The Tempest

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  • Saint Levan, United Kingdom
  • 21. October, 2017
  • Rating:

    4.8/5

  • 16 Km

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The Tempest - 10mile headtorch trail run along stunning Cornish Coastpath

Set within the stunning location of The Minack Theatre, Cornwall, a 10mile headtorch run along the South West Cornish Coastpath. This race will take runners to Lands End, where they will be turned and sent back to The Theatre, for a dramatic and exciting finish. Expect more than simply running!

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sarah newing

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Coastpath, headtorch, mud....perfect!

The Tempest

A great race organised by Mudcrew. You always know you are gonna get something special with a Mudcrew event! They didn't disappoint! Stunning location and a challenging route...started just before sunset and finished in the dark. I'll definitely be back next year!!

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Amazing win Mrs! Well done and thanks for the review!

Naomi Connon

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Wow! Favourite race of the year!

Mudcrew always put on the BEST events & from stormy start to finish The Tempest lived up to its name! A fantastically organised event, the start from the stage at The Minack to the finish (those steps) & everything in between was amazing! The marshals were fantastic, food station had everything & the route, brutally beautiful ~ loved every second & will definitely do it again! 

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

So glad you like it Naomi!

Louise King

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

The Tempest - Up There as One of My favourite Events

Amazing and now surreal that I actually did this torch light coastal run in high winds which made the waves sound so dramatic beneath us. Everyone was so friendly from the registration, marshals and the wonderful ladies at the generous check point. The path was narrow near the cliff edge for a while but the marshals gave great instructions. The front runners coming back on us were friendly and supportive.  As part of a group near the back, thought the glow sticks were fun to follow back. We did get lost for a little while but as this is a new event just a little hiccup. 

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hope not too much of a detour! We will make sure there is no chance of that next year!

Nicki Carter

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

The Tempest

Wow! mud Crew you have made a truly awesome race, especially with the pre-ordered Storm Brian.  Loved the start and the twist at the end.  All the Minack steps!  

I hope this will be in the calendar again next year?  Can't wait to do it all again.

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

No way Brian was going to spoil that party!

Simon Lee

Completed in 2017

4.5

Storm Brian blew up a Tempest!

An excellent head torch race along the coast path from the Minack to Lands End. Very well marshalled with a good feed station. The marshals presence was very much appreciated and kudos to them for their dedication considering the conditions! 

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Pleased to hear you enjoyed it!

ANNA PASCOE

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Truly special

There is a very small number of companies that I would trust to look after both my safety and enjoyment running in the dark in the 70mph winds of Storm Brian and Mud Crew is definitely one of them.

I had been looking forward to this race for ages - what could be cooler than starting from a theatre carved out of stone in the clifftops, switching your headtorch on and then battling with the elements and an array of natural features for a 10 mile out and back course?!

Comprehensive race briefing, including advice to position yourself towards the front of the steps if you wanted to avoid queuing on the first narrow section. Tons of reassuring glowsticks and course markers throughout the route and increasingly frequent marshal points at the more exposed/challenging points of the course.

This was a truly magical experience which will keep me smiling for a long time. Thank you, Mud Crew.

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Keep smiling Anna! X

Kate Aspinall

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

The Tempest - with supporting cast (Brian)!

It was a brilliant event, enjoyed Prospero’s Monologue to send us on our way! The route was certainly challenging particularly with the conditions Brian created! Was a really supportive atmosphere from nearly all the runners, however it was slightly tarnished by a rather rude speedy male, he was 2nd when we saw him, but believe he finished a little further down the order, he was shouting at a group of us to get out of his way on a particularly narrow section with thick thorny bushes either side, another runner reported someone in a similar position pushed her friend over to get her out of the way, really not in the spirit of things. Well done MudCrew on another fantastic event! 

Posted on 23.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Glad you enjoyed it and we hope that one point didn’t spoil it for you. We will reiterate that in the race brief so it doesn’t happen again.

Anaëlle Lemasson

Completed in 2017

4.6

The Tempest - appropriate name!

