When I first signed up to the race I wasn't too sure what to expect as there wasn't any reviews or much information other than the description on the website.
Communication was pretty good. race day instructions were only sent out a few days prior. I guess this is probably because of the variables in weather and route changes but some extra communication a couple of weeks prior would be nice but by no means a deal breaker.
Directions to the start were very clear and parking was very easy.
Registration and kit check went very smoothly .
I would say that a coupe of extra toilets would have gone down well. But I was there early enough not to have to queue too long.
Before the start of the race was a nice and short race briefing. They had explained some locals/walkers had removed some of the way markers for some unknown reason so and they were doing their best to make sure we didnt get lost!
The race itself was amazing. The route was stunning. First following the River Erme up and down before meandering through some beautiful countryside and villages before dropping into Bigbury then running along the beach out to Burgh Island. There as a little welcome part there cheering us on which was nice as I felt pretty sapped of energy by that point after running for what felt like a couple of miles on the beach.
After Burgh Island the real challenge started. The South West Coast Path out to the Mothecombe estuary crossing. The scenary was amazing but the temperature was also starting to rise and it felt tough. After the crossing there was another couple of tough sections of coastal path before again heading inland over some beautiful countryside before making our way back up the River Erme to the finish line.
The reception at the finish was amazing lots of cheering and clapping. Just what you want after completing 46.4km with 1300m elevation.
All in all I really enjoyed my day runing Race the Tide stunning route I don't think you could tire of.
I thought the aid stations were well stocked and supported although I didn't use them to there full potential other than topping up my water/nutrition bottles.
There wasn't much in the way of crowds/spectators around the route but for me I wasn't that bothered it was remote so I don't blame people for not standing in the middle of nowhere to cheer us on.
Overall I thought it was well organised well. Marshalled and put together I would Definately recomend it to an new or seasoned trail runner
Just one addition I think would have added to the experiance is some sort of bar/food at the finish. I could have murdered a cider and a burger at the end.
This is the kind of race that immediately has you wearing a big smile and has you reaching for the organiser's website afterwards to enter some of their other races.
Great atmosphere, very well marked, friendly and plentiful staff and marshals and welcome aid stations (especially the coke at mile 9!).
Can't wait til next year.
Pure Trail have another great event on their hands here.
After racing another event in the morning, I arrived slighlty tired and aching ankle due to rolling it in the first race I did ealrier that day, but I had promised to run this event with a great friend, so was here ready to go.
Regestration was simply, get you number get a dibber and you are ready to go. The race started on the beach lookiing ahead to the freezing cold waters of the Erme Estuary which would be the first 200 meters or so of the race and would also be close to the finish.
3.30pm and we were off, running across the beach, through the chilly water and up onto the trails, the atmosphere from the runners was great, marshals around the route very friendly and enocuarging, lots of silly jokes and shouts from them, there was mud, more mud, shallow mud and for some who picked the wrong line over the knee deep mud, half way through the light had dropped enought to need the head torch, but running through woods on sometimes tricky trails makes for a fun different experince. Soon we were back to the estuary and crossing the rising waters following the light sticks and suprisingly marshals stood in the waters making sure we were safely across and presumably not heading out to sea. A massive Thank You to the marshals for their fantastic effort and for standing out in very cold weather, just so we could prance around in the mud.
After one last climb we were at the finish, a few people were sad that there was no medal, just a nice Buff, but it did state that on the entry website, and the organisers are I believe doing medals for 2018.
Will I be back for 2018, yes of course I will, wouldnt miss it.
I entered this race because of its uniqeness. Where else do you get the opportunity to run a short trail race both in daylight and at sundown. Great venue, superb course signage and marking, if you love the trails and mud it is a complete mudfest. Friendly supportive marshalls. Easy registration and great t-shirt. Finally running across the erme estuary in the dark was magical as you are guided by a row of lights across the bay. Love love loved it! Another winning event organised by Pure Trail Running
First time doing this event and I signed up as I thought it was unique and different. The course was certainly muddy, wet, hilly and very very tough. I think 3.30 was too late a start time, as even with head torches the course was dangerous when the sun went down, particularly the mile or so before the estuary on the way back. I would also liked to have seen a hot drink station at the end due to how cold it was but overall the refreshments did the job. Unfortunately there was no medal which is a real shame as it was certainly deserving of one, I would do it again next year if there was a medal.