The Madness Of King George

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  • Hayle, United Kingdom
  • 27. August, 2017
  • Rating:

    4.9/5

  • 100 Km

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12 HOURS OF ROYAL HELL

THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE

Sunday 27th August 2017 @ 8AM KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL WALK, HAYLE, CORNWALL

12 HOURS!

1 MILE LAPS!

1/2 MILE UP THE ROAD!

1/2 MILE DOWN THE PATH!

LIMITED TO 75!

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT TO HAVE COMPLETED A MARATHON DISTANCE OR MORE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS OR WILL HAVE COMPLETED ONE BY RACE DAY.

DO YOU HAVE THE JEWELS?

12 Hours of a half mile out to the bottom of Phillack Hill and a half mile back toward the swimming pool to turn around again and do the lap again continuously until the 12 hours is up.

The one who lasts the 12 hours with the most laps of a mile is the winner.

This is a predominantly flat course with only 19ft of elevation per lap. Possibly only due to the speedbumps o the road half section.

RULES

No cheating the course i.e, skipping between path and road unless instructed otherwise by officials or authorities.

No support runners.

Anything less than the full 12 hours is a DNF(This isn't like other events where you can put in as much or little as you like and pick up the same memento). If you have run 100k and stopped at 11 hours and 59 minutes then that's a DNF.

If you're still out on the course at the 12 hour mark then you can finish the lap you started. That lap will count toward your final total.

Going to the toilet on course is a DNF. There are portaloos for that.

Littering will result in a DNF. This is an RSPB and Hayle in Bloom area.(Please respect your environment)

You must stay on course for the full 12 hours unless you must take a toilet break. Breaking this rule will result in a DNF. You must rely on a mandatory kit and support from our crew to survive the 12 hours!

There will be a baggage drop but no access to your kit until your race is over through dropping out or completion of the 12 hours.

NO DOGS!!!

NO PUSHCHAIRS.

NO HEADPHONES.

DEFERRALS AND TRANSFERS UPTO 14 DAYS BEFORE RACE DAY.

NO REFUNDS WITH NO EXCEPTIONS(COSTS BEGIN THE MOMENT YOU ENTER)

ALL PARTICIPANTS TO BE 18+

WE BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE IT THAT EASY. WHERE WOULD THE FUN BE IN THAT?

(COMPULSORY KIT CHECK PRE REGISTRATION CAN BE FOUND IN 'RACE DAY INFO')

EVENT INCLUDES

TRAFFIC FREE RUNNING

FULLY MARKED

FULLY SUPPORTED

CROWN AND SCEPTRE FOR THE KING AND QUEEN(1ST MALE AND FEMALE)

AWARDS FOR 1ST,2ND,3RD MALE AND FEMALE

CERTIFICATE FOR ALL WHO COMPLETE 100K OR MORE WITHIN THE 12 HOURS

BESPOKE MEDAL FOR ALL FINISHERS

JESTER HAT FOR ALL DNF'S

CHIP TIMING SOLUTION FROM HS SPORTS

OMEGA MEDICAL SUPPORT COVER

FUEL STATIONS WHICH WILL BE FULLY STOKED WITH ALL THINGS SWEET AND SAVOURY AND WITH WATER, COKE AND OTHER GOODIES INCLUDING TEA AND COFFEE ON HAND. (JUST LET US KNOW WHEN YOU WOULD LIKE IT AS YOU SEE US).

PASTY TO ALL FINISHERS

PRIZES FROM TRIATHLON STORE FOR 1ST,2ND AND 3RD OVERALL

SPOT PRIZES FOR LUCKY RUNNERS

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11 Review(s)

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Tracy Waite

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Still quite emotional about this......way more than a race!

