In short: Well organised and friendly race In full: A big thank you to Notfast Running Club for organising this race. Not the fastest course with a cheeky hill just after half way, but a very enjoyable experience. Special thanks to all the marshals and officials. Only minor niggle was it was difficult to hear the safety briefing at the start of the race. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Proper race In full: The only gripe I had was you just could not hear the race brief. Plenty of water supply around the course. The course was far hillier than expected, final twok was a god send .Great tech shirt. See you in 2015. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: No problems but not thrills In full: I ran the 2014 race but no option available at the top.
I ran this race with two of my friends, one of whom had never ran a half marathon before. The first 6 miles were a flat loop through a pretty dull sand dune lined road. The second half of the race was a tiny bit more exciting but nothing to shout about. There were regular water stations and one station was handing out energy gels. We had a relaxed attitude to the whole race and were talking to very friendly competitors , stewards and supporters. At mile 5 we even managed to sneak in a water fight with some runners we got chatting to. 3 West Indian steel pan musicians were entertaining runners at at about mile 2 and 4 and people were even stopping to dance. The end of the race was a bit demoralising as you had to do a loop around the finishing area to make up the last quarter of a mile or so. I like to think if I hadr un this on my own I would have been hunting a pb. Lovely t-shirt and medal at the medal at the end. Enjoyed the race and so did my friends but wont be one to rush back to Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Unique chance to run across the Humber Bridge In full: I travelled over from Liverpool for this race as the chance to run over the Humber Bridge was a chance I could not refuse. It was a very very wet day but all the runners were chatty and making a joke of it all. The race was late starting due to the weather but seems fair due to circumstances. The route was exactly what I wanted, some flat and lots of up and downs. The hill at 9 miles (Gravel Pit Road) was a real challenge and quite fun in its own perverse way. The last hill going back onto the bridge was a killer and I found I really had to dig deep. There were some lovely supporters out despite the wet weather. The finish line had a lovely atmosphere and the hill down to it was appreciated.
What really annoyed me and the other runners was the lack of medals at the finish line. I dont care about gift bags or t-shirts but I always associate athletic achievements with medals and to finish a half marathon and not be rewarded with a medal broke all the rules of organised and competitive running for me. I feel especially upset for the poor first timers who can not mark their achievelement with the medal they deserve.
I really enjoyed the race and the atmosphere and loved running over the Humber Bridge. Very very bitter at not having a medal to mark the event. Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Fantastic race - country running In full: Pre-race organisation is excellent, and parking on the day is very easy. Quick registration and plenty of toilets. Nice start area and lots of atmosphere at the start. The course is mostly shady, which was very welcome today. There was a lot of banter out on the course and the marshals and water stations were notably excellent. The course marking was perfect. The finish area was great with great t-shirt, lots of fresh fruit (delicious!) and a bottle of Badger beer - how apt.
One unwelcome occurrence (not the organisers' fault - far from it) were other runners wearing MP3s/iPads and actually playing music as they ran along - not using headphones - so that everyone has to listen to it. This is just downright anti-social.
Please comment (agree/disagree?) over on the Forum thread at http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/general-running/anti-social-music-broadcasting-runners/278192.html
Other than that unwelcome development (again, not the organisers' fault), the Surrey Badger is one of the best races in the UK - no doubt about it! Another triumph from Alan, Nicky and the excellent helpers and marshals from Events to Live. Roll on the Bacchus! Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: Lovely & economic intro to obstacle / muddy races In full: What a lovely little 10k - obstacles, waterslide, water, its just a shame it hadn't been raining (for more mud). All in all a nice intro to the world of obstacle / muddy races. Organisation was excellent, with friendly and encouraging marshals, this was a race with a 'buzz' coming from all the runners, all in all loved it, definitely coming back :) Date of review: July 13, 2014
In short: superb in every way In full: my 4th consecutive running of this race and considering its 40 miles from home its one i enjoy most , organisation is top class and maybe could not hear mega phone at start even though i was near front but bagpipes before hand superb , race is well marshalled all way round including the youngsters handing out drinks , sponges , oranges , jelly babes singing and spurring you on , but end race wonderful with the brass band massive range of cakes and free beer and medal is one the best and bonus of t shirt this year , thank you bewl :) Date of review: July 12, 2014
In short: Friendly, sociable race on some gorgeous trails around sheffield. Hilly! In full: This unique race was fantastically organised. Almost weekly there was an update about it on facebook with competitions to win prizes....one of which I won (a free massage).
The race consisted of 11 timed stages. The bits inbetween the stages could be either walked or ran depending on personal preferences. We ended up jogging most of ours due to the legs stiffening up due to the steep up and down hill sections. You could do the race as a pair or solo.
The course was tough (if your not used to hills and trails) but it was so much fun and the scenery was fantastic. It was great to talk to so many people inbetween the timed sections, everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it and in good spirits.
Afterwards there was a BBQ and beer tent....the beef burger was a tasty treat after such a hard run.
The only negative I can think of for the event is that there was only one trophy for the pairs prizes....difficult to decide who was going to take it home, everything else was perfect Date of review: July 12, 2014
In short: Lovely evenng blast, great marshalls In full: Lovely weather booked once again for this varied and stretching race round the edge and Hare Hill. Marshals from Stockport Cerebal Palsy Society were all lovely but the chap on the last climb is possibly the most encouraging I have ever come across! Date of review: July 11, 2014