This was a great event again from MudCrew, with a "tough" finish (big steps up, then steps down to the theatre, quite slippery!), but i wouldn't expect anything else from MudCrew.

For a first time putting on that event, I'm sure i won't be the only one agreeing it was a success. And that wind! Made for some dramatic atmosphere indeed, and some tough going, but really good fun. I had a blast. And i always enjoy their race memento, the beanie was just what i needed after the race!


I have however a few suggestions/comments:

Due to the shear number of runners, the start was a walking queue for about a km, which was a shame. I know they're not the easiest to set up, but maybe a wave system would work better?

Some of the glow sticks stopped glowingon the way back/not obvious enough. And some glowing arrows at the very end on that narrow serpentine path before the rocky steps would prevent potential accidents (we nearly missed the bend in the path as we ran,and thought if people were proper sprinting they could have ran directly off the cliff).

I did not put 5/5 for safety, not because i thought MudCrew wasn't being safe, but only because there is always a risk inherent to night running on a cliff path... 

See you next time MudCrew, Anaëlle

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for the feedback. It will be taken on board for next year. X

Chris Hughes

Completed in 2017

4.9

WOW! - My best running experience so far and so well organised

The Tempest

The race lived up to it's name sake. It couldn't have been timed any better, with Storm Brian hitting the coast. The storm really made the race, adding an extra element to battle through, particularly on the higher cliffs. 

It was a tough run. I managed to trip over a good dozen or so times, almost fell down a boulder, got battered by the wind and was absolutely shattered by the extra surprise at the end.

Thank you Mudcrew.

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hope the trips didn’t sting too much. As for the steps? Well!!

Wiebke Lammers

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Unique event!

I saw a performance of the Tempest at the Minack a few years ago, one of my favourite Shakespeare plays performed in front of a stunning backdrop. Therefore MudCrew's announcement of putting on THEIR version of the Tempest at the Minack was obviously very exciting. What were they up to this time?!

Well, it turned out they went and created possibly the most amazing, brilliant and unique event of the year. Before the briefing runners gathered above the stage and were treated to a quick version of the Shakespeare play by a youth ensemble which seemed to enjoy the challenge of performing to a very different audience. I think some runners got a little restless during the show but we were sent on our way soon enough.

The route was an out and back from the Minack theatre to Land's End, along one of the most exposed and isolated parts of the South West Coastal Path. Night running is quite exciting in the most mundane circumstances but we were presented with anything but boring, so needless to say this was absolutely exhilarating!

The path had a few nice ascents and descents, some of it was single track running and hopping over rocks and boulders, some was crossing over exposed high grounds. My thigh disappeared into a dark mud puddle and at one point we ran dangerously close to a straight drop into the sea. Not to mention that we did all of this during a storm that literally blew people off their feet. However, at no point did I feel in danger and not being looked after. Marshalls were placed at strategic points giving people advice, encouragement and pointed out risks.  

It was challenging, crazy and enormous fun. Or as my friend said who ran with me "sometimes I get so bored running the same old loop around home, but then I do something like this and remember why I love running". Well said, sir!

I hope this race becomes a regular in the calendar!

Some things to remember for the next time:

I took one or two wrong turns where I overlooked glow sticks. On both occasions I went straight when I should have turned. Keep an eye out for markers, they are there but sometimes not easy to spot! On the whole I think you cannot get too lost on this course though.

Don't underestimate the event because is it "only" 10 miles.There was a fantastic aid station at Land's End, but I would advise to carry one bottle in case you crave something before the turn around point.

Wear something high viz, even though you have a glowing torch on your head you still get seen so much better which is quite crucial on the section when slower runners are still travelling out but faster runners are already on their way back.

And again: Thank you MudCrew! This was brilliant!

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Brilliant feedback, especially the tip about high viz.

Sally Crabb

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.1

Great coast path torch lit run - not for the faint hearted

Really exhilarating run - extreme wind and challenging terrain.

Did lose the main path at a couple of key points, so a few more glow sticks/markers would have helped!

Would definitely do it again which says it all.

 

 

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

All noted re the glow sticks!