The Madness Of King George

So where do I start.......I had BIG expectations about this day, this was a BIG one for me. This was not just a race but a marking of a personal journey thatI hve been on for the past few years. I grew up here in Hayle, I grew up on this walk...this place mean a lot to me, so what better than to celebrate itby runningup and down it for 12 hours!!!!! So race day came, us excited 14 runners all congrigated for the race brief, spirits were high, the sun was out, marshalls, David and Sallie were all on top form. 8am came and off we went. Up and down, up and down, and up and down some more. Now this may sound like a total mind mess for many but the friendship that us 14 runners all built up during the corse of the 12 hours was remarkable. Marshalls and raceorganisers were the best yet, there wasnt a lap completed with a dozen whoop whoops, there wasnt a half lap completed without encouragement, there wasnt 400 metre mark reached without cheers and mexican waves. I had HUGE expectations about what I wanted from this race, it met them and gave me more than I ever would have imagined. I am pleased to had shared my journey with such inspiring fellow runners, amazingly supportive masrhalls and David and Sallie and also our families, friends and thepublic that came along to cheer us on. My best race yet...I cant wait till next year!

Posted on 06.09.17

Reply from the race organiser

Not all superheroes wear capes Super Tracy xx

Laura Millward

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

A wonderful day of Madness

The Madness Of King George

As soon as this race appeared on the calendar I had to enter it as I'd done some flat training miles for Manchester Marathon along the route, so I was keen to try and see how far I could run along it in 12 hours. I've done a few ultras but all hilly trails so this was a good test for a 100 miler coming up in three weeks time.  I usually volunteer at Bys Vyken Events rather than run them so this was my turn to have some of the amazing volunteer help for myself.   And the crew were the best thing about this race - feeding and watering us, forcibly applying sunscreen as the temperature rose, dunking hats in iced water and generally looking after our every need.  The mid way marshalls were a cheering superteam, mexican waving us twice EVERY lap and they even had individual nicknames and shouts for each runner!!!

Most people I mentioned it to thought this race sounded most of all - boring, they couldn't have been more wrong!!  Yes, a half mile stretch then back again over and over, on the face of it sounds a bit monotonous but it was amazing how the time flew by and with waves, thumbs up and wry comments to other competitors as they either lapped or passed by on the other side the hours were soon ticking down.  We were allowed to have stuff handed to us by supporters as long as we didn't leave the course so a fair few ice lollies were eaten as it was one of the hottest days so far this year.

Dave and Sally, the RD's left nothing to chance and their attention to detail was brilliant.  This was the biggest and heaviest medal I've ever received, individually handmade and now has pride of place on my medal rack.  Finishing the race was emotional for everyone and I think we all want to come back next year.  Also lots of the supporters and crew were wishing they'd entered so I think next year's take up will be high.

Well done Dave & Sally, it was a triumph!

Posted on 31.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you so much Laura. You were just incredible x

Kieran Murrant

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

12 hours of summer madness!

In 8 year's of running I have taken part in many running events, local and further afield. I can honestly say that this may well have been the best event of them all. It's easy to see that this race is organised by other passionate runners. Every single marshal went beyond what was expected of them. Fuel stops were absolutely fantastic with everything you could possibly need. The medals were fantastic and so different from anything I have ever received before. I would sign up now for next year if I could! 

Posted on 30.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Fantastic effort dude. I loved handing you that 100k certificate award and knowing that the first time that you ran 100k you did it with us. Proud of you mate.

Dave xx

Gem Fletcher

Completed in 2017

5

Yet another beautifully organised event.

The Madness Of King George

Well what an event it was! Dave comes up with the most AMAZING unique ideas and executes them with passionate precision. Every detail is checked and checked again, weeks of preparation went into this organising and it showed how dedicated Dave is in providing runners with the best possible experience.

This was a first time event but you wouldn't have known, it was seamless food stations were stocked with everything needed and some. A dedicated massage area for all runner's as and when they needed, dealing with all issues and strapping runners enabling them to continue. Marshal support was fantastic and I felt the participants were encouraged and supported brilliantly.

I don't think anyone truly appreciates the hard work that goes on behind the scenes before race day and the amount of work that continues post race. 

It was an absolute honour to have been part of such a unique emotionally charged experience. 

Posted on 30.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

I love this photo. Thanks Gem. Another review that got me teary eyed. This was a special event made special by every runner and every marshal. Thank you xx

ANNA PASCOE

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

The best possible way to be driven mad!

