I wasnt meant to be entering this as I was tapering for another event but i did and i loved it!
A trail half marathon that wasnt a half marathon it was 16 miles (for which i was glad!).
It was hammering down with rain for ages before the start and I was drenched waiting for the race to begin. a Gazebo that wasnt quite big enough for all was the only way to keep dry. The race start/finish was at Bath Uni.
Within a few mins we were on a woody path and then into fields... up and down was the order of the day, this was a hilly run which was about 2200ft elevation by the end - not everest but certainly challenging.
Words will not do this race justice, it was truly beautiful scenery with one point being able to look over the whole city from above. From there there was some tricky technical trails down a hill path which had shark rocks poking out at every step... i loved it though and it was fascinating seeing the speedy ones navigate this so quickly.
What started off in the rain, finished off in the rain and with a team mate at the end to high five it was the perfect end to a lovely long slow run.
The marshalls on route were the best ive experienced, so encouraging and there were lots of them which was impressive considering it was so spread out over fields, track, canal and a tiny bit of road.
The feed stations.... OMG the absolute best!!! Most people burn calories on a run like this, i could quite have easily gained weight! The feed stations were stocked full to the rafters of all things delicious from malt loaf, jaffa cakes, fruit, energy bar, gels... you name it! So impressed!
One of my favourite ever races!
Posted on 12.01.18
Thank you so much for your great review Simon. If you like this race; I'm sure you would love Cheddar too! We look forward to seeing you soon :)
Posted on 17.01.18
I entered the Engima Planes marathon which was on 29th July 2017. After a DNF in Paris in April I was determined to complete a marathon and it just so happened this event was the first convenient one for me.
A stark contrast to Paris, there were 52 finishers on this one! This is a low key event put on by Enigma Running which sees you running 7 laps of Caldicotte lake 3.55 miles preceeded by an initial stretch of 1.67 miles.
The lake itself is pretty, open and scenic but you are sharing the path with the public who I have to say were very encouraging. I didnt feel at all that they were bothered by the small number of runners circling the lake.
No marshalls on this one as you would expect until the finish line which represented the start of each lap. No complaints, the laps were short but the encouragement was there when you entered the next lap.
Feed station was fully stocked with biscuits, sweets and drinks, fruit.
For anyone wanting a locally run event, low key either to notch up the numbers of marathons or to use it as a training run then i'd recommend it.
A nice medal at the finish too :)
Posted on 12.01.18