Nadia Jay

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Dramatic from start to finish

The Tempest

What an introduction to night time coast running! The start at the Minack was perfect way to build up the atmosphere for what was to come. Theatricals and dramatic music set the tone and boy did the run produce it's own epic production! Storm Brian added to the drama of running close to the edge of what we could hear was sea below but too afraid to glance up should we lose pur footing! Marshalls were in the places deemed most tricky which was much appreciated.  Loved seeing all the line of lights weaving along the path towards Lands End. Quick stop at Lands End and back we headed to the Minack, felt more comfortable with the terrain but no denying it wasn't easy, especially in the strong winds. In typical mud crew style, just when you thought it was over, there was a sting in the tail.......

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

So pleased you enjoyed it Nads!

Jon James

Completed in 2017

4.3

Return route was difficult to navigate

The return route even though it was the reverse of the outward bound route was not easy to navigate 

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

We will make sure you find the way back next year with more markings. Thank you for the feedback.

Jason Lloyd-King

Completed in 2017

4.9

Storm Brian added that little extra.

The Tempest

Mudcrew have done it again. Great event, well organised. Marshalling and support from the Minack crew spot on.

Minack to Lands End is a tough section of coast path in daylight. Add night, head torches and running into the teeth of Brian made for an epic race. 

Great support from marshals on the course. Big pat on the back for them for standing out in some challenging conditions for several hours.

Welcome food stop at the halfway point with plenty of drinks, biscuits, sweets and fruit. Attentive marshals on hand making sure runners don't go without.

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Abi Channing

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Great premier!

The Tempest

Loved the run, scenic, challenging, stormy, breathtaking, leg taking and aching.  Just a couple of navigational issues on the way back, obvious on the way out but not so on the way back. More green glow sticks please  :D

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks Abi, we will certainly take the comments on board.

Lee Scott

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Another fantastic Mud Crew event.

The Tempest

Fantastic from start to finish. This event had everthing and exceeded expectations. 

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for travelling down to help us make it a success. See you in Feb!

Yelda Parsons

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

To be, or not to be: that is the question

The Tempest

Another well organised awesome event even the Storm Brian was booked. I could sit home stay cosy or go out embrace the wilderness and I am so glad I experienced it. ‘A night to remember’

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Pleased you enjoyed it!

David issitt

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Storm Brian Fails to Halt Runners!

Yet another epic in the making from Mudcrew; this was unique event with a quirky Shakesperian twist.  Despite the forecast, and then actual, weather this was a great event and one I thoroughly enjoyed.  As usual all runners were extremely well looked after by Mudcrew and both the marshalling and marking of the course were excellent.  From the middle order towards the back this felt more like a great outing than a race - all runners helping each other combat the conditions.  Definitely one to repeat.

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for the feedback. That title should be a news headline!

Alan Giles

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

The Tempest

Yet again an amazing race from MudCrew. Just can’t stop registering for these races and it’s not hard to see why. Unique, challenging, but ultimately satisfying races in our beautiful Duchy. Geddon. 

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Geddon Alan! Thank you!

Roger Brown

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Epic start point, epic race

The Tempest

This was a beautiful evening/night run. Not for the faint hearted as we ran on the back of Storm Brian. Very windy, but well placed marshals to give guidance when needed and the rest of the course was marked with glow sticks.

Feed station at Lands End was just what was needed with a variety of sweets, biscuits and drinks not normally found on a face

I'll be back next year

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Glad you enjoyed it Roger.

Dawn Hadfield

Completed in 2017

4.7

It’s about the places you run

The Tempest

OMG. This was going to be my first head torch race and to say I was bricking it would be an understatement, after all Mudcrew don’t do easy!!  The Minack Theatre is an amazing place and we arrived with enough daylight to appreciate this stunning location.  

Our prelude to the race briefing was a production of the play itself by young actors, but I’m afraid the amazing stormy seas took precedence. 

Extreme weather, extreme going and darkness all played their part in this amazing event, and in true Mudcrew style there was a cruel sting in the tail. 

But as they say it’s all about the places you run and the people you run with. 

