In short: If you do this, DO NOT book in advance... In full: As title, if you do this race don't book it in advance. Wait and see what the weather is doing beforehand because if it has rained before,or is forecast to on the day, then plenty of the stretches of this race (mostly narrow and steep trail tracks) will become extremely slippy underfoot. It was dry this year and people were still all over the place.
Organisation on the day was fine though beforehand was not good. Unanswered emails etc when I asked three times for the course map (i got a response in the end).
Low runner turnout which lessens the atmosphere somewhat.
Advertised as undulating though I would call it hilly at 1320ft of ascent.
As it was the Much Wenlock Olympian Society I was expecting (probably somewhat hopefully) something other than a bog standard medal.
Scenery was pretty. Well stocked drink and food stations and friendly marshals, of which there were plenty. Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Roundabout, dual carriageway, roundabout, dual carriageway, tuen back around In full: This is a very well organised race, with a great pre-post race set up. The finish at the MK Dons stadium was a great experience and it also came with a fun atmosphere when crossing the line.
This is Milton Keynes and the course itself is pretty unspectacular with Roundabout, dual carriageway, turn back on yourself and back up the dual carriageway……..very basic and nothing too inspiring. The MK 20mile race in March is a much better course (I think).
I did achieve my 2nd fastest HM time, so it couldn't be too bad.
Overall I think this is a great race for someone trying to achieve a PB and is looking for a fun, well organised event for their first big run Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Great race - one of my favourites In full: This was the 3rd time I'd done the Hook 6, last year I was injured and the year before I did the 10 mile option. I was injured this year too, but managed to get round in a not-too-shabby time.
Nice medal (it would be nice if they differentiated between the 2.5, 6 and 10, maybe they could do so on the ribbon) and generally great organisation.
The only thing I would say is that it would help if they briefed the fun runners and walkers to ensure that they keep left (or right) as they approach the finish, as it is difficult for 6 and 10 milers to get past them at times - I had to shout "coming through" or "excuse me" a few times when I was exhausted.
A great community event - maybe the Green Park 10k could avoid clashing with it in future so I can do both events in another year! Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Great organisation in a lovely park In full: Great organisation from start to finish. Marshals vocal and encouraging, as always at PB races, love the little girl handing out Jelly babies! I never realised Southwark park was so lovely. Great flat course for beginners, and PB hunters, and water half way round and at the end! Results and photos posted in super quick time. Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: great atmosphere good scenery (for most of it) and good organization In full: I like others would like race numbers sent out as getting to the expo means having to spend night before in brighton and as I stay on the night of the race it works out a very expensive weekend.and talking of expensive why so much to run it? Especially when london is only £37 (I think).apart from the above points I love this race and the crowds are fantastic.I seem to he in the minority here but I thought the cups were a great idea no problem at all drinking out of them all that was needed was to squeeze the cup to make a funnel.and to finish on what a fantastic place to celebrate with friends and family on completion. Am definitely back next year Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Quite simply still the Best 10k about. Gets better every year. Other 10k events could learn a lot from market Drayton 10k. Keep up the good work. See you in 2016 In full: After doing Liverpool Sefton Park 10k spring bank holiday I knew market Drayton 10k had a lot to live up to as Sefton park was brilliant. I was not disappointed. It's very well organised from start to finish. It's sooo friendly with all runners going for a pint after the race so you meet people from all across the UK which is lovely and the goodie bag is 2nd to none. Stunning t shirt and medal yet again I may also add. Superb value for money. Keep up the good work. Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: Amazing, friendly and so organised In full: Almost everything you'd want is provided - warm up guy, friendly marshalls, beautiful route, nearby toilets. Only issue is I didn't see any water stops Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: No regular km markers, not enough water at finish. Save your money and do a park run twice instead. In full: I picked this run to see how much closer I was getting to my 2015 goal of a sub 50min 10k. The race was advertised as having 1km markers - in reality it had a 2km marker, a 5 km marker and a 9 km marker so totally misleading. This made pacing more difficult than I needed it to be. Also they ran out of water after the finish. The route featured a total of 9 u-turns, which wasn't great either. For an £18 entry this poor vfm - if you want a run without markers you are better doing a park run route twice and saving your money. The only positive thing was the marhsals - who were plentiful and encouraging. Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: Friendly atmosphere - lots of fun! In full: Loved the Hackney Half this year! Big improvement on 2014 - water didn't run out and the final section of the course was hugely improved on last year. The earlier date was an improvement too - it was a beautifully sunny without being too hot! However, being more leisurely runners, they'd run out of energy drink by the time we got to mile 9 which was a shame but not the end of the world! I ran this event with a friend and we had an amazing time - great atmosphere, encouraging crowds, lots to look at and chat about. We had a blast! I would definitely recommend. Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: 2015 marathon!!!! In full: Very poorly organised event , marshal directing people the wrong way on last mile it caused around 50/60 people being sent the wrong way all chip timing was incorrect apparantley they ran out of petrol for the generators quite laughable if you wasn't running it ! Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: Good for fun runners not for racers though In full: Organisers have become complacent. I won the race and had to wait 3 months for my prize which was a £50 voucher for orienteering goods!!...My wife was 2nd, and didnt receive anything at all. Wont do it again Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: A great inaugural run for a great cause in a lovely area. In full: This was the inaugural race at Ashburnham for the charity 'Out of the Blue'. Ashburnham's grounds are a beautiful place to run. The course is on tarmac, trail and through woodlands. On the day of the race there was rain and this made the woods boggy and slippery, therefore you might want bring trail shoes or something with grip if it rains. 3 laps for the 10k. A interesting 3 laps though and challenging in parts. There was a 5K too and kids races. Lots of families having fun as well as the usual club runners.
There were burger stalls and the charity's shirts, etc for sale. A really great race, well organised by Nice Work and for a very good course in a lovely area. Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: Very good race, good setting and friendly marshals In full: Having only been running for three weeks this was my very first event other than Park Run. Very well organised, especially as they have introduced 10k for this year alongside the 5k. Nice finish line, good little medal and water, jaffa cakes, fig rolls and penguin bars for finishers. My daughter entered the Kids race and came second, hasn't stopped talking about her medal and picked loads of events she now wants to enter...we have a future good female runner in the making here thanks to the team at Nice Work. All in all a really fun time, and really looking forward to the next one. Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: Decent course, but slightly over 5k, and watch out for large joggers taking a sharp left In full: It's a pretty flat course, and Victoria Park is prettty. It was a low key, small event, but still with a real mix of ability. The paths aren't closed, so you share them with walkers and joggers. It was a cold and slightly damp May evening, so I suspect that reduced the number of pedestrians. However, I still got bodychecked by a large jogger who took a sharp turn across me. I'd do it again I think, but I'd prefer it if they reduced it by about 100m to 5k. I missed out on my target time by 5 seconds, and was well inside it for 5k according to GPS. Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: A well-organised event that is not too crowded In full: This is a very well-organised event. It is sufficiently big to not be lonely, and sufficiently small to not be crowded. Good support at water stations, particularly the girl guides at mile 12/25. Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: Love this Race In full: This was my 5th Marathon and my Husbands 1st marathon. We both loved it. Great atmosphere and great bling too. See you in 2016 We will be back Date of review: May 15, 2015