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Sorry to hear about your car and esp the rings. I have never worked out why people do that.
I did it in a very modest 6.27 and really struggled with some of the hills. Need to spend some more time on these. I prob could of done it quicker but did enjoy it. Good preparation for my first ultra in May which is what I hoped for.
Sorry we missed you mate we had no mobile signal!! Well done, it was a great event
NO probs TR40. My signal was very hit and miss. That last hill was a one!!!!!!
I am sure we will meet again somewhere.
Thankyou for the event...
I am an ultra runner and until last weekend i had never officialy ran a marathon distance race, i used it as a training run and found it to push me just enough to feel it the next day... The course was great especially since the first 11-12 miles did try to lure you into a false sense of security before slapping you in the face for the final 10!
Great race great day!
An absolutely fabulous event, being local I am extremely pleased that someone has seen fit to stage this kind of event on the Clwydian playground...The organisation was superb and I would not have guessed that this was the first time staged. My only suggestion for improvements would be signage on Moel Arthur where the path leaves Offas Dyke through the gorse and also off the peak to re join Offas Dyke path at the fence line. Some stamps were easy to miss so maybe an early warning sytem of Checkpoint 50 yds ahead or something similar maybe good. As for litter it was a slight problem- maybe bins within 100yds of checkpoints to dump waste in? or plastic cups to gulp and go!! Overall SUPERB!
Dan - it really didn't feel like a 1st time event, well done to you and your team!I walked it, I'm slowly working up to fell running, and it was a good day in the hills... A very good day in the hills!
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Excellent event and thanks to all those who organised it.
It was very disappointing to see the amount of litter and that is down to the runners not the organisers. Given that every runner was required to carry some kit then every runner would have had a backpac of some description and therefore will have had somewhere to put their litter. So no excuse.
Didn't see the need for cards being stamped as no-one checked them at the end. Personally I would do away with the stamping system as it serves no useful purpose unless they are religiously checked at the end.
Thanks again for a great event and looking forward to the next one.
Really agree about the litter. It's disgraceful. People shouldn't be allowed to carry bottles away from water stations. Most people who carried the required kit would have been topping up their own containers but there were a lot of people on the hill carrying very little in the way of safety kit and I'm sure it was the same people who dumped half empty bottles soon after the stations.
I enjoyed the event and would possibly do it again. The time of year is a difficult thing though as in other years we could have had proper winter conditions up there and the race would have been an epic.
I agree about the litter. I topped my bottles I carried with me and left the bottles at CPs. Great event, it has really given me the bug to keep off the roads.
Totally agree about the litter...no need
Had a great run...went off course early on though, was expecting a checkpoint at a 4way junction and it wasn't there, was in the mist so ended up doing an extra 3 miles!! BUT that was my fault, live and learn...It also happened to be the only bit I didnt recce...dohhh.
Overall it was a great day out and a lovely place to run, great people, great marshalls,
Please please please let us know asap about a 2013 race..I am so looking forward to having another crack at this..
We arrived at about 8:40am and were directed by a marshall into the event car park itself! So, no walk to the start! Can't understand why some had to park up the top car park and on the roadside.....was it because these had filled up and thats why we were directed into the event car park? It obviously wasnt just for visitors when we arrived then.........didnt have to pay either.
The 2013 event has appeared on the Claire House web site. Scheduled for Sunday March 31st - which is Easter Sunday and the day after the clocks go forward, so those early starts will feel even earlier.
I'm really looking forward to running it again. This event was my first marathon and I enjoyed the longer distance so much that I've gone on to do another two off-road marathons since and have another booked in for January.
Great news, i'll go and have a lookie now. Its only down the road and my training ground, so i must do it!
No more information available yet but the date has been changed on the claire House site. New date is 23rd March - which should be a bit more popular.
Waiting for entry information..........
Entry is £30 next year.
hi gibbo here.
i ran the 2012 race
.My god it was hard.
are the entries open yet for the 2013 race.
Last minute entry, the route looks great with plenty of climbs to keep us on our toes
Lst minute entry for me too Tracy Dean, looks like being a bit of a weather challenge on Saturday!
MARATHON POSTPONEDDue to weather warnings of heavy snow, minus temps and high winds. Details on facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/ExcaliburMarathon
no links work,,is the 2014 race on?
Hi Wona, the 2014 race is on - its on Saturday 10 May and you can register at www.conquerexcalibur.org.uk
Any route info anywhere - it references the 2013 route but i cant find it online.
Its nice and local to me but by god thats hilly!