In short: Great race, shame about the organisation In full: I do this one every year. Lovely scenery, great marshals, challenging hills, beautiful weather. And a banana at the end. But ...
Chaos at number pickup because you couldn't see which queue to join till you got to the front. Longest queue ever for bag drop - we gave up and ran back to the car (which saved a huge wait at the end as well). Mayhem at the finish line where you could hardly get over the chip timer hump for the crush beyond - and the guy on the desk seemed more worried about a medal that had gone missing than getting people moving through. Hope you can do better next year, Marlow! Date of review: November 9, 2016
In short: Well organised scenic flat river run In full: I have run this event a number of times now and it's great race. Well organised, scenic course running along the Thames from Kingston to Kew gardens and back. It's pretty flat and traffic free. It's a fairly quick course although probably not a PB because some of the tow path sections can get muddy. And nice homemade cakes at the finish! A good race for beginners as well and well worth trying if you've not done it before. Date of review: November 8, 2016
In short: A magical meander In full: A lovely experience, the combination of a scenic course, great organisation, low numbers and friendliness, made for a special race. A great intro to running on trails, although beware of dog walkers, hikers and cyclists on the busiest parts. And yes, be mentally prepared for the final 1.9 miles which cruelly takes you right past the finish in a loop out and then back. Date of review: November 8, 2016
In short: Beautiful trail run along the Thames In full: My fourth time here and I'll definitely be back.
The course is a pretty route along the Thames. It's mostly very well maintained trail, a few puddles and a bit stony underfoot which you only notice through your trainers once you've pounded about 20 miles.
You may end up running a fair way on your own near the end, as the runners get pretty spread out, but there is always someone in view. It's a popular race with ultra running and marathon-a-month types and very friendly. Also perfect for beginners as there really are runners of all abilities.
A super-relaxed, well-organised event. Date of review: November 8, 2016
In short: Best 10K in the South of England In full: Being a former Strider maybe I'm a bit biased, but this is such a well organsied race. The course is good and pb potential for sure. The marshals are super friendly and everso encouraging. Having your first name on the number bib is good and makes the come on's! personal. I never hear a bad word afterwards when everyone is collecting their medals Mars bar and bottle of water. This is a 10K other running clubs could learn from. Excellent from start to finish. Well done Striders, best running club by miles. Date of review: November 7, 2016
In short: A welcome addition to the East Midlands calendar In full: I really do like 10m races so doing this was a given despite doing HM the week before. Use of Derby FC facilities meant everyone kept warm pre-race on a chilly morning. Course is the proverbial 'pancake' and uses many parts of other Derby races including the scenic Elvaston Country Park. One small suggestion for organisers is that bottled water (as opposed to cups)should be given at halfway as well as at 8m - maybe a logistical issue. All in all a very good debut for this race. Date of review: November 7, 2016
In short: They weren't kidding about it being tough In full: Easy enough to find the stadium plenty of parking facilities very good very well marshalled all the way around and some places were remote big big climbs and toug terrain sucidal descent but a great way to spend a Sunday in wales credit to all at fairwater runners for a great race Date of review: November 6, 2016
In short: Very well organised, undulating race In full: Really enjoyed this race. It is hillier in the first half than the second and the hills are more gentle inclines rather than steep climbs. Enough downhill parts to recover on. Excellent marshalling and very well sign posted. Loved the flying pig on the medal too. Date of review: November 6, 2016
In short: An interesting race In full: After the fog last year, I said I wouldn't do it again, but decided on another try. The weather today was sunny and clear, but with a biting Fenland wind! It's flat, with a good pb potential. My result was my fastest since 2011. A small, local event, which is well worth the money, which all goes to local causes. Date of review: November 6, 2016
In short: Oh, I do not like the new course! In full: Third time I've run this race - and this time, instead of having one turn around at 6.5 miles, we had one at 5.7 ish miles, and then another at 12.4 ish miles. The second turn was a nightmare - having to run past the finish line, along a narrow pavement which the good people of Kingston were rather keen on using for Saturday morning strolls at the same time as runners going both ways, and then through what appeared to be a regatta at the local boat club. This made for a fairly unhappy last two miles, and the whole thing was made worse by my being 14 seconds off a half-marathon PB. Considering my half PB was set on a road race, and this one is muddy, bumpy, and lumpy in parts (which I LOVE, but find more challenging to run), it was rather disappointing - those 14 seconds were not helped by the quantity of people to dodge round and the second turn in the last couple of miles. And: when you're sharing the space, it's only fair to let the pedestrians who aren't running a race to have right of way, and make sure you don't bowl them over. Not sure I want to do it again on this route - and it was a favourite! I'm not sure when the course was changed (this runs three times a year, and I last ran it in November 2015). The marathon has used the loop which is new to the half marathon for some years - but at different times of day. I'm really not sure why the route was changed? Date of review: November 5, 2016
In short: Great race wiht great marshalls In full: I have always said I will only do big city marathons, this was my first smaller one and I was very impressed. The organisation was fantastic and the marshalls were brilliant and plenty of them. Several nice touches, include jelly babies, Jaffa cakes and cola. And what can I say about the banannas! Baggage team were excellent and bringing bags out as they saw people approaching.
Route was great, plenty to see and a few small undulations.
Would definitely recommend to anyone new to marathons or seasoned marathoners. Date of review: November 3, 2016
In short: One of the best half marathons I've done. Great venue, the marshals were excellent, the course goes through Clumber Park and only has a few hills. The goody bag at the finish was very generous. Date of review: November 2, 2016
In short: They make 13.1 miles look beautfiul In full: Worksop Half Marathon was my first 13.1mile attempt and I picked a goody! My husband has run it numerous times and has always said the scenery makes it all the more worthwhile so I was really pleased when it lived up to my expectations! Undulating at times so perhaps not the fastest course but surely one of the prettiest! Fab organisation, lovely supporters and marshals and a great t-shirt! Date of review: November 2, 2016