The Cousin Jack Classic II

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  • St Just, United Kingdom
  • 03. March, 2018
  • Rating:

    4.7/5

  • 28 Km

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17.4 miles from Cape Cornwall to St Ives OUR FLAGSHIP EVENT!

Cornish emigration had been caused by a number of factors,but due mainly to economic reasons and the lack of jobs in the 18th and 19th centuries when many great Cornish people or "Cousin Jacks" migrated to various parts of the world in search of a better life for their families.The driving force was the opportunity for skilled miners to find work abroad,later in combination with the decline of the tin and copper mines in Cornwall . It's estimated that around 250,000 Cornishmen migrated between 1861 and 1901.Miners made up most of that figure.

At the bottom of every pit in the world you will find a Cornishman...

Help us celebrate St.Piran's Day by honouring and paying tribute to our brave and hardworking ancestors who prevailed in finding a better way of life by taking on the coastal mining challenge of running from Cape Cornwall to The Island in St.Ives.

Along the route will be the world famous mines of Crowns and Wheal Owles (Poldark's Wheal Leisure)at Botallack,Geevor tin mine,Levant and grazing past Pendeen lighthouse and finishing upon 'The Island' beside Porthmeor Beach situated near the Historic Tate Gallery where you'll see exactly where the finish is as the great flag of St Piran will signal the end of the route

The 17-mile stretch between St Ives and St Just is arguably the most beautiful and certainly the most remote section of the entire coast path. It is also one of the most strenuous. There are precious few opportunities for refreshment and accommodation, particularly out of season, and the many steep descents and ascents mean that it will probably take longer than you expect to cover the distance. Be prepared! This is one of Britain’s first Environmentally Sensitive Areas, where annual grant aid allows participating farmers to work the land traditionally. Ancient field systems define a small strip of land between the sea, surging restlessly beneath three hundred foot cliffs, and steep rocky tors that represent the highest points in the Penwith Peninsula. This section is characterised by countless rocky headlands and coves and an overwhelming sense of space rarely found in today's Britain.

Welcome to the CJC II

Distance:17.4 miles(Based on GPS data as an average)

Elevation:3334ft

Difficulty:Bleddy 'ard!!!!!

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46 Review(s)

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Logistics

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Value for money


Course

Natural beauty

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Local support

Marshal supervision

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Claire Todd

Completed in 2017

4.7

Tough But Breathtaking

This is a tough and brutal section of the South West Coast Path but it is breathtakingly beautiful. The race is very well organised and this year there were more marshalls enroute who were amazingly encouraging.

The finish is a welcome sight, the pasty was devoured instantly and I was lucky enough to receive a spot prize.

Definately on the race calendar for next year 

Posted on 16.04.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your awesome review Claire!x

Melissa Poultney

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Awesome!

from the course to the marshals, the support crew to the finish line pint of cider - all perfect! Insanely challenging section of Cornish coast path but a brilliant race nonetheless 

Posted on 10.03.17

Zoe Hall

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Brutally beautiful race

Very well organised friendly event, demonstrating the love of running rather than making money. All abilities catered for and excellent support along some of the most remote and challenging parts of the Cornish coastline. Well done guys :) 

Posted on 09.03.17

Helen Davies

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Brutal but brilliant!

What an amazing day: spectacular route, friendly marshalls, beautiful medal and fantastic value for money - what more could you ask for?!

Posted on 09.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Helen. Thank you for being an awesome part of a good day out! x

Tim Robinson

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Another brilliantly organised race from Bys Vyken Events!

The Cousin Jack Classic II

After an early start in Launceston, the three of us Launceston Road Runners made our way down to Cape Cornwall for the start of the Cousin Jack Classic II. 

 

Fuelled with large Costa Coffees, we got our kit together at the start line, in nervous anticipation, whilst the wind picked up around us, and the clouds loomed!

 

Having run the Pilgrimage from Lelant to Marizion in December, myself and Russ were confident that this would be another brilliantly organised run by Bys Vyken Events. We were proved correct as we queued up efficiently for our race packs to be checked, and for our numbers to be provided.

