I just wanted to say ‘thanks very much’ for a great weekend in the Isle of Wight. (I was the tall chap with the poles if you are wondering who I was.)
It is the first (and will not be the last) time I do one of your events – I’ve already entered the Ridgeway based on last weekend. I liked the ethos in that the really fast runners had a chance to rattle round the island at a fast pace, club/recreational runners could do it at their pace, people like me could get round a bit slower and you had some that were doing bits of the course and thus exploring their current limits. This is far different than having rigid touch cut-offs so some get stopped early. You had a set up where there was something for everyone which is quite unique in ultra-distance races I’ve come across to date.
I though the map/route card / signs on the island where fine (I did get lost a little on Day 1 a little but such is life – all miles are good miles!) – your extra signs were welcome at some points though!
The things I’ll really remember…
• The easy going nature of registration on the Friday and the nice touch of bringing round ear plugs and sweets.
• The fun of the event.
• The friendliness of the CP crews and the helpfulness of filling up bladders etc. – second to none and could not do more to help people on their way. I’ve been to many events and this is the first one where at every CP the CP crew are falling over themselves to get your bladder filled for you! This is a welcome touch.
• Also the CP crews when going between CPs where friendly (thinking the chap on the bike) and asking how people were doing.
• The friendliness on the Sat evening and the general camaraderie between everyone regardless of being fast or slow.
• A good weekend and a good chance to do a new route.
I ran my first ultra yesterday at children challenge and would love a certificate!
The event was brilliant! So well run and made my first time totally stress free ! Will be recommending XNRG events and looking at more myself !
Many thanks to a the volunteers too !
Thank you so much for an absolutely fantastic weekend at the Pilgrim Challenge. This was my first run longer than a marathon and I was nervous about the additional distance, as well as the second day. However, with such fine weather and a beautiful route, I enjoyed every single minute of it. It was extremely well organised and operated, and everyone there either supporting or running were very friendly. I confess to being slightly stiff in the legs this morning, but it’s a very enjoyable feeling having spent the weekend outside! Thank you also for lending me your spare sleeping bag. I really should have checked what I was given, rather than leave it until just before bed. Thank goodness you had one available as it would have made for a more challenging night. Once again, thank you and the team very much for a first rate event. I hope to do many more with you in the future.