In short: Great race, very hot!! In full: This is was my first half marathon and I entered it based on reviews. I wasn't let down at all. It really is a great course. I was trying to break the 2hr barrier....... I didn't but I think a big part of this was the weather. It was in the 30's! Something I was prepared for.
Yes the 12 mile mark is isn't the best surface but as long as you're careful it isn't a problem.
I will be back in 2015!! Date of review: September 10, 2014
In full: All 4 in the series now complete, culminating in a 5km PB. My daughter ran two of the childrens 1km race and loved it - so good to see the youngsters encouraged and supported by everyone - the fact they got a medal as well made it even more special for them. See you there next year Date of review: September 10, 2014
In short: Great organisation, a challenging course, great support, and a downhill finish. In full: A good, enjoyable race helped by a number of things: - Great organisation from entry to finish - A challenging (mentally & physically)course - A welcoming host venue and residents - The 'right' number of runners Date of review: September 10, 2014
In short: Hail LONGMAN! In full: Had a fantastic day from start to finish, the course was very challenging and had a bit of everything. The organisation was spot on and all of the team are a lovely bunch who also by the way responded to my emails beforehand with haste.
Beautiful course running throughout the rolling South Downs. We were very lucky with the weather which provided some stunning 360 degree views.
Looking forward to their next race in February. Date of review: September 10, 2014
In short: Decent no-frills marathon that I would happily run again In full: Ok so parking was a disaster, but the event itself was good and I'd recommend this for those marathon runners who don't mind a two lap event where you are running long spells on your own on the second lap and you're having to run in the gutter to avoid passing traffic. For me, this was fine, but some runners who prefer the feel of a big city race would be turned off by this event.
Two highlights for me:
1) The majority of marshalls were so enthusiastic that it was quite uplifting when you've got a few miles left to do
2) They served water in bottles at the drinks station - why don't more marathons do this? I was able to carry the bottle for a mile or so and as a result I finished still feeling very well hydrated Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: A late summer classic! In full: A late summer classic! I think its possibly the best trail course in the South East - not particularly hilly or technical - but certainly lovely and undulating and varied enough to make it both fast and challenging in parts. The event itself has a unique and refreshingly corinthian atmosphere and is extremely well run. And they do offer exclusively harribo jelly babies. And home made cake. And local beer. And a really nice non-technical t shirt that you'd actually wear as opposed to flinging to the back of the wardrobe! Do it! Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Great local event. Undulating course but mostly on good tracks. Not necessarily PB potential but is a good warm up event for longer runs. National anthem as usual at the start. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Lovely race, local to me, great atmosphere In full: Location was good, with plenty of parking, & based at Sherburn Aero Club, who were serving food & drink (& full Sunday lunch!). Route was flat, on quiet country roads, some out & back sections. and 3 water stops on route. Good marshalling from a local running club. Especially enjoyed the flying display at the start! Small race with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: A good value and friendly half In full: A nice race and a very good atmosphere. Very good value for money too with chip timing, a T shirt and a medal. On the downside there is quite a lot of traffic on the route which made overtaking difficult which was awkward on hills. The route is good is you're not a fan of pancake flat. It's undulating but not hard core hilly. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Fast, well organised race In full: This is a fast race and other than the bottleneck through the underpass the route is mainly on wide open roads with road closures. The route is nice, heading out of town and into the countryside and then a town centre finish with all the crowds. I smashed my PB so was very happy overall, the only downside for me is that the race isn't endorsed by UKA so my result doesn't get added to Power of 10, I was quite gutted about that. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: One of my all time favourite races! Great but tough course and a welcome beer / cake at the finish In full: It's been a couple of years since I last entered this, but glad I came back. Even manage to improve on my time from 2011. Superb race, with friendly marshalls, and great cakes at the finish. Gin & Tonic Lemon Drizzle Cake was worth the entry fee on its own :-) Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: OMG ! Tough If your looking for a challenge this is for you. In full: On arrival marshals were helpful with parking and collecting race numbers was easy.The Course was well marked out with lots of encouraging marshals. there were many hills a few walk breaks needed for me, the small water bottles were great as i carried it to the finish line. I received a nice big medal to wear down the pub, yes ill be back for more but think ill put in a bit more training! A great way to spend Saturday morning,This is now one of my fav's ! Date of review: September 9, 2014