 

In no time, we were stood at the start line, at the bottom of the hill at Cape Cornwall. As the countdown and hooter went off, there was a real buzz in the air; it was great to see so many trail runners, of all different shapes and sizes, excited about the 17.4 miles of coastal trail ahead of them.

 

Having run the coastal path here a few times before, the path and route was relatively straight forward. This was made even easier for us with the obvious Bys Vyken, Cornish Flag signage and amusing “Refuel Dreckly” notices, depicting a classic Cornish bloke with a jug of cider!

 

The first five miles or so of the race were over relatively easy-going, but undulating trail, however the weather was pretty dark and miserable. At this point the trail was sandy, so mud and slipping wasn’t too much of a problem for us.

 

After the Levant mines, the trails became rocky and boggy, however good signage and marshalling again kept us on track. Marshalls also provided much-needed jelly babies and salted peanuts!

 

The weather eventually turned, and although we hadn’t really got wet up until now, the dark, ominous looking skies, suddenly cleared, and a bright blue sky and glimmer of sunshine shone through! This sun would stay with us until the end of the run!

 

There was a strong wind in the exposed places along the clifftops, and the section near Zennor proved tough going; with hiking these stretches the only option!

 

Eventually St Ives came into view, and a tarmac section skirting around the cliffs took us out of our trail running comfort zone, before we were tested as we trudged across the beach to The Island, and St Nicholas Chapel. We could see cheery spectators waving from the top of the hill, and we made our way around the island and up the hill to the finish, where a cheery-as-ever Race Director, Dave, welcomed runners home with an impressive medal and a handshake.

 

Having sheltered from the wind, we were handed a small goody bag of sweets, Oreos and a drink, before being shown to the back of a van, packed to the roof with much-needed pasties to refuel! We were also offered a healthy jug of cider, as hinted at by the earlier signage!

 

Following getting changed and making our way out of St Ives (now in full sunshine), we ended the day where it had all kicked off… in Costa, with a large cuppa!

 

Thanks Dave and the crew for a brilliant race, along a stunning section of coastline! We are already looking forward to the next run!

Posted on 09.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Love Love Love!!
Thank you so much. I absolutely love this. Your support with this and the beautiful video has been amazing.
Is amazing to see a little idea grow and become what it has. It's because of the love and support of mega talented runners like you and fantastic crew and great people and businesses who want to help and promote us.
Can't wait to see you tear it up out there again dude!! Wicked stuff

Cheers dude
Dave x

Steven Lee

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Diesel's day out

The Cousin Jack Classic II

Love it. Fantastic challenging course along a beatiful stretch of the SWCP made better as I could run assisted with my dog Diesel. (He loved it too and the reason I entered) Can't wait to come back next year.

Posted on 09.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

So glad you loved the challenge. Diesel earned his bling. Hope to see you soon. Thanks for being a part of it.
Dave

Andrew Ferguson

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Fantastic value for money and organised by a very passionate team .

Such  a good vibe about this race, The RD puts his heart and soul into everything and everyone . 

Posted on 09.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

The team were ace and made it what it was.
Thank you. As I said before, I learn from the best. and it's cool to be able to give back and make something that people want to do. Could not ask for more or better :)

Richard Hosken

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Wow's and Ow's

The Cousin Jack Classic II

This is a challenge.... Well it was for me. I am very much an amateur runner and having only run over the 17.5 mile distance twice before, I knew before the start that this was a definite test.

I am very much taken with how Bys Vyken Events set-up their races ( this is my second race with them) with Cornish heritage being at the forefront of their racing ethos and being a true Cornishman, a run around some Cornish coastline on St Pirans weekend sounded a must do for me.

The race itself was very well organised and for the price was amazing value. So the goody bag at the end wasn't the biggest, but who cares - you shouldn't be running these events if that's all you're interested in. However, the medal was, once again, designed beautifully and worthy of the entrance fee alone.

