Completely inspired by the girls that smashed up the @DragonsBackRace. They have dominated one of the hardest mountain races in the world.— Carla Molinaro (@CarlaPRMolinaro) June 26, 2015
Another @DragonsBackRace finished. Thanks to all the volunteers! You are probably as tired as me and still have more to do.— John Dove (@jcddove) June 26, 2015
Yesterday I witnessed human resilience, initiative, determination , comradeship & pure single mindedness @DragonsBackRace . I felt lucky— Daniel OConnor (@DanWasteMan) June 27, 2015
Just signed up for two mountain marathons and a trail race. Thanks @DragonsBackRace for the inspiration!— Heather Rumble (@RumbleBee2) June 29, 2015
Really interesting gender balance in this years @DragonsBackRace. Three women in top six (overall) and Jasmin Paris in 2nd. Awesome.— Kate Carter (@katehelencarter) July 3, 2015
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It’s by far the toughest race I have ever entered, and I'm determined to get back next time around.
I just wanted to thank you and your team for an amazing experience.
We experienced the amazing savage beauty of Snowdonia and the Rhinogs in the company of some inspirational people.
Please can I express my heartfelt thanks to you, your team of marshals and the catering team who were uniformly helpful and caring when needed most. The event was run with systematic precision and reassuring professionalism.
The Dragon lives on to be slain another year.
Mike & Ross B
It’s almost exactly a week since I finished the race and I am back in Hobart. It’s 5am, I am totally jet lagged and my body is not quite sure of itself. Every time I take a step it’s like I am walking on thick foam. My feet seem so battered. Perhaps flying back so soon after the race wasn’t the ideal recovery option, not that I had many other options. For the flight back I did wear medical compression stockings. My skins weren’t going to cut it as my feet were so swollen. It took 4 days for the dependent oedema to resolve. During the race and until I got home I wasn’t really able to sleep. It was only after lying down in my own bed that I was able sleep for more than a few hours at a time.
I haven’t run yet; I don’t think I can face it right now and it will seem a little mundane after what I’ve been through. Maybe next week.
Reading through your race reports and other competitors blog the race seems to have had a profound effect on everyone. It certainly has on me. I am not sure what the impact in the long term will be, but at the moment I can’t leave it alone. I keep looking at the maps; keep trying to remember parts of the course. Each day is a fragment and I have all the race sections muddled up. I suspect I’ll manage to put them together eventually. People ask me about it and I tell them and they look interested, but they don’t really understand what I’ve just done, in someways I don’t really. I’ll email Lloyd later today and see how he is feeling a week on. Next week my grip on the event will have slackened and I’ll be back to my normal day to day life and wondering what to do next.
Looking back at the week of racing, I realise I’ve never been so focused so intensely on one goal. Knowing the drop out rate was 50-60% I was determined not to be one of those people. I had come a long way not to get a dragon. In 5 days days I barely thought of my family, let alone day dream, think of other projects or work. These are the things I always think about when I was running. I never thought about things I’d rather be doing, which often happens when I am running long distances. It was a strange experience for me to only think of of food, haemostasis, and moving in the right direction. Even at camp my efforts seem to be focused at get my bed set up, getting new clothes on, eating, packing and getting to bed. It was an amazingly uncluttered event.
In the 6-9 months lead up to the event I have to admit there were plenty of times when I wasn’t sure I’d get to the start line. It seemed so big and I didn’t feel I’d raced enough. I was late booking my flight and I refused to watch the Dragons Back video for fear of psyching my self out. Yet for some unknown reason I kept training in isolation, building up my milage so I would be in some way ready for the start.
Thank you the entry. It has been one of my greatest running achievements. It is up there with doing the Bob Graham, I only hope it doesn’t take me as long to recover. Your race organisation skills are second to none, as are Heather’s catering skills. The support teams you have running around are amazing, everyone was so helpful and friendly. It was great coming into camp at night and having someone hand you an ice cream and then carry your bags to your tent. If only events here were so well organised. Of course knowing you, none of this surprises me.
I just wanted to write a word of thanks. I have run in many an ultra over the last 12 years and the Dragon's Back is one of the most well organised I have experienced.
It started well with the black and white rules laid down by Shane in the brief; simple, clear and no wiggle-room. Of particular note was the morale boost from Stu and his team at the supply points, Heather's lovely food and Charlie and the medical team's help when I was in a world of hurt after crossing the finish in day two.
