In short: In the conditions this was definately a trail race In full: I completed this race a couple of years ago and discovered that the 2014 route different and was lumpier than the previous one.The grass was wet and slippy and the tracks were pitted and flooded in places.The centre of the tracks were muddy resulting in two 'crocodiles'of participants running( and walking) along the wheel ruts.This certainly impeded progress at times.The hill was a killer and when I arrived there along with the slower runners , most were walking as the surface was packed slippy mud.No blame must be attached to the organisers as their literature clearly stated that trail shoes were recommended-I am glad that I heeded there advice. Overall this was a good well supported and organised event , the only fly in the ointment being the wait to allow latecomers to park and reach the start.Why do these people always spoil it for the early birds?
In short: A real dip on what was one of my favourite races In full: I agree that whilst dull the route change was fine. It was really the finish that put a downer on what had been an okay run. The only moan I have about the route was the water station, too small and way too few cups. The finish was awful. A long wait to move around the pitch to the exit, I was lucky enough to get some water! If it had been a hot day 22 minutes shuffling round would have been dreadful. Walking through and getting the tee shirt was fine but a little after we had been through they opened another door and the one way system went to pot. Whilst I do ot run for a goody bag I could have down with a bannana or something at the end, esp. at the price we paid! Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Great race very relaxed In full: Nice race starting and finishing at Man U. Football ground , the support from local people was excellent the course design helped this being out and back loops I would recommend this to any runner . Stayed at holiday inn in the media center which was very welcoming , with an early breakfast provided for runners just 1 mile from start Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: TOUGH BUT BRILLIANT In full: Fourth time round this one for me and the delights of Savernake forest don't fade. First sighting of bluebells though, they've sensibly stayed hidden from the tramply feet of runners in previous years! Gloriously muddy, so quite tough in parts. But that only adds to the fun. This was my daughter's first ever event and she managed fine, so treat yourself and give it a go next year. The marshals are great and very helpful (offered to look after my jacket till I got back!) and the organisation can't be faulted. I have two'must do' events of the year. This is one of them. ?? Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Good run in the forest In full: Set up as a 5k loop, allowing 5k, 10, and 21k to use the same laps (21k do an extra 1k loop at start). Great marshalls and real mix of abilities; lots of encouragement given to those being lapped, which is great to see. Only minor quibble is that the kilo markers were set up for the 5k lap, so those on the 21k could easily lose where they were in the race. Good fundraiser for the two charities and would suppor this again Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: The Power of Advertising Over Utter Rubbish In full: With a race at a football stadium you would expect there to be an abundance of facilities ie toilets. If you stood in one place long enough, you would be asked to move out of the way of the queue for toilets. Mens and womens! You are asked to turn up in plenty of time. Fair enough, but (every year) you are not allowed into the stadium to get out of the rain or cold weather etc, or use the non existent facilities! Just hang around outside and wait and wait and wait! There may be 'toilet humour' in this message, that's if there were any! Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: It was what the can said "The flattest Marathon in UK" In full: I cannot complain except since i got good for age London time. Crowd support was fantastic, especially with name calling. Made me feel i knew every body out there. They kept me going.
Course was flat, liked the dog loops.
Water - did not like the pouches, you either got nothing, a dribble or? Could not open top. I did not see isotonic or gels as advertised and only saw blocs at last stop (i was given my own gel by husband on route). 7-9m water station we came to a halt - too narrow.
Car park a fiasco, the marshall did not let us through for stadium pre booked place, had to go miles out of way following directions.
Having said all of that, i would be back since it was a "special race" Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: good race need water at end and recovery drink t shirt needs to be bigger xl not xl In full: this was 2nd time I have run the marathon. the support was exceptional shouts of name great. course good but different from last year not rarely sure improved from last year. not enough toilets at start.
disappointed by fact that no water at first water station and very loppy at start. toilets at mile 16 blocked and unsuable. At the end a bit unorganised. I was not given any water and non of the surrounding food providers had any water. the marathon overall is a great marathon but finishing t shirt is not an xl this needs addressing Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Lovely morning out for all the family In full: Nice run around some lovely countryside. The 5 mile was very well organised and the route was well chosen. Slightly hillier than you would expect for the area and the gates and mud make a PB hard work. Very jolly atmosphere and access to Wokefield House was nice on a chilly morning. My two children (10 and 7) loved the 1 miler and there was a great turnout for the event. These organisers do put on a good race, and the medal was good as well (designed in the shape of Wokefield House). If it's on next year, we will all be back! Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Used to be such a good race but In full: I've ran many Derby 10k's over the years and I can confidently say this will be my last. Because I'm giving up jogging-NO, far from it! because I'm giving up doing a run where the organisers are easy to take my money and think they can turn up and not deliver a service.