Having never run or walked this piece of coastline before, I was amazed at just how rugged it was. Yes, it was beautiful but it was seriously hard work and I found the stones / boulders tremendously slippery and took a hat-trick of tumbles (see photo), but I'm sure I wasn't the only one who took home some battle scars. Also, my self navigation skills did let me down on one occasion, but that just meant I got to walk up some more hills when I was retracing my steps.

If you are looking for a seriously muddy challenge then look no further then this event, and on a personal note, I am very much looking forward to attending future Bys Vyken Events and would recommend them to all.

Posted on 08.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Heya
Yes,better goody bag next year.lol
Hope that leg is getting better. I actually dislocated my ankle on a recce last year on Zennor Head so the danger of that beautiful stretch is only a moment away.
Excellent effort and time and I am so happy people are loving the medal design. I hope to see you again at a future event.
Here's to being Cornish and proud,

Dave

Chris TILEY

Completed in 2017

4.6

Hayl dhagan mamvro

The Cousin Jack Classic II

A great St Piran's day adventure; wild and blustery but engaging from start to end. Great mix of runners - I learnt about renewable energy from a Liverpudlian and about the world of trail running from a local as i went around. All very friendly and with functioning loos at the start (not always a given).

As a newby I was running in trainers and a recommendation to use trail shoes might be something to consider next year.

Huge thanks to organiser and marshals. 

Only other improvement I can think of is thunner and lightning at the end!

Posted on 08.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Such a great photo. definitely one of my faves.
Thanks for being on that start line and congrats on a great finish too.
I've ordered dodgy weather for next year. The weather has always been favourable for the miserable stuff in our events so it's looking plausible lol.
Thanks again for a cool review

Dave

Tristan Sellors

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Muddy miles, dashing descents, colourful coast paths. With some slight up hills.

What a fantastic race. Scenic from start to finish. a real challenge on the senses, physically and mentally too. High fives to the organisers and all involved with the seemless support and volunteering in the wilderness haha.

 This is my second trail race with this organisation and have every confidence in getting myself involved with future events. 

Posted on 08.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

First MBH!!!! Legend!!! One love brother!!!!

Mark Owen

Completed in 2017

5

Not for the faint hearted

Awesome tough race well organised 

Posted on 08.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks bud!!! see you at another hopefully.

ANNA PASCOE

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

St Piran would be proud

Had to miss this race in 2016 due to illness, so it's fair to say I had been spending 365 days getting excited about it and it was certainly worth the wait.

The pre-race and race briefing info told you everything you needed to know and the aid stations, all staffed by friendly and helpful marshals, were exactly where stated and very welcome.

As a Cornish girl through and through, nothing makes me happier than being out on the coast path and I love the strong Cornish theme to Bys Vyken's events, including little touches that you rarely get in other events, like St Piran-themed buffs, beautifully-drawn maps and locally-made trinkets.

All in all, this is a really special event and would be cheap at twice the price. Can't wait til next year!

Posted on 08.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

You represent everything that we are all about!
Thank you,thank you,a million times thank you.
XX

Jackie Morse

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Up ...down .. and a beach ..

Challenge yourself i thought..you are mad said my legs ..loved it ..

 

Posted on 07.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Great to see you there and amazing to see the MBH contingent in force. Amazing. see you at the next one.xx

Dave Bonar

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Awesome!

A great race on a beautiful but brutal part of the SWCP!

Posted on 07.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks dude :)

Jeremy Stephens

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Cousin Jack

The cousin jack is a very enjoyable race taking in beautiful scenery on the north Cornish coast. Arguably the most beautiful part of it on the north side. There are some very technical sections so extreme care is needed if u want to save some bruises! 

The enthusiasm of the organisers is evident and it creates a lovely atmosphere for the event. 

A tough and challenging course but very enjoyable. A beautiful medal at the end too.  I will definitely be doing it next year. 

