In full: Donington castle half-marathon. It was 5 laps of the 2.5mile circuit with a bit added on at the start. It was well organised and the race circuit meant traffic free running. But.........it was a rolling course. We went downhill, not a steep downhill, but a downhill start for around 1-2km, and then some sweeping bends, not sharp turns, but you need to lean into them like track running. And then, steep down hill and then steep 1km hill which went up and round, and then up again... and then its back to the start. And so a fast lap but a tough one as you get down the hills quickly and spend more time going up them.
The race mixes up and its busy on the track. Traffic free though. Its a good race and we will do it next year. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Liked it....very satisfying In full: Hilly - well described as such. However the inclines are just (for me anyway) runnable ....very slowly, this made for an extremely satisfying run; it is soul-destroying to trudge up hill after hill in some events.
Lots of free parking. Loads of toilets. Changing facilities. Showers (very necessary....more mud than a mud factory) a queue, but only a short wait. Free tea, coffee and biscuits - before and after. Friendly marshals, well marked course and the reassuring presence of qualified first-aid folk. Location great - changing in jockeys' room, running alongside course. Couple of nice quirks - singing national-anthem at start, bottle of beer and carrot ( with nice chewy/nutty bar thing, nice tec -tee and fine medal).
In short: A great job putting this on in heavy rain In full: This is the third event I've run with energised sports and I've enjoyed them all. Friendly organisers and plenty of marshals, lots of whom really do give out that extra encouragement to gee you along. I obviously had a different experience to a couple of the comments on here because I finished today thinking what a fantastic job they'd done in appalling conditions. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Muddy Shenanigans In full: First time event and held on a filthy, wet rainy day. It was fantastic! Run 5k out on a combo of lanes and very muddy forest trails. Then 1k of excellent woodland obstacles including two great river jumps and a log carry up a steep, sludgy hill. Then that 5k back again. If you love mud, love the Surrey hills and woodlands and have a sense of humour then this is the event for you. Nice showers afterwards, plus a Tshirt and bacon rolls. Great marshals despite the awful weather. Charming atmosphere and definitely one to do again. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Marvellous morning. Nearly dried out.... In full: One of the most enjoyable 10 milers I've done, despite the unrelenting torrential rain and flooding! Nearly didn't get out of bed, so glad I did. Low key, club race with excellent venue and smooth organisation. Lovely course, ups nicely offset by downs with a cheeky rollercoaster section near the end and a fab gentle downhill for a speedy finish. Marshalls were all smiley and encouraging - they must have been frozen. At least as runners we're moving and not cold till afterwards. Would be stunning in the sunshine but had such a good time the wet didn't matter. Thanks to everyone involved, will def do again. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Loved the mud In full: Lives up to its name as it is a challenge in the mud. A true cross-country and long enough distance for me. Well done the Joggers, don't change a thing. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: A bit of fun round the park for a good cause In full: Set in Roundhay Park, Leeds, this was only my second 10k, and i'm not exactly quick, but I felt welcome and part of the event even near the back. There's a couple of hills which for me were hard but I suspect for proper runners not too much to worry about.
There's a great atmosphere with all the silliness of Movember, but plenty of folk just out for a run.
A bit muddy in parts especially up the hill to the finish line, which was bordering on assault course by the end but what do you expect in a park in November?
All in all I really enjoyed this, and as someone who isn't quite comfortable running in public yet, I feel this means they all must have done a good job. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: It was a hell of a race In full: It's not so much a race as more as a test of endurance. 1 marathon is tough, but to run all 5 is mental. But all the runners, and support crew were really friendly. The climbs and steps were insane but worth it for the views. Planning on doing some leisurely club runs there in the future. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In full: My first ever marathon, and how wise I was to pick this one. Beautiful scenery, wonderful support, heroic marshals. What a wonderfully organised race this is. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In short: Friendly and enjoyable event In full: A very friendly atmosphere created by fellow competitors and the locals supporting the race. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers for making this a great event. I will be back. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In short: One of my favs In full: Done it every year, always a great race and it just gets better. Enjoy this course for its mix of scenery, great support and friendly feeling. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In short: Fast flat PB course for all runners In full: Great organisation is always important at any race and this race was excellent. Bargain price for a timed flat fast PB course. Even cheaper if you enter the race series. Even though its dark the course is well lit. Great medal too! Would recommend to any runner looking for a PB Date of review: November 21, 2014
In full: Was my first race, with quite a mix of scenery to keep things interesting. Very well organised, scenic race. Plenty of first timers mixed in with the speedy club types, so its easy to find your pace and you're not alone. Really enjoyed running into the finish being cheered on by runners and their families, and greeted by smiling kids with medals and goodies. Has the feel of a family event - there's a very popular 1 mile fun run for the kids too and lots for the family to do in Chester while they waited for me to get back. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Brilliant race in a great city In full: Love racing in my home city; beautiful scenery - running gives you time to appreciate it. Running on traffic free roads is great, and you can just maintain your rhythm, so it was comfortable all the way round. Set off easy and I was glad of it later when I was overtaking people on Sandy Lane. If you want a fast race in a lovely location with plenty of support from runners, volunteers and locals, then this is the one for you. Lovely long sleeve T-shirt to train in, and a medal for my collection. And a Mars Bar! Was I ready for that - sports drinks and gels are great to get you round but you can only take so much before you want chocolate! Date of review: November 20, 2014