When I signed up for this, the main things I thought were:

1. I can't get lost (I'm really bad at navigation).

2. I've done Bys Vyken events before and they were great.

3. I like Hayle.

When the temperature was already in the mid-twenties well before lunchtime and the miles were suddenly becoming a whole lot harder although those 3 things still stood it was certainly becomming more of a struggle!

However, this event could not have been better organised, although half a mile before a turnaround point doesn't sound far it was a real boost every lap as the quarter mile point marshals cheered and danced and the turnaround point marshals at either end topped up drinks and handed over extra water to cool us down with, and indeed anything else we needed!

Another lovely aspect of this event is it's suitability for different types of participants - it would be good for someone doing their first 12 hour event in a very safe and well supported environment, or for the more experienced looking to rack up the miles on a flat and exceptionally scenic course.

Posted on 30.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Anna we love you and we are stunned with the incredible feedback. I am glad you had an amazing day and I hope to see you at the next one.

All the best

Dave xxx

Sam Merrett-cope

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Madness

It was a crazy hot day . But with the help of all the crew and fellow runners the 12 hours flew by . I would recommend this event to anyone 

Posted on 29.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Sam
Yes it was stupid hot. The crew were all superb. They covered it all and then some. I was surprised at how quick it was all done and dusted. A very emotional day. I hope you are well good sir and hope to see you at the next one in some capacity.

Dave
XX

Simon Timms

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

Bank Holiday Madness !!

Firstly I would say it was a good well organised race with excellent support from Marshals and massage crew . 

What I think let it down was the lack of available seating ( There was none ) Also not having access to your own fuel at the feedstation . I've raced other events of a similar nature and we were able to get to our own nutrition and kit as and when and also sit down as it was so warm on race day maybe this could be thought about for next year ?? Also maybe if it's hot again something to cool us all down would be good . 

The finishers medal is AWSOME ! 

Would I do this race again well the blisters are starting to stop hurting and my legs are beginning to talk to me again so the answers yes ! 

Posted on 29.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Simon
Thank you for the feedback. I have to say that there were plenty of places to actually sit. There were chairs next to the massage tent and also the walk itself was littered with benches that weren't being used for much of the day. I'm honestly not quite sure that as a running race we would need to be thinking of supplying seating?
Carrying your own kit with your own nutrition were the rules(to begin with). It was meant to be mental. If we were to go out training for 12 hours then surely we'd be responsible for our own food? We are very much back to basics where running should be. Too many events wrap their runners up in cotton wool and unfortunately that's what they end up expecting everywhere. We want a running company where it's just about the running and not the softening up of the ultra athlete.
I did change these rules anyway as people were actually somehow being confused by them. I put out posts confirming that people could give you what you want in the end as long as they met you on course which people took full advantage of. The main fuel station which nobody was ever more that a half mile away from at any given time was stocked with literally everything. We had gels and protein bars and many forms of nutrition that the general population of runners could take with them if they wanted.
As part of kit check you needed to have nutrition ,ie bars, gels, snacks, a picnic if you wanted. The rules stated these words, "Even though we will have plenty of food you shouldn't just rely on us for your nutrition". What was meant by this was the fact that what we have may not work for you and you hopefully can appreciate the expense we would have had to get every runner everything that they needed individually, ie the exact item that worked for them. Did you see our ice bucket ladies who were cooling those down who wanted to be cooled down or not? We had crew that were on it for 12 hours.Honestly I am not sure how you could have missed these guys as they were on a turnaround point.
Anyway you finished and I'm glad you chose to be on the start line. We do appreciate your comments and we will try to work on these issues for next year(if there will be a next year. I was a privilege to hang a medal around your neck as you are a talented runner and tri athlete that is at the top of his game so to choose this event as something you wanted to do was fantastic. I just don't really quite understand these points enough to try and give a response that would benefit you.
As I said we do appreciate these comments and overall it was a great day and it was great to actually get to meet you properly after seeing you finish the Plague a couple of weeks earlier.

Thanks and all the best...

Dave

Chris Hammick

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Amazing and a must do!