Posted on 07.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the really cool comments. We love the medal too. Without you awesome people we would never be able to stage such an event so thank you for trusting in us and running it.
Hope to see you at another.
Dave

Owain Thomas

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Some Bleddy Run

The Cousin Jack Classic II

I don't think there is any Sub 20 mile race that has this beauty, this brutality and organisation for as cheap as this anywhere else in the UK

Was worth the pain 

Posted on 07.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Owain. Top photo. Great to have you there and even better to see you finish. Just awesome x

Naomi Connon

Completed in 2017

4.9

Cousin Jacks 2

A gnarly stretch of coast path of outstanding natural beauty. The course was tough, the organisers & marshals were amazing & the medal was super cool :) a fantastic run ~ couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Posted on 07.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Naomi. Every runner including yourself were super amazing too. Hopefully you'll be back to smash it again next year x

jason Mitchell

Completed in 2017

4.6

A running event that leaves you feeling accomplished. Cornish and Proud.

Fantastic event organised and hosted with passion.

Stunning scenery with challenging technical running that lets you know you have worked hard to cross the finsh line. 

I have completed in a number of coastal running events and this one rocks, literally!

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for the great review. It's because of runners such as yourself that I am so passionate about all of this.

sarah newing

Completed in 2017

4.9

This has become one of my favourite races!

The Cousin Jack Classic II

This is the second time I have run The Cousin Jack and I will definitely be back next year for race number 3! This race is a challenging but truly beautiful route along the cornish coastpath. Its well organised by David and his team with attention to detail making sure you are well prepared and ready for the race. Maps are supplied but the route is well marked and marshalled along the way so I didn't need it. The drinks stations were well placed and supplied with supportive, friendly crew to welcome you. This is a must do race for anyone who likes a challenge, a bit of mud and a few hills! Give it a go, you won't be disappointed! The medals are pretty awesome too! 

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Amazing review. thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! x

Steve Elson

Completed in 2017

4.7

First timer

A fantastic event, I'm sure this will grow into a must go to event for many runners. I for one will sign up for the next as soon as it's available. It's a brutal race but the scenery and organisation make it an amazing experience. My ONLY negative was the last refreshment point was empty when I arrived. I guess this is due to the remoteness of the trail. 

Overall its amazing

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you so much for the great review. Yes a lot of people have mentioned that last check point. I can only apologise that this happened. It is however a 2 mile trek from a small hamlet called Wicca to that point at Carn Naun. Can be a pain but no excuses so we are sorry about that. All change next year with a point or 2.
Hope to see you again soon.
Dave x

Heather Lee

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Excellent race!

The Cousin Jack Classic II

Fantastic event! Very challenging terrain, self-navigation but also marked as part of South West coast path. Distance quoted was spot on - a real rarity for trail or coast events. Fabulous support from all involved, RD, crew and marshals. Definitely back next year! Thanks

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Love It!!!! awesome photo. Thank you for your support. Just brilliant x

Simon Blackburn

Completed in 2017

4.6

Fab event

An excellent day. The beauty of the coastline alleviated the pain in the last 3 miles. You have it right to head eastwards with the wind in mind!

The exposed terrain and harsh weather created a real commaraderie among runners which made it even more enjoyable.

I really appreciate the relatively low fee compared to other endurance events; I do appreciate the costs involved in putting on such an event, so congratulations.

I had a hydration pack which I would like to have been able to fill up at check points, (doing that with the small water bottles would have been too much of a faff). This would have required water carriers to be available. I appreciate that some of the points were perhaps inaccessible for motor vehicles, but with this in mind, perhaps you could review their location for next year?

In relation to the end of the race; the goody bag was really not up to much and felt very unbefitting of such a classic course. Again, I do appreciate the challenges here, including the difficulty in persuading local companies to sponsor an event that is very young. An established event has it much easier and of course there is a decision to be taken in balancing cost and quality. But until you are able to generate greater interest and sponsorship, I would suggest forgetting about the goody bag.

Thanks for the food; a cheese and onion pasty was most welcome. However, is there any chance of them being warm next time, or just go for something that doesn't need warming up?