The positives-the route was good, there were plenty of toilets, thewheelchair event was good and I got to have a great wander around dcfc's pitch so I suppose I got some value for money there!
The negatives-I'll try and do this I order of the race. Well, parking was unorganised and we managed to park fine due to figuring out where to go and everyone using common sense. As another person has put here, the atmosphere was a bit dull compared to previous years-it was helped by the happy crowd and the stadium finish but the stage was quieter, they ran out of pins so we were told to either tape It on or run without a race number as long as we have Our timing chip on shoe-of which contradicts the race details sheet saying how important it is to complete the back, the start was down to you to second guess where you should be placed despite an investment in some nice running numbers, the route was good as said above but the drinks station had three tables and no water so if you were desperate for a drink then tough, The finish was chaotic and I somehow managed to avoid a black eye without flying into the back of another runner due to the backlog-even though they had double the distance after the finish than last year so much I felt like it would have been quicker to run the 10k again, underneath the stand was like being at a dcfc match where everyone was everywhere going in different directions and waiting for a sign to move, the chap on the loudspeaker was quite rude and saying some inappropriate/offensive comments to the runners after we had pushed ourselves hard around the course, there was no water left but luckily my son had a drinks bottle waiting for me outside-the officials need to understand the danger here of people needing a drink after they have dehydrated themselves, and I managed to get a commercial tshirt with no reference to the race this year but in the end I wish I had swapped it for some water, then if we hadn't queued enough today, we had a 30mins wait to be sat in a grid lock of cars waiting for the car park to reopen.
In summary, the organisers have spread themselves too thin by increasing the size of the race although according to the radio onthursday, they might find some way of convincing an extra 3000 runners next year to give away their money. Obviously not organised by runners and instead a commercial organisation getting away with a poor event by putting the face of a charity forward. Shame! Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Great run, shame about the race being cancelled In full: Interesting tour of Sheffield, with some short hills. Impossible to move within the pens at the start, and a 50 minute delay at the start was long. No idea that the race had been cancelled until we finished, and didn't really miss the lack of water for the first few miles that had caused the cancellation - the good people of Sheffield were incredibly supportive, offering water and sweets. Weather better than forecast and a good first time experience - watch the press for further inquisitions into what went wrong for the organisers. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Yorkshire people Fantastic In full: No communication at all, could not hear the tannoy at 1hr 45min marker. Squashed into timing places. However the people of Sheffield were outstanding...many carrying water from their homes and providing snacks...a real credit to the community. Volunteers and Marshalls many thanks for staying around. Organisation shocking Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Seems the course change is for the good but post-race was bordering on chaotic In full: First time in this one for me today. Seems that the course tweaks have been for the better but the post-race organisation needs to be looked at. You can't hope to cater for a field of 5,000 without a system in place for dishing out water and goodies. 10+ minutes post finish for water is too long to wait and the tee-shirt points were not well sign-posted (sizes). A one-way flow in the concourse is a 'must have' I'd suggest rather than having thousands moving in opposite directions. On course marshals were superb - a credit to the city and to the organisers. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In full: nice venue,friendly marshal's . you pass through about a dozen kissing gates on route so not a pb race,but this was a good race and a good cause. enjoyed the run and would run it again. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Get lost in the Midlands. In full: Where can you get to see the best of British? This race offers everything you want in an Ultra with different surfaces, towns and villages, rivers, brigdes and the best organised race bar none. If you want all this and put on weight come and join in- I dont know how many people are involved in this but its a clockwork organisation. Only one gripe - when can I sign uo for 2015? Date of review: April 6, 2014