Thanks again to you and your team for yesterday's Chiltern Challenge Ultra. It was brilliantly organised and without doubt the most enjoyable running event I have ever participated in (it was also my first ultra). I chose to leave my running watch at home and just run free - quite a liberating experience. As a road-runner I have clearly been missing out on something special all these years - I am now hooked on ultra and look forward to taking part in this event again next year!
May I firstly say what a fantastic weekend my wife Caroline, friend Sarah and I had. We all did far better than any of us thought possible. However due to the great company, organisation and hospitality we came away from the event more than happy, thank you.
I was concerned when I realised I was starting in the elite group as I really felt that there was no way my standard of running would warrant such a starting position, not having done a back to back event before I wondered whether I would actually complete it. However my only failing was probably not to have a bit more faith in my ability, as despite getting lost on day1 I managed to finish the day in 15th place overall. Day2 seemed to be a much better day for me by not getting lost and managing to start a bit steadier and maintain a more even pace.
I thank you for forwarding the results so quickly as I can only imagine how difficult it must be to compile them with it being a 2 day event.
Dear Brian and Neil,
Firstly, thank you organising another great challenge! I really enjoyed it, and would encourage you to put on more 1 day events. My only suggestion is to try to avoid putting this race on at the same time as the Race to the stones, as they start in the same area and there was lots of confusion at Rigsborough Station as to who was getting on to our mini bus pick up..we almost ended up with several of the Race to the Stones runners! Also, some of my friends had already booked for the other race before you announced this new I day Ultra, and would have liked to have run both (as would have I) so I suggest that next year you do try to put them on different days?
Otherwise, I would highly recommend this race to my friends.
Thanks Brian and Neil,
Karen Summerville xx