Thanks again,


Simon

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Simon. Thank you for your great review.
As this is so remote, in sections there are miles between coast and road but I am currently revising the last couple of points for next year. Perhaps having a water station at Zennor instead.
I apologise for the goody bags. I can assure you that you are right. All food was paid for by us and not given. However the event was £21 plus processing fees in which I do not receive.
Hot food is something that maybe we could look into for next year perhaps in the surf building perhaps. Cannot guarantee that though as we weren't allowed to use it this year and it would be difficult to keep food hot for 7 hours with our facilities and no access to electricity on The Island. Using the surf building however would require us to hike up the entry fee. Something I aim not to do too much as I don't want to start extorting people.
Thanks and hope to see you again. we can only improve I hope.

Dave

Alison Campbell

Completed in 2017

4.9

Truely stunning coastline, brilliantly organised

The Cousin Jack Classic II

I Ran this as the sweep marshal. It's a completely unique, stunningly beautiful but brutal route, well signposted (I didn't get lost once and I didn't need to look at the map) safety was paramount with medics at various points (they seemed to get everywhere) and all marshals, including me, having radios to communicate. Would recommend to anyone who loves trail running and wants a real challenge! 

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

We love you!x

Charlotte Bennett

Completed in 2017

4.5

A truly unique and challenging race

This is the 2nd time i have run Cousin Jack Classic and it doesn't get any easier! 17.5 miles of brutally technical terrain and amazing, rugged cornish scenery...what's not to love? David and his team put a lot of thought and hard work into making this event possible. There were plenty of brave marshals out on the course offering encouraging words, water and sweets and there were signs where they were needed .Be warned though, David does have a warped sense of humour... he makes you run 16 very tough, technical miles and then you see st ives down the hill...you think great, nearly there, easy finish now!...wrong!... run the length of a very soft sandy beach and then right around the island....yep, you've guessed it....to the very top, finishing up steps...brilliant

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the kickass review. So great to have an epically talented trail runner back for a 2nd year. Hope to see you for the 3rd x

Kev Roberts

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Brutal and Beautiful

As a proud Cornishman, this has to be my favourite race. Beautiful location, brutal terrain and the most fantastic race atmosphere. I will definately run this event next year and for as many years as my body will allow me. David and his team ran a wonderfully organised and most importantly friendly event, with the nicest bling. Well done to all.

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Love this love this love this!!!!
THANK YOU XXXX

John Yelland

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Tough running but oh so rewarding

I have done this route in the other direction but never from Cape Cornwall to St Ives.

Everything is stripped back and relaxed, which I loved. From the registration process through to the course marking. I love the Cornish coastpath and there isn't a more stunning stretch than this even, not that you get to have a look around if you are running fast(ish) as one false step and you are over. Maybe those a bit further back could enjoy the views, especially due to the strong onshore winds and large waves.

The course is a lot of steep ascents and descents with some very technical stages where it is impossible to run, this is not a course for PB's!

Now I have finished I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it and would defo do this again. And at the price it is definietly value for money.

One thing to take note of is you need to organise your travel in advance as it is point to point with no transport back to the start.

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hiya
Thank you so much for a great review and I hope to see you again at another soon.
Dave

Sharon Flanagan

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Bleddy Ard is right!

As a Cornish Emigree myself I couldn't resist the oppportunity to travel back from my current home in Dublin be part of this, especially when I won the entry in a draw, thanks so much for that by the way! Having running family living in Cornwall helped as well so there were three of us lined up wondering what we had let ourselves in for on a blustery, grey Saturday morning in March. Starting in Cape Cornwall brought back memories for me as I lived in St Just as a small child and we used to walk from the village to the beach at Priest's Cove in summer. The weather always seemed to be hot and sunny back then.

Not sure if anything could really have prepared me for this experience. The trails and mountains I trained on in Ireland had nothing on this, especially the mud and the wind but it was the experience of a lifetime. Running, splashing, trudging, climbing and a couple of times falling in the most challenging terrain is one of the best things I have ever taken part in. Totally awe inspiring views of coast and the industrial archaeology of Cornwall can't be beaten.

There were times in the first half of the race where I started to wonder what I was doing but when I got to the cut off point at Zennor in less than 3 hours and my husband, mum and her partner were unexpectedly there to cheer me on I knew I was going to do it. Then, in the second part of the race I found myself a race buddy, Anna, and together we conquered the rocks and yet more mud to finally get sight of Porthmeor Beach and the Island glinting in the bright sunshine. I have never been so pleased to see St. Ives! 

