Organisation: 10 out of 10 - Maps/route description/checkpoints all provided in a clear plastic wallet, and check point card provided in a name card neck carrier.
Route Descriptions: The route description and maps were rarely used due to the excellent signage provided at most turns. Had to use the route description and map for the last 6 miles due to signs being removed. The route descriptions were easy to follow.
Checkpoints: Very frequent - all had water and some had chocolate bars and massive portions of bread and butter pudding. If I were to nit pick, preferred the smaller sizes that Fairlands presented. Some crowd support present.
Volunteers: All very friendly.
The night before stayed up with Hilary, a woman in her 60s about to do her 2nd iron man this year. For a very brief moment, I wondered if I could swim with a tyre in tow......
Hilary took us to the start point so at least we couldn't get lost finding our start! At that point we met GymFreak, and then Anna. Fetchie faces at the start and in fact this would continue throughout the race until about mile 15. Dave A, Magpie Rob, Foxsake (sorry for calling you Mr A) and many others whose names I forget.
We met a lady called Jennifer who suffers from a range of disorders one of which is OCD. She talked to me non-stop for a couple of miles and on the next hill up, I told her to go on as I would be moving very slowly. Wishing her many smiles and to keep positive, she vanished over a hill.
I looked at it and saw it was safely zipped up, told her it was safely zipped up and got her to carry on with me until the next checkpoint. From there we went together through the enchanted woods with gnarly trees and listened to her chirping about the beauty of the woods. Jennifer left me after the race course, as I was slowing up but still shuffling along.
On the otherhand, Rec does not have the same animal charisma as Tam does. The sheep and cows didn't seem to notice Rec, and none of the dogs barked at Rec. Dogs loved barking at Ted and Tam.....guess it's a different generation ;-)
Thank you to all the runners and passerbys who donated that day as well as runners who left money for me at the station. All cash proceeds went to the Fire Fighters Charity :). Any monies donated via Justgiving will go to Earthwatch.
Much appreciation to Ludo (race director) who responded positively when I asked him if I could bring my tyre along and thus allowed me to enter his event.
Thank you also to Hilary who put us up before the event, as well as had a BBQ ready for us when we had finished. xxx