In short: Challenging and scenic race. Excellent first attempt - I will be back! In full: The Run the Rock Team obviously put in a lot of effort to make this very scenic but challenging off-road race a success. Despite it being an inaugural charity event, the organisation was excellent and the event was well-thought out. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Excellent race In full: Very nice course - I was pleased that the hills had been "talked up" to me beforehand as they weren't as bad as I had expected! Thought I ws slowing at halfway but that's when the course profile starts to go mainly downhill towards the finish, so I resumed my speed in the second half and was very pleased with my finish time, with the lovely encouragement I met with along the road leading to the rec field, and with the welcome from supporters at the finish. There's obviously a reason this race seems to be so popular! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Love this one! In full: Brilliant, well organised run in aid of some fantastic charities! Bit hilly in places but very rewarding!! Not a PB race but still worth a good go! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: A well organised off road marathon In full: This was my first off road marathon, which I found challenging but the beautiful scenery helped to offset the slog up and down the never ending hills. The marshalling was excellent at the start and finish, as well as round the course. They were encouraging and helpful, ensuring nobody went the wrong way. Parking at the finish was no problem, and the coaches from the finish to the start were all lined up ready to go in good time. I will definitely run this one again, and as I now know what to expect, will hopefully run it quicker. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: A fun run, not a race In full: Great organisation and a good day out for the family. However, the whole race and any potential for a decent time ruined by the ridiculous layout of the final km in an attempt to stretch the course to 10k and include gimmicky scenes. Back and forth in taped lanes, twisting and turning, a pointless run down a tight avenue of trees, and no room to pass the slower runners in the prior wave. A real shame. Surely with the sheer length of the forest trails this is unnecessary? Better course design would improve this 100% and make it a great course. Not for the serious runner. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Fun race, really good training run. In full: I really enjoyed this run. I did it because i don't get too many hills in every week. I think I held back too much because I thought it would be harder.
Overall it did the job, had a good run and finished in a respectable time. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Lovely slightly hilly run between Warwick and Kenilworth In full: First time I've done this race since 2010 and its popularity seems to have exploded in the last few years. A slight tweak to the route improved things this year in my opinion and the start and finish within the castle grounds as always make the race that little bit special. The people of Warwick and especially Kenilworth turned out in force and I loved the unofficial 'jelly baby station' in someone's front garden in Kenilworth - fabulous!
My only gripe this year was that the buses back to Warwick took forever to arrive. Maybe sort that out for next year please? It was the one annoyance over a pretty much otherwise perfect race! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: million times better than lst yrs organisers! In full: Second time on this race and a very hot day. Marshalls great until town centre and race ending - because cars were in process of leaving the car park the runners were having to weave through them to get to the finish and I didnt see a marshall directing anyone to finish line. However an enjoyable race, water all round, nice tshirt and medal and a PB due in all honesty to my sister who dragging me moaning and groaning through the first six miles. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Great organisation, family friendly, super run with testing hills In full: Enjoyed this race. Some testing steep short hills that tire the legs. Great marshalling and support particularly under the bridges. lots of drinks, gels on offer at halfway, toilets all available. To make this race perfect leaving the car parks could have marshalling as this would help greatly....Many thanks for a challenging run Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Really enjoyed this and as it's a random length (5.3 miles) felt no pressure on PBs In full: Great reace.. kind of trail as off road and even some mud!!! Small race but sometimes that's just what you need. Just over a hundred runner's.. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation In full: Such amazing scenery and a route I didn't know, however going down hill at the beginning - you just knew that you had to come back up again, and it was a killer! A great, fun warm-up at the beginning from Alice of Pyramid Fitness. Would definitely do again Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: HOME RUN In full: I wasn't so sure about doing laps in my home town, i thought i'd get bored, but i actually enjoyed it very much. Had the weather been a bit nicer, it may have brought extra crowds out and made the delay at the beginning a bit easier to bear.
However, apart from the last few miles which took on half the parkrun course, the course was very flat and i took 10mins off my half mara PB. all my friends also gained a PB. if i could recommend a race, it'd be this one.
My only gripe was the confusion and crowding at the finishers funnel. Date of review: June 10, 2013