We crossed the line together and got our beautiful Cornish medals and the greatest sense of achievement imaginable amongst friends and family.

Excellently organised from sign up, pre race info, race briefing and friendly marshalling I would definately recommend this to anyone up for a challenge. You won't get an experience, and views, like this anywhere else. Guaranteed.

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

top review. Thank you so much. Hope to see you at the next. It was brutal but you did it. Amazing effort. So awesome to see you finish and hang that medal around your neck.epic x

Phillip Henwood

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

A real experience in a beautiful location

I ran this with my dog. It was pretty tough but a realy good experience. Beautiful scenery and lots of history.

My only slightly negative comment would be that the marshals and aid stations were plentiful and great until 9 miles. There was the cut-off at 11 miles with no water and then no marshals until just outside St Ives (maybe because I was going slowly, probably because of access problems). Also nobody to direct you down onto beach.

By finish at 5hr45 they seemed to have run out of drink and pasty although maybe my mistake. 

I had been entered to do the original social run and last year. Was so glad to make it this year. 

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hello mate
There should have been 2 marshals at Carn Naun point with water at mile 12, the point before Clodgy Point. If there wasn't then I am truly sorry about that.
Yea the logistics of some of these places are a nightmare.
I took one box of cider(80) pints and 3 boxes of Ginsters home with me so I can assure you that there were refreshments 100% in the SAS van on display on the island.
The pasties were all in opened boxes on the table inside the van.
Sorry if there was any confusion about this.
Thanks for being a part of the day.
Dave

Simon Williams

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4

Very tough coast path race

I know most people just give the positives, but I'm going to give negatives as well, to try and help improvements for future events.

Positives:

- Easy to register on the day

- Great, challenging course

- Enthusiastic and knowlegable organisers and marshals

- Great medal

Negatives:

- Race briefing was too long; having too many unnecessary thank yous to all the sponsors etc.

- Budget facilities (just vans in car park)

- Easy to go the wrong way on the course

- Cold pasties

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hiya bud. Thank you for your feedback. I actually agree that the race briefing could have been shortened. Something for the next one definitely.
As for the budget vans, well as you ran the course I am not really sure you would find one obvious venue en route to have checkpoints such as buildings,pubs etc.
Cold pasties were cold because they were Ginsters and again, having no facilities being in a remote area we couldn't cook them for you. I had tried to get Philps, Warrens, Rowes and Prima on board but each one didn't want to know so we had to go with Ginsters again. But 90% enjoyed them surprisingly.
Also in that long safety briefing even though I did say I had some markers out I did also say that runners should treat it as self navigation and that there were maps being handed out for those that wanted it at baggage drop.
I do appreciate these comments and I will still be attempting so sort the food for next year. Perhaps a BBQ but that's another health and safety nightmare.
I will say though that these things are not billed any more than 'budget' due to the even only costing £21. If you look at some events you can pay £65 for the same medal and t shirt every single year and be given 1 clif bar at the end.
Other than that I'm glad you enjoyed the event even though we had some faults. We will try to rectify some of this next year.
Thanks

Tim Leadsford

Completed in 2017

4.5

Challenging, slightly dangerous...but so rewarding!

The Cousin Jack Classic II

With a strong wind a heavy rain forecast, the prospect of spending several hours on this stretch of exposed coast path was daunting. Fortunately the wind was on our backs /sides and not head on and it only rained on and off for the first 7 or 8 miles. The course has many faces and many moods, weaving through unique mining country landscape on gravel paths, rocky technical sections with sheer drop offs, across many small streams, through some quite boggy/ green sections and always with stunning coastal views to your left if you can find the time to look up off the trail!

It is breathtaking in both senses of the word and completely rewarding. Well organised and a great atmosphere make it one of the funnest events i've taken part in.

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Congratulations on completing this and thank you for your continued support dude. Top stuff and a wicked time too.

