In short: Great friendly race with some hard terrain, water jumps but not too hilly In full: A great morning out. This was lots of fun, and really well organised - although my normal pre-race routine was rather put out by the lack of a toilet queue! The marshalls were particularly cheery and encouraging, especially at the harder points. It felt rather harder than it should have, given the moderate but not suicidal elevation, because of the really soft ground and claggy mud. Definitely one for the most grippy mud shoes you can find! Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Another triumph for the ETL Team In full: After initially suggesting to some club friends we team up for the relay someone piped up and said we should all do the whole thing, only after signing up did they bail so two of us were left with the scary prospect of doing all 14 and a bit miles!
The race wasn't actually as suicidal as I was expected, not to say it wasn't damn tough though! The beautiful scenery, ample very encouraging marshals with lots of very well stocked water/fuel stations made this a joy to take part in. Like every ETL event I have done in the past the organisation was faultless and has a real feeling of being organised by runners, for runners. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Brilliant race, beautiful scenery. In full: This is the second time I have done this race (having previously done it in 2011), the course is challenging, with a fair amount of climbing alongside the Great Orme. The scenery on the climb is stunning though, and the castle finish is pretty good too. Definitely recommended. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Fun 5k In full: Did the 5k with my husband & 5 & 7 year olds. Steep entry fee for on the day adults (£20) but offset by children being free!! Great medal and loved the headband! Nice route round a bit of MK (all looks the same in MK so never sure where we are!), mostly flat. Great support, really good at the start & finish. Only gripe was the start was very cramped and couldn't hear the start gun. Brilliant family day out and great atmosphere. Loved it! Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Clowne delivers again In full: Yet again a superbly organised race, and yet again the best half marathon on the circuit. If anything it gets better every year...facilities, support, catering, hospitality all excellent. I know I'm beginning to sound boring - I say this every year - but the price of this really should go up. Racers understandably feel ripped off when the prices of most HMs are reaching 30 quid, but I think they'd gladly pay that little extra to a club that is clearly doing all it can to make all runners have a fantastic experience, whatever their ability. If you run in the north midlands / South Yorkshire area and haven't done this yet, shame on you! At only 5 mins from j30 of the M1, this is quite simply the best in the area. See you next year! Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Well organised event. Just about perfect running conditions In full: It is a two lapper but still went quickly, the run through the country areas definitely good. Excellent organisation for a big half. Well marshalled, friendly support all round the course, local people out in force in places. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Stunning views, atmosphere and mind-deceiving legs make you forget the challenge of 15 miles In full: First time individual entrant, I did the 3 legs and 15 miles and loved every minute of it. Well, ok, the last leg hurt in many places on the way up but it was so worth the vertigo-inducing descend to the finish line. The DJ set us off to Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" - oh yeah, and kept pumping some fighting tunes at every pass. On the 1st leg, we crossed the stream via stepping stones and walked up the steps (I'll be honest with you). I'm glad I looked back half way up the steps, as the view, oh my - the view behind us! By this point I was already sold and decided I would definitely be doing this again next year! There is a lovely downhill and road section back to base and that was the 1st leg over. On the 2nd leg we climbed up slow and dragging inclines, surrounded by colourful foliage and running on some beautiful bridle paths. The water stations and regular supply of gels and Jelly Babies helped the aches at bay and the scenery kept the mind fresh and distracted by things other than the miles covered/miles to go. The 3rd leg - my toughest one, took us up a rather slow and steeper incline, the sort which requires you to flex your "determination muscle" and switch off the mind. The support of descending runners really helped, thank you all. There was the boggiest, slidiest bit through the woodland, which was only about 200 metres but felt like an endurance course, but lead to the last drinks station and a turning point "home". The downhill home was epic and euphoric - my legs flew down the hill. The section through vineyard was too steep for me and I found myself breaking uncomfortably, but then there was the finish line within 200 metres, many cheers and calls of "well done"! I even got a hug from the race organiser! I cannot put into words just how much I enjoyed this race, especially as only the night before we had a team of three doing the relay version of The Molehills and due to injury, the two of us opted for doing the whole thing as individual entrants. I am so glad to have had this experience and I am definitely coming back next year! And dragging any willing friends/victims along with me! Thank you ETL! Beautiful, chunky medal but could I have wine next year rather than beer though? Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Best road race in Wales?? In full: The course hardly runs straight for more than 20 paces (except maybe the downhill start section) and also undulates up and down a fair bit with some uphill pulls that deffo call for gritted teeth but then comes a fast downhill section to enable you to ease those lungs and legs. Im addicted to the pain and pleasure of this artful race. Always well marshalled. Great atmosphere. Superb scenery. 10 out of 10 Thanks Rhayader Rnning Club. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In full: first time i have done it and loved it. Its not a beast but dont think that it has pb potential unless you never do a flatty. The announcer speaking welsh (how many of the welsh understand it!) gave the event a Gavin and Stacey feel!But this did give a certain uniqueness to the event! Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: my god, i love finishing this race!! In full: as usual a fantastic race, well organised and very friendly. hills and mud and hills and mud and hills and beer. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Another great event In full: Not as much mud as last year (shame), great organisation, great marshalls and feed station helpers, and great supporters. Many thanks to all concerned. A real toughie. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Hilly, Rugged, Hard Work. In full: Very Hilly Course, don't normally like loop courses, but given the severity of the Hills there was a weird perverse enjoyment in knowing what was coming the second time around.
Actually found the down hills more painful than the ups.
Great atmosphere at finish and Bottle of beer at the finish (a Great Touch) Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Best Half of the Year bar None In full: Best race of the year, once again perfect weather. Tough as old boots as ever, The Orme and the sand make it a slog, but will book again next year for our annual pre Chrimbo pilgrimage to the Motherland
In short: challenging great run In full: very well organized run I have to mention that this run was no trafic free but still perfectly organized i felt a save on the road.nice t-shirt for every one who cross the finish line.Only one concern was that a bag living area was to far from a start line with make you cool downe after a warm up Date of review: November 24, 2013