What you said after the 2009 Ythan Challenge...

‘Fantastic event – well organised, great course, an absolute ton of fun! Big thanks to all involved in organising and I'll definitely be back for another dose next year. In fact, I think you should do it twice a year – do a winter one too. Go on, you know you want to...’

‘Don't make the mud so sticky next year – I may then have a chance of keeping my running shoes on my feet!’

‘Great race, one hell of a challenge! Will enter again next year without a doubt.’

‘With it being really warm, water should have been available at the start of the estate. I usually run with my own water, but know through experience you need both hands for the bloomin’ hills!’

‘Could possibly do with water station on the way into the estate on hot humid day like this year’s race day, otherwise excellent.’

‘Couldn’t fault the organisation of this wonderfully unique race. No wonder it’s full up months in advance. Wish there were more races like this one. Slept in the car at the river car park along the route the previous night to gain the full experience. Would love to return next year for your tenth anniversary.’

‘Just like to thank you all very much for the organising such an enjoyable and wonderful race. It was a great experience and is now my favourite race in the calendar. Looking forward to returning for your tenth anniversary next year. A few more obstacles would make it even more interesting though!’

‘If you made it more challenging next year I might actually be sick next time!’

‘Excellent event as in previous years. Like the variation in obstacles – good to have obstacles at the finish for spectators to witness. A little disappointed there aren't more photo locations. A cup of water seems inadequate – bottles better? But I'll still be back next year.’

‘Fantastic fun, best year yet!’

‘Really enjoyed the race and will be back next year. Well organised, marshals did a great job, many thanks to all the helpers. Putting up distance markers was very helpful and the obstacles at the end were just the icing on the cake. It would be a good idea if the ground under the netting could be cleared of stones.’

‘Another very enjoyable event – one of the friendliest and most fun around. I liked the additional obstacles near the finish.’

‘Very good event...as usual, thanks.’

‘This was my first Ythan Challenge but it certainly won't be my last. Everything about the race was first class and would put many bigger events to shame. The tech t-shirt is fantastic and because it is a tech t-shirt I can wear it for training with pride. The medal is excellent as well, just adds another plus point. Overall one of the best races I've run in although I wasn't saying that as the hay bales on the finishing loop appeared!’

‘Big thank you to all the organisers, marshals and helpers on the day. I ran with my hubby again and we had a brilliant time. The obstacles were great, even if those sneaky bales at the end did kill me! Will definitely be back next year. Thank you!’

‘A few quid could have been made for the sports centre if the bar had been open ;o). Liked the personal print-out result slip – very good.’

‘Excellent day – thoroughly enjoyed it.’

‘My first Ythan Challenge and I’ll be back next year. Well organised, helpful marshals and a great day – tough, but excellent!’

‘The event was well organised and very well marshalled. No complaints.’

‘Obstacles were great fun although there were lots of challenges! The final hay bales and cargo net finished me off completely – it was all I could do to jog to the finish line (so much for the sprint finish!) Marshals were fantastic – great support all the way! Thank you.’

‘What could make this event better? How about holding another event around in say, November or March?’

‘Marshalls were excellent. Really well organised. Would have been too tough in the rain!’

‘Very well organised. Glad that organisers took notice of last year’s feedback and gave out better medal. Great to get printout of time straight away. Wouldn’t mind if course was made even more challenging for next year!’

‘It was my first Dominion Gas Ythan Challenge – really enjoyed it. Excellent, challenging, brilliant!’
‘Was looking forward to seeing my photo on SportCam, but unfortunately none were taken of me or my friend.’

‘Thought the second half of race could have been harder. Could have done with a hard challenge at 7-8k, like the hills or water challenge.’

‘Excellent fun – thanks. Could you organise a camping field the night before? Might be nice to get folks to get up and enjoy Ellon early? I've done that with 10-Under-the-Ben cycle races and it works well.’

‘It is a great event – I love it! There is a really supportive and friendly atmosphere throughout the race. I thought the obstacles at the end were a great twist!’

‘Excellent quality t-shirt, with an unusual design – much better than previous years. Why aren’t there more photos taken of the latest race and then used on your website. I will definitely be back next year.’

‘Excellent day, well run and organised. Top marks to all involved. Will be asking some more of my mates to do it next year. Keep up the good work.’

‘This was my first Ythan Challenge, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even although I had to run all the way back with one shoe, having lost it in the mud pit. Great course and great fun – can't wait until next year.’

‘The obstacles at the end were an unexpected surprise and a killer!’