Anthea Osborne

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Beautifully brutal...

...we Cornish love a dichotomy and Bys Vyken events always deliver - the full spectrum of March weather and every terrain I've ever imagined trying to cross at 'speed'. Not a dull moment was had, fabulous atmosphere, the marshalls were wonderful as always and those non-stop awesome views...

Very good value for money (no nasty fake plastic shinyness in sight!), exactly what you need & no frivilous crap you don't. Would highly recommend.

Posted on 06.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Great to see you on Sunday and I love this review. Definitely no fake plastic shiny stuff. Hope to see you next year.

Jane Allison

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Awesome!

Stunning, unique and intentionally tough course.

So much attention to detail put into making this event special.

Great value for money.

Only criticism is logistics of different start finish locations. Would have really benefited from pre-race transfer bus being offered as option to greatly reduce travelling time and mileage.

Posted on 05.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Heya. Thanks for the cool review. Where would the fun be if we made it that easy for you. lol.
Sorry you had an awful journey and I hope the race made up for it. Congratulations on the trinket. Very well deserved. You are an extremely talented runner and I suspected you would be winning something.
Hope to see you next year. Keep up the great running in devon and may see you at the next FR event.x

David issitt

Completed in 2017

4.7

A Cornish Trail at its best

Hard conditions - both weather and terrain - but a great event to take part in.  Well organised and plenty of marshals/support along the way.  I will definitely have this one in my event calender for next year.

Posted on 05.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Glad you enjoyed it. It is definitely tough and there and you smashed it. Brilliant to see you finish. See you at the next one.

Jamie Luxmoore

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Great friendly trail race

It's so nice to have a trail race that isn't overly commercialised. No nonsense load music and self-promotion, just a freindly race at a reasonable price in an amazing location. Loved it, proper knarly terrain in places, felt wild with massive waves crashing on the rocks just below and no one else in sight. That said most of the course was actually quite runnable, the rough sections were quite short so it definitely felt like a run not a trudge. All in all, it was awesome if you like that sort of thing.

Posted on 05.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the really ace review dude. Amazing time (course record trophy should be finished and in the post by the end of the week). Hope you will enjoy the cool headtorch. Brilliant running. Thank you were being a part of a really cool day and hopefully see you next year.

Neil Greenhill

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

A fantastic race

trully beautiful and challenging course. 

Posted on 05.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Such a stunning part of the SWCP. Ace running and I hoped you enjoyed some cider cause it would have been truly deserved.

Simon Green

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Fantastic

This was a really great race full stop. I can't really fault it. Even the weather wasn't too bad despite the forcast. I've done two of the Bys Vyken races now and would be happy to recommend them to anyone. 

Posted on 05.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Was great to see you again at one of our events. Great time too. Hopefully we'll see you at the next.

Hayley Stacey

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Fantastic Race, Stunning Route

First time this year and loved every minute. Great organisation,  everything we needed was catered for and communication was great.  Definitely will be there again next year.  Love Cornwall. 

Posted on 05.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Sooooo glad you enjoyed our little event. Thank you for helping to make it what is was.

Rachael  Young

Completed in 2017

4.7

Orange Peel and litter

Great Event, fantastic organisation, amazing location, brilliant marshalling. a wonderful day out and the sun was shining. What more could we ask for. I only have one little gripe.......such a shame a few people could not pick their litter up and take it home. Orange peel can take years to biodegrade in the british countryside - but unfortunately i found a number of little piles along the route.

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hiya. Thank you for being a part of it and glad you had a great experience. I can only apologise about some of the litter. The sweeps did come back with some so I know that any significant litter out on course has been cleared. All attempts were made to stop this happening but unfortunately it does even though it shouldn't.
Thank you for the feedback. It's greatly noted and I hope to see you at another event. This is such a beautiful place and no 2 days are ever the same out there which is strange to say but very true.
Congrats on getting to that finish. well deserved.

Caroline  Cable

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

EPIC

The Cousin Jack Classic II

Thank you for an absolutely cracking race. What a tough and gnarly route that was. Il wear my bruises with pride. 

