David Andrewartha

United Kingdom
Member since May 2016

My Upcoming Races

2017
Taunton Marathon
2017
Trevornick 10
2017
Britain's Ocean City Half Marathon
2017
Cubert 5

My Completed Races

2017
Severn Bridge 5 Night Race
2017
Fowey Hash
2017
MBH Remembrance Run
2017
Dartmoor Vale Races
2017
Burton Bradstock Marathon

My Latest Reviews

Completed in 2017

4.6

Pure quad burn.

The toughest Remebrance run out of the 3 that I have done. Tough shingle beach and lots of sea running. A challenge every runner should do at least once. 

Fantastic turnout for this one has it was a sellout. 

Unfortunately race briefings were emailed to people who didn't seem to get the email and with a race limit of 500(sold out) and only 400 medals meant I received a previous years ' medal. 

That wasn't enough to dampen a greatly organised event on the hardest beach I've ever run on in Cornwall

Posted on 12.11.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

7 hour round trip for 5 miles

Music, mass warm up, face paint, one of Britain's best known bridges and running across the gateway to Wales. Very cool. And I PBd!

Amazing support, fantastic value for money and a race outside of my home county that I didn't get sent the wrong way. That is a bonus lately lol.

Rogue runs are definitely quality runs. I will be back and would recommend this company to anyone 

Posted on 12.11.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

2.6

A series of unfortunate events

Starting with the age old chestnut of 'this really is my name' at registration(nobody understands my surname is all one word even when I tell them!), to there being bare signage in the last few miles this really wasn't a great day for me.

You work hard to perform at a race just to be sent the wrong way by a marshal at a split off and also not sure I'm going the right way because THERE ARE NO SIGNS THROUGH THE GRASS PATH SECTION ONTO THE ROAD, so having to double back just to find out I was going the right way anyway. Of all races to expect to do self nav near Dartmoor I didn't expect it to be this one. I got a feeling half the marshals didn't show up as in places you were left to cross dangerous road sections without them and some places where you had to ask locals whether they've seen anyone. Ended up doing more mileage than a half and ultimately poor event support left me once again wondering why the hell I bother running races. 2 out of 3 events now this has happened. Starting to wonder whether I have, "please send me the wrong way because I enjoy this" tattooed on my face!

A real shame as this has the potential to be a great race. However when a race is organised with staff who don't run themselves I actually sometimes find this an issue. Also declaring it was held under EA rules and having half the field using headphones is mental. Why are headphones still not being banned at events?Especially on events with busy roads. 

I'm probably the only disappointed one but it's discouraging not knowing where you are going because of poor signage and bad marshaling.

Posted on 29.10.17

Completed in 2017

5

Urbexing in Clay Countey

Pretty amazing to be able to run a 1073 metre tunnel twice. 

Fantastic event that needs to grow bigger. Great support and extremely unique location. From a race director that themes races on the history of each route this race appealed to me because of the heritage of China Clay and the history that this 6.4k race was draped in.  Totally amazing and I'd do it every year. Be great to see the route extended too.

Posted on 22.10.17

Completed in 2017

5

Urbexing in Clay Countey

Pretty amazing to be able to run a 1073 metre tunnel twice. 

Fantastic event that needs to grow bigger. Great support and extremely unique location. From a race director that themes races on the history of each route this race appealed to me because of the heritage of China Clay and the history that this 6.4k race was draped in.  Totally amazing and I'd do it every year. Be great to see the route extended too.

Posted on 22.10.17

Completed in 2017

4.4

Gone for a Burton

This could be a great event. Unfortunately I was sent the wrong way 10 miles into leading the marathon. I trained for this event and made sure I did enough to at least PB the distance. Unfortunately I went from 1st to 8th after being sent the wrong way.

Disappointed and couldn't get my head back in it. Demoralising to say the least. 

Real shame as everything else was great and the RD is a great dude who was unfortunately let down by his own event staff. It happens unfortunately and it is what it is. Get place to run,great course and I met some nice people. Worth the trip from West Cornwall but would have to honestly consider whether to do an event with these guys again based on already having a nugget placed in my head that I'll end up being sent the wrong way again. A guy who I ran with also mentioned that it happened last year too right before it actually happened to ME lol

Posted on 18.10.17

Completed in 2017

5

First Ever DNF

Classic Quarter

Got to 30 miles and stopped after a turned ankle.

However...

Endurancelife have this reputation among friends in the running community.

