too many good CTS races to choose from, so why hash out the same race) but I do plan to add one of their marathons or ultras to the 2019 calendar.
Top marks for a great day out!