You are all a credit to the world of ultra running and many others could learn a thing or two from the DB Team.
Overall though, an amazing race, well set out, good communication in the run up, great use of trackers and social media, great briefing and fantastic start to finish and everything in between. A truly memorable experience and I thank you very much.
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for last week - it was a truly awesome, unforgettable experience. Words fail me really and its something of a struggle to get back to normal life afterwards - the sign of having had a really good time.
I remember the mostly good weather, some good (and bad) navigational decisions, my morning of Day 4 where I was out in front by myself - a fantastic feeling to be breaking the trail on the DBR!, the guys who took our bags to our tents for us each day, all the great food on offer and the amazing group of runners involved in the race. Also, the live tracking was great - everyone back home has said how interesting it was following the race.
All in all, the organisation of the event and effort put in by the support team was most impressive, all of which gave us competitors the best possible chance of completing the course.
THANK YOU! And see you again sometime...
I can fully appreciate the amount of work, energy and effort that went into the organisation and execution of the event. From a competitors point of view it was brilliant, everything I needed was available, food, accommodation, support or just a hug.
Once again, it seems Ourea assembled an incredible team to deliver an amazing event which I guess is a reflection of the professionalism, experience and skills of you guys.
Thanks for a brilliant event, unbelievably well organised and a real pleasure to have taken part. I will write to you all to say thanks properly shortly when I have gathered my thoughts, but well done.....it was very special..your team were truly remarkable.
An amazing group of people engaged in a shared challenge, wonderful volunteer marshals and superb organisation.
In every aspect of the event it's clear that a huge amount of thought has gone into getting it right.
I would have every confidence in entering an event that you and your team were running for the first time knowing that you would have planned it meticulously and would be able to respond well to the inevitable unforeseen issues.
To have actually been there and touched, listened too and tasted the event is something I will remember for years to come. I found it quite a humbling experience to have been part of what has been an emotional journey for many the competitors.
Thanks to you any your team for facilitating an unforgettable running experience that was The Dragons Back.
Thank you and all the team for the most fantastic week of mountain running. I can genuinely say that I enjoyed every minute of the actual running as it was such a stunningly beautiful course.
The camaraderie and support from other runners was in a different league to any other ultra event I have done. Without fail everyone I met en route was supportive and even the lead runners had time for a few words of encouragement as they flew past. Spending a week surrounded by so many brilliant runners was quite an honour and I feel really lucky to have been part of such a great adventure.
I cannot thank all the marshals enough for all their help. How they remained so helpful cheery and enthusiastic on 2 hours sleep a night I don’t know. Being given hot food at the end of each day was excellent and Heather and her team did an amazing job.
What a fantastic Job!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much for inspiring us to have a go and I hopefully will be back 2017 to put the dragon to bed. It truly was a life changing experience and I learned so much about myself and others. When I finally ground to a halt half way through day 4 having run nearly a day and a half on a sprained ancle I wasn't really disappointed as I now know that with the right preps, positive attitude and support from above and those around (competitors and the amazing support team who enabled me to give it a shot day 4) it is possible for any determined person to have a go.
Thanks for an amazing event. I can only begin to imagine how much work and responsibility goes into running the race and all I can say is it's very much appreciated. I think the support work harder than the runners!
Thank you again for a superb race and adventure that truly is a memory for life! I'm happy to say that I'm recovering well without any injurys, not even any blisters, but with a bit of muscle fatigue of course :-)
First and foremost, huge thanks to everybody involved in organizing and supporting this event in every way - it really was a fantastic demonstration of logistics and compassion (and a little sadism, too)! I couldn't let the event go by without sharing that; yes, the competitors pay for it but I know it's little recompense for the months of preparation you put in and pretty much all are volunteers. You're all legends in my eyes, more so than us competitors.
Thanks again for a really fantastic week in the mountains. A real challenge but a fantastic feeling when you sort of half way trough day 4 realize that…yes...you are going to make it!!
Thanks for a great week of running. Can't fault the effort from all the support team and organisers. Already looking forwards to 2017.
I thought the whole thing was utterly brilliant. No complaints or even suggestions for improvements (expect maybe warning about midges, though maybe you did). Thanks so much for having me along.