Fantastic to see they clearly took on board all criticism thrown their way. 

Loved all I was capable of doing. 

Gutted but the organisation was bang on and couldn't fault it except for maybe have the teams register in a different tent but that's the only thing.

Posted on 10.06.17

Completed in 2017

3.8

Fast,furious and painful with claustrophobia!

Cubert 5

The medal and tshirt were fantastic. They supply the best grand prix medals. My expectations of a tarmac event are the facts that there is no uniqueness and beauty to this event.2 loops of 2.5 miles.  Because it's fast means the 750 limit is maxed out leaving the registration process in a tiny hall feeling claustrophobic with reg ladies shouting at anyone who dare ask them for a number. Grand prix races are the only races where there are elderly angry people.

Posted on 08.06.17

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

North to South Dartmoor fun

Amazing. Shame i can't run it again this year. Puretrail UK are the only organisers whose events you should ever attend on Dartmoor. Thank you puretrail for the experience last August

Posted on 07.06.17

Completed in 2016

5

THE BEST RACE I HAVE EVER RACED!

The Test Way in Wiltshire. 34 miles of trails and road that is extremely fast if you are. The first time event in 2016 and the best first I havee been a part of.

Easy reg process and the safety briefing with Powerpoint. Who does that ? It made it uniquely brilliant and showed the level of care and attention that was going to be in the duration of this event.

My highest 50k finish(7th) and my PB 50k also smashing 1 hour and 22 minutes off the previous weekend's 50k .

The marshals were superb with malt loaf and watermelon as we went up and around the gibet ready to trundle back. The value for money made it around a pound a mile in 2016 and i would have paid twice that. Endless food and support and fantastic phtography by the very talented Stuart march of which i bought downloads. I never do that. Great RD and i would happily run an ULTRA Event again without even reading what it is. If it's ULTRA then you'll be looked after aaand treated to the very best day out. I met some talented people with skill,heart,passion and gutsy determination and they all cared for each outh. Exactly what this kind of racing should be. Quality! If you do one thing in 2017 make sure it's running The Hangman! 

Posted on 15.05.17

Completed in 2017

4.8

Dune hell

Trevornick 10

10 miles of pure hell at Holywell Bay and Pentire Point at Newquay.

Beautiful course with 400m of climbing squeezed into 10 miles. The marshals provided the slicckest operation of all Grand prix club organisers. Overgrown in places but that was unfortunately down to the National trust. Great location and great result. made 10 miles feel like 20. Best marshals and best course of the GP and alwways one of my favourites. would recommend this to all and everyone. Tough and aesome day at the office!

Posted on 08.05.17

ocean city running

Just amazing.  So much better than last year with better organisers. All perfect and my favourite half marathon ever. Next year perhaps a 2nd entrance through the timing pen gates at the start. That's a lot of queuing and pushing. However just fabulous. Will be back next year and for the 10k!

Posted on 25.04.17

Completed in 2017

4.6

BEST VALUE MARATHON EVER

Great route. Having the road closed on the 2nd loop would've made me not think I was actually going to die crossing a major roundabout but appreciate it was out of your control.

Best marathon I've ever run.Brilliantly supported and the medal,tee and massage were amazing. I will be back!!

Posted on 03.04.17

Completed in 2016

5

A grand day out

Mudcrew...

Quite literally the best events anywhere.Supported,friendly,unique,top quality crew,run by runners who are incredibly talented and experienced.

First time entering and glad I did.Mud,smiles,water and a challenging day out filled with friendly faces,laughter and amazing value for money.Honestly the best day you'll have anywhere.Well...unless you enter another Mudcrew race.Then it would be hard to compile a list.

 

Posted on 18.12.16

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Black Rat 2016

There's a world of running and then there's a world of Ultra running! There are no events I have ever done that have come as close as 20 percent of this event. The phenomenonal support means you are never on your own here.From the crew at registration to the medical team and all inbetween.The pain and hardship are rewarded by hugs,smiles,wonderful faces and people that know what you've just gone through.There are 2 types of races.

One where the organiser wants to make as much cash as possible and one where the the crew are runners themselves who do it for the love,passion and energy of our engagingly beautiful sport.

I really don't need to say which one Mudcrew is!

Best event I've took part in and it's because of the crew! 

Thank you guys for your hard work and endless days of doing all the great stuff that gives us 10 times the event for our money! 

Quality!

Posted on 17.08.16