The Madness Of King George

What a great event, the inaugural Madness of King George was everything a coronation should be! Sunshine, smiles, laughter, regal participants and an amazing support cast led superbly by the crowning creators of some of the most stunning and imaginative endurance events the far West Country has to offer. If you are looking to be truly challenged emotionally, physically and spiritually then this is for you! This event will gain in popularity and will fast prove to be a must do event in your endurance calendar. Superbly organised, brilliantly marshalled and enthusiastically completed by all competitors, enter and be crowned a champion! 

Posted on 29.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

And what a champion you were Chris. The constant comments from you of, "this isn't hard enough" were testament to your strength in humour and ability to keep smiling throughout despite your niggles and pains. It was amazing to be able to hang a medal around your neck. It was truly deserved and you thoroughly earned my respect. Great stuff dude and I hope to see you soon. Thank you for the wonderful feedback and for helping make our tiny event a huge success.

All the best

Dave xx

Dean Talbot

Completed in 2017

5

The best race I have ever taken part in bar none

The Madness Of King George

From start to finish this was a brilliantly executed event.  The support crew at each end of the half mile turns and also at the quarter mile kept us going and smiling throughout.  There was also free sports massage and taping available throughout which I used on two occasions and kept me moving.  Its only now, a couple of days after the event, that its sinking in what I managed to achieve and it was to a large extent down to the whole crew and also the other runners.  Coming round the final bend and seeing everyone there cheering me on as I crossed the line was quite emotional - I almost lost it if I am honest!  The RD was great too, early in the race when my cap was being dunked into an ice bucket to cool me off for another lap he overheard that I didn't have a buff and so ran off and got me a new one to put round my neck - I owe you for that one David.  I think that says it all

Posted on 29.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hey Dean
Thank you so much for coming down to this event. It was ace to meet you. Always smiling, always happy and full of support for everyone else around you. I was full of emotion seeing everyone cross that finish myself. You all seemed to bond and make lifelong friends and shared something unique and special in those 12 hours. This event will stay with me for a very long time.
I hope to see you very soon good sir. Congratulations on a tremendous run.

All the best buddy

Dave xx

Mickee Jelf

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

If I could give this event 10 stars I would

This was the first time this event was held, you might have expected some teething troubles, this being the case, but you would have been wrong. I can't really think of a single thing that could be changed to make this better. The weather was scorching, so a bucket of Iced water was on hand during every lap so you could dunk your headwear or buff into. You didn't even have to bend down to do this yourself because the marshals were there for you ready to help wherever and whenever they could. Nothing was too much trouble to the marshals or the organisers, going beyond the call of duty, they even helped me change my socks!! The aid stations were so well stocked with anything and everything you could think of. You can tell when an organiser is passionate about the events they put on, and boy did David and Sally surpass all expectations. I've done a fair few races/events now and have to say this has to go down as one of my favourites ever. Don't even get me started on the medal, hand made and completely original and now hanging in pride of place. If you get a chance to do this event in the future don't hesitate, you won't regret it.

Posted on 29.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

I genuinely have nothing but love for this review and for you personally. If Carlsberg made friends Mickee then we would all have a Mickee in our lives and that lady is the truth of it. We love you!

Dave XX

Helen Davies

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Five stars just aren't enough!

12 hours of running round the same one-mile lap, on tarmac, on a boiling hot day - sounds horrible, right? It's testament to how amazing Bys Vyken's events are that this is the most fun race I've ever done. The marshalls couldn't have looked after us any better - making sure we had food and drink, dunking Buffs in ice water so we didn't overheat and generally being at our beck and call for 12 hours, while being unfailingly smiley and fun. And that's not to mention the team of cheerleaders at the halfway point, cheering, heckling and Mexican-waving us twice every lap. All the runners supported each other brilliantly too. It was an unforgettable experience and I'm so glad I did it.

Posted on 29.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hey Helen. You were a true force of nature out there and a fantastic credit to the sport of running. Mindset,talent and pace were fabulous and the exact qualities an ultra runner should be made of.
thank you for being ace.See you at Fordh Sen Mighal on 9th December.

All the best

Dave Xx