Hats off to Mudcrew for another epic event

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Dawn, I knew you could do it! X

Emma Stephens

Completed in 2017

4.8

Totally bonkers but brilliant!

One of those races where I questioned my sanity... MudCrew organisation and atmosphere second to none as usual. The only thing I would change would be a few more glow sticks at key junctions as I lost a bit of time there. Absolutely loved it and will definitely be back next year!

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Em. Will take the glow sticks comment on board. X

Paul Johnson

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

A great first outing!

You're always in safe hands with Mudcrew and that was needed with this race along the Cornish coast path. Storm Brian meant it was pretty blowy but it has to be remembered for the sight of head torches bobbing along into the distance.

Great support from the other runners along the way and the marshals gave lots of support too! All aspects of the organisation were excellent.

The start was slow because of the volume of people on single file stretches and it took a mile before we could overtake. Perhaps a loop of the car park to spread everyone out more?

With regards to the route, it just needed more markers. Although they were out there, there were a number of places where they needed to be. I came across three groups of people in different places who had taken different forks and turnings where it wasn't clear. A good example was dropping down into Porthgwarra on the return. The number of turnings without signage made it really hard (even the coast path markers were absent). More glow sticks but how about reflective signage/arrows where paths are splitting/merging?

Thanks for a really enjoyable evening!

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Paul, we will take it on board regarding the course markings.

Sarah Clemence

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

The Tempest

The Tempest

It was as if the weather conditions were pre-ordered for this race and it certainly lived up the name The Tempest. Absolutely stunning scenery, rough, rugged coastline, howling winds and rain followed by warmish temperatures and of course the pitch darkness, which makes running these paths all the more challenging and dangerous. Superbly supported by dedicated marshals who stood out in those conditions for hours being blasted by the winds. The finish was typical Mudcrew, 'We don't do easy' (lots of steep steps) A definite must for anyone up for a challenge. AWESOME RACE

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

You know we have a direct line to the weather gods!

Zoë Buse

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

A MUST DO!!

The Tempest

The Tempest, 

I clicked 5/5 for natural beauty, but it was a run on the coast path in the dark with storm Brian battling with us!! 

The start at the Minack Theatre was very dramatic, fab mini performance with a backdrop of stormy seas and huge waves (as requested by Mudcrew...) and we were off. Up the steps, there are always steps with Mudcrew and out onto the coast path. 

Totally awesome run, friendly runners, all looking out for each other, pitch black, moody sea/waves/wind. 

Amazing marshalls, always encouraging and happy, goodies to trough at the half way point. 

It was a bonus that the wind was behind us on the way back. 

I will most certainly be running the Tempest again next year, just AWESOME!! 

Cheers Mudcrew. See you at the Scrooge 

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for the comments. Loved the face paints! X

Toby Lowe

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

The Tempest lived up to its name in more ways than one.

As night races, running  the section of coast path between The Minack (Porthcurno) and Lands End provides its own unique challenges. The one that Mud Crew had perhaps not pre planned was that the event would coincide with the landfall of Storm Brian. It made an already challenging event even more exhilarating. A short performance of part of The Tempest at The Minack set the scene for the dramatic start. What unfurled next was  as epic as the setting. Running through the night through swirling winds and the (occasional) drops of rain. Down below the sea roared. I loved every minute of it. The high point? Looking back behind me and seeing a chain of head torches bobbing along the coast path in the dark. Just beautiful. Thanks Mud Crew, a superb event which was brilliantly organised. 10 out of 10

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you To y. Glad you enjoyed it!

Neil Greenhill

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Another fantastic mud crew event!

i absolutely love this race, it was so much fun, really wild but always felt safe even though it took place during storm Brian! I really hope this is run again next year. It was pretty much perfect, the only thing I would change is a few more marker glowsticks at a few of the junctions. Thankyou again mudcrew!

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for the comments. See you next year!

Pete Waumsley

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

AMAZING

Very unique coastal path headstrong race...starting at the Minack Theatre with a play...so different but brilliant...hard as nails to run but very enjoyable

Posted on 22.10.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you Pete, glad you enjoyed it!