Seriously, I love  to feel that I've really achieved something and I did today. 

Your Marshals and crew are tops. 

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

10th lady!!!! #LoveTheCable x

Claire Todd

Completed in 2017

4.7

Awesome Event

What an amazing race, the marshalls were superb in those horrendously windy and sometimes wet conditions. 

Perfect amount of mud and hills, the scenery is so stunning it helps to take your mind off the extremely tough terrain.

Sign me up for next year

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Brilliant running and ace to see you over that finish line. Hope to see you next year. Glad you loved it and took away the memory of a good event. That's key to us is to always try to give you guys the best of memories to take away with you.x

Kev Pope

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Cheap and very cheerful

don't expect to be ferried around from the start and finish. There is nothing fancy here, just a good old fashioned Cornish trail race over some of the most beautiful and tough sections of the SW coast path. Lots of encouragement and support from the marshals and aid stations and a pasty at the finish line (cider too if you can manage it). I had a great time. 

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Cheers for a cool review. Hope to see you next year. Glad you had a good day.

Sharon Hambley

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Absolutely Incredible

I have just completed this event with 2 other friends. It was not easy. It was exactly as David described 'bleddy 'ard'!!! But, we did it. And we did it well within the cut off time. 

We ran when we could, which was mainly for the first 11 miles. The terrain covered just everything it could! It was everything the Cornish coastal path could be; grass track, mud track, stones, mud, muddy puddles, big stones, boulders, steps. The Cornish weather certainly came out to play!  Anyway, we did it. The Marshalls were fantastic, supportive all the way. David helped me in every way he could. He provided moral support, advice on the kit list and he was completely honest about the route. He gave regular updates about the route conditions and plenty of humour along the way. 

If you are considering this event. It is a must. Just do it. But most importantly, the medal is awesome! 

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Ahh this is such a great review. Thank you so so much for a cool review. I love that you loved it and was amazing to see you on that start line. Especially after all those nerves you spoke about on fb. Truly brilliant.
I love the medal love too. next year's already has a design. True story. see you soon maid. Next year again I hope.

Sam Merrett-cope

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Cornwall does the views and trail . By vixen sorts the rest

The Cousin Jack Classic II

This was a once in a lifetime race . The amazing Cornish coast supplies a wonderful race from cape Cornwall to st Ives . From start to finish you are taken care of , with marshalls in the most remote of places in the wind and rain to make sure you are fed and watered is a true testament of the company's / personals passion to the event . A big plus to me is how much the organiser David puts his heart and soul into the planning of the events to show his love of Cornish heritage . It's a event that I would recommend to anyone with no problem at all . 

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for this mate. Great review, great running and top dude. I hope to see you on the trails at one of our events again. Dave

Jennifer Forbes Trevorrow

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Hard to beat this kinda race!

The Cousin Jack Classic II

A well organised race that's suficiently marshalled from start to finished. It would be hard to find a race of that length in the uk at that level of technicality. Truest beautifull coastline. Everyone was beaming even the ones in pain!! 

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the review and the support and being a part of a really really cool day. All you runners make it what it is. I create the route and put a few signs out. The create the memories and stories which is amazing. It's amazing that we can do that for all you talented people. Hope to see you down the line at another soon.x

Gary Schofield

Completed in 2017

5

Amazing

The Cousin Jack Classic II

this is the second time I have run this race.

amazing coastline, amazing runners, and more importantly the organisation is perfect.

extreamly difficult terrain, but the route is well marked out and maps available for those who need them.

Great run - see you next year!!

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Dude you were amazing for the 2nd year in a row. Sorry you had a crappy time with cramp but so glad you loved the race. Be great to see you for a 3rd. Next year's medal is already designed.

Martin Post

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Fantastic Race

Very tough 17 mile race. Organisation was fantastic throughout. I couldn't work out how some of the marshals got onto the coast path. Would recommend.

Posted on 04.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Some of those marshals are crazy. Although how they forgive me for putting them there I don't know. Haha.
Thanks for the review and glad you had a good day and hope to see you next year.Dave