Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Dragon's Back Race


Five days, 300km, 17,000 metres of ascent following the mountain spine of Wales from north to south - perhaps the toughest fell race ever in the UK.

The video of the 2012 event, being the first repeat of the race since 1992, should be watched by all sports commentators. There are no silly “how did it feel” interviews. Competitors speak for themselves on the soundtrack as you see them running, and also at the end of each day’s racing.

The fell running fraternity are articulate and you get more insight into the whys and wherefores than I have ever gleaned on any other sporting production.

The sparse commentary avoids patronising information or ill informed hype. The film has been made by people who are wholly involved in the sport. Where necessary useful information is displayed separately in text format with enough time to read it properly, and that is carefully selected. Some music is used, but it is sympathetic and never intrusive.

Above all the scenery is superbly filmed and the performance of the competitors is inspirational.

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The video is expensive at £21.45 including postage, but it is worth every penny, especially as I feel it is one I could watch several times over. Here is the link to the website if you want to purchase.




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