In short: LOVED IT In full: Yes it was tough even more so by doing all 3 legs but i loved it ! lovely atmosphere, fantastic courses and amazing organisation. Will be back again next year for sure, well done to all those involved in making this race happen. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: With Danny the DJ and the friendlyness of Sandbach Striders, running round 105.5 laps of a track was made fun and enjoyable. Thanks to the organisers and I would do it again. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Loved it :-) In full: My first 10k in over 2.5 years due to injury, and was also one of the first 10k's I did 7 years ago. The race has grown a lot since then and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. Good parking, great atmosphere with room to move at the beginning, quite a testing course but at around half way we turned off the main round and the remainder of the route was on a lovely trail :-) Nasty little surprise the last half mile (route has changed a little in 7 years!). Yes, the Christmas Pud was slightly disappointing, but apparently there was a problem and not the fault of the organisers. My only constructive criticism is that there were insufficient registration desks, causing a very long queue and a 10 minute delay in starting, only minor problem, easily rectified. Thanks to all involved, great morning :-) Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: My local race - challenging but worth the effort In full: This is my closest race and one I will definitely attempt again. Clowne RR do a great job in organising and marshalling a tricky course which has minimal road closures. There are some challenging sections on the course, most notably through Whitwell at around 9-10 miles where you need to dig in. It's not chip timed so don't expect to match your Garmin to the second but it's great value with a good T-shirt and more importantly home made flapjack at the end. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Milton Keynes- Enjoyable run in a good location In full: Great little race this. Well organised and enjoyable pre race with active warmup and music and a lot of fancy dress/awful facial hair (mine included). Collected number and chip easy enough and was given a Movember head band before the race began.
There was a little bit of a delay to the start and as a result the 10K that i ran in didnt get off until about 1020 or so which was a slight downer considering the chilly weather. Great marshalling and support and the route is undulating in places but the last 1k is down again. Willen Lake is where our parkrun takes place and it really is a lovely part of MK. The last 1K starts a top Campbell Parks highest point which gives great views.
I absolutely obliterated my 10K PB by about 7 minutes but i havent run one in about 6 months and ive been doing a lot of training over the summer in that time. So i would say it isnt as easy as that makes out but certainly an opportunity for a PB.
At the end you get a nice little medal and there are free refreshments from Lucozade (other drink makers are available in shops haha) and a blanket.
My advice to Movember for next year would be:
1) The water point needs to be slightly longer and not at a corner. It got a bit congested. 2) Specified timing markers at the start. Im aware the 5K is provided as the fun run but it would be good to acknowledge that there will be some fun runners with us keeno's in the 10K by having estimated finish time markers in the queue at the start. This would avoid some people who were walking the whole route clogging the first 1K.
Those are the only 2 issues that i identified and they really are only minor and as such didnt ruin my experience. I would assume some people may mention the price on here and at £22 there are certainly cheaper 10k's out there. However given the well run day, the medal and the fect that the extra goes to such a great cause i am more than happy to pay that and i will certainly do so again next year.
Top morning out. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Brilliantly organised and great atmosphere In full: This was a toughie. I only ran the final day in what was a 5 day event (5 marathons in 5 days), but I saw enough to recognise just how well looked after the 5 day runners were. There was a full event site set up a with heated race HQ tent. The HQ tent included registration, pre and post massage, and what was effectively a self-service canteen with hot food, drinks etc. The course was, as the name of the race clearly states, a hell of a hill. It was an 8 lap course going up and over Rivington Pike, with a refreshment station set up at the start of each lap. The 'downs' became as brutal as the 'ups' by the 7th lap and there were very few flat stretches of trail. This was probably the toughest marathon I've done yet, and I have great admiration for those that did the full 5 days. Everyone was still smiling at the finish line though. All in all, this was a great event, with fabulous marshals and a very friendly bunch of runners. I'll definitely be back next year, and may even give the 5 days a crack. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Brilliant stuff again from Events to Live In full: This is a fantastic run. Challenging distance, beautiful scenery, enthusiastic marshalls, happy runners, jelly babies and a start/finish located in the beautiful Denbies vineyard. What more could you ask for? As for the run itself, I took it slowly and there were many parts after the first leg where I couldn't see anyone in front of me or behind! Not exactly a large field but this just added to the appeal. There was a queue at the stepping stones at the start which added to the friendly atmosphere as you got chatting to the runners around you. I ran in road shoes which were fine even for the muddy bog at the top of Ranmore. Superb atmosphere. I want to do it again already!
In short: Well worth the drive from Launceston In full: Low key, friendly atmosphere both at the start, during and at the end. Excellent long sleeve tech shirt, chunky medal, bottle of beer, flap jack etc at the end. Free parking and no loo queue. Hard course with a bit of everything thrown in. I am glad I ran and will again. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: 2nd year in a row... will be back next year too! In full: A South East classic! Great course - scenic enough to make it not feel roady, but, not muddy enough be truly off road; hilly enough to be challenging, but, not steep enough to be slow. Its basically a tough course but one that you can clock up a decent time on - especially with the two mile sprint descent to the finish line! ETL events are always brilliantly run. Love it!
In short: An explanation regarding the size of the sponsors puddings is on www.heanorrunningclub.com In full: We apologise if anyone is disappointed with the contents of the Goody bag but it was circumstances totally beyond the control of Heanor Running Club. An explanation regarding the size of the sponsors puddings is on www.heanorrunningclub.com Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Very challenging race, especially climbing the great orme. In full: Only gripes are no goody bag considering the price of entry, the water stations weren't good, the little foil pots just don't work. Overall though very scenic and very challenging Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: A great race that gets better every year. In full: This is a fantastic event to take part in, Conwy and Llandudno are beautiful places and the route really shows them off well. I've done this race nearly every year since 2009 and it has got bigger and better each time.
Other people have mentioned the water...it is not great tbh, shallow pots with a foil lid, just doesn't work, never has never will, at the first water station the guys were trying to puncture the lids for the runners but later on, trying to peel back a foil on a shallow pot, on the run, not ideal.
The other point is the difference between committed volunteer marshalls and paid security staff...groups of two or three guys huddling together ignoring the runners isn't good. In a race I want clear directions from the marshalls, it's what I do for nothing when I am marshalling, if you're getting paid, you could make an effort. Date of review: November 24, 2013