In short: Superbly well organised event In full: This event is extremely well organised. Multiple water, lucozade, spong, orange stops. You name it they've got it!! Great atmosphere especially at the end. Free pint of beer and hot drinks too?! Can't forget the band either. 10/10 for organisation and generosity. Oh and also the actual run is great too, gets pretty tough at the end. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: The best trail race in the world? Probably ... No! definitely! In full: After 3 years or organising this wonderful race which I loved the experience of doing it was fantastic to run it again this year as a 'runner' with nothing else to do but enjoy the intensive beauty of this great course. I know how much effort it takes behind the scenes to put this race together each year and the amount of hard work in entails. A massive 'Thank you' to everyone involved, in particular the NDR committee and the world's greatest set of marshals - you have again done Istead & Ifield Harriers and this race proud. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Pleasant run through fields with a very small on-road part. In full: Fairly well organised. Cheap medal if you are worried about that sort of thing. You get a carrier bag but not many goodies. Sounds like there is a lot going on from the description but think small school fete. Kids 1k was a disappointment for my daughter who ended up in a race with just two other kids. All the other children clearly knew each other and as a beginner to organised running she pulled out as the other two sped off. Think school race in year groups rather than a participative fun event for people outside the village, need to rebuild her confidence now. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Excellent first event. Be back next year In full: Bit of everything from this event. Road, field, technical single track, HILLS, etc etc. excellent value, and cracking custom buff momento. It's one of our club runs now. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Great race & getting better In full: This point to point race really is lovely and is getting increasingly better organised with runners starting in waves and hence there not being much overtaking on the narrow towpath. The marshals are very friendly but because of the nature of the race there is not much support on route. I am sure I read that there would be gels at mile 6 and then there wasn't.... luckily I brought my own and did not need to rely on it! It was really hot and windy but I managed to dig deep and get a PB - well pleased! The race finished at a real great spot for having lunch after and the showers and free massage was really excellent - thank you so much - I will be back! Well done! Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Good location, nice atmosphere, In full: Very nice people organising but the school facilities aren't good which is a shame because the location is great. Only 1 loo working at the pool and no hot water in showers. If you went up to the rugby pavilion there's boys' shared showers and a couple of gritty loos. None of this is very user friendly, especially for the ladies. Deserves to be a popular race so please get portaloos for next year. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Second time I've run this and would do it afain and again. Glorious setting and smooth and friendly organisation. One tricky hill at mile 11 justs adds to the challenge! Maybe a medal as well as t-shirt would be nice, but that's a very minor niggle Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Fantastic race! In full: This is by far my favourite race. Beautiful scenery, fantastic marshals who support throughout the race, and a medal, t-shirt and goody bag at the end. A race not to be missed :-) Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Different kind of marathon, very well organised In full: This is a different kind of marathon. As well as being an evening/night race, it’s also eight laps around a housing estate/business park that (at the time) was in the process of being built. It may not sound ideal on paper but it was actually a great race. The multiple laps meant you got a time and position update every time you passed through the start/finish area, and were greeted by a big cheer every 5km or so. Changing from daylight to dead of night was also different and enjoyable, and the race organisers provided mini-kit bags if you wanted access to extra kit mid-race. Most of all, given this was the first running, the organisation was great. It sounds like the organisers had some last minute hassle with car parking but it didn’t show on the night. Definitely a good introduction to evening/night racing!
In short: didn't quite get it right In full: The start of the race was delayed by some issues with the buoys, and this had negative impact on th equality of the experience. First and foremost, the standard swim course was too short by about 600-700m, which is a massive disappointment. Next, because of the delayed start, also the traffic became much heavier for the bike section. It was not necessarily dangerous but very unpleasant, esp. on the A31., and could have slowed some people on the otherwise very fast course. The run went without glitches but, again, the promenade got quite busy, with quite a few walkers, dogs, kids on scooters, etc. to dodge. Overall, if I had had to travel to race or been after a PB, I would now be seriously disappointed. But I wasn't, so it's just a not particularly good experience from my point of view which I'm not very keen to repeat. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: The steps and detour are gone! In full: Relaxed, unusual and highly enjoyable run from Wolverhampton to Birmingham. A little bit more info about what was where at the finish would be handy, but quality organisation overall. Good goody bag and medal. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: My only UK even I have done and it blew my mind. In full: Andy vets all the entries and only allows those to enter who are fun, friendly, generous, smiling (and in my case slow). He then slows you even more by putting the course in what is just stunning scenery. If you only do one event, this is the one. We drove 500 miles to do it and it was WELL WORTH IT. WSR you have set the bar so high, integrating a great event with a village life, cakes, barn-dancing, cider, it's just fab. It is the friendliest, friendliest event ever. It is a shame places are limited but I can imagine having 4000 runners there would loose the charm of the event. Book early! Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: Physically and emotionally challenging but the satisfaction at the end is immense! In full: I took part for the first time this year. I was a VERY late entry. I was worried about it as I hadn't trained for it per se, although I am training for a marathon at present. I was advised to take it slow, walk up the hills and have fun. That's exactly what I did!
The marshalls and the local villagers were wonderful. Great encouragement all around and kudos to the locals who put out their hoses to spray us with water at various points. I loved the Hash House Harriers Beer and water stall at the 15KM point.
The highlight for me was running up Cricket Pitch Hill with my friend Hayley, singing "Never Gonna Give You Up". We managed a verse and the chorus!
I took a tumble at some point (can't remember where) and sustained some scratches but carried on. The ascents and descents were like nothing I'd experienced. I managed to dig out a rather impressive sprint at the end (so I was told) which I think was fuelled by the thought of cake and tea at the end! Massive thanks to the volunteers who made the cakes and major thanks to Istead and Ifield Harriers for creating a wonderful race in a beautiful part of the world. I'm signing up for next year as soon as booking opens! Date of review: July 4, 2015
In short: Very hot but great support from marshals and drink stations In full: It was so hot and with a headwind which made it harder but potentially quite fast in kinder weather although the endless bridges and rough surfaces obviously make it slower than the road but then the bonus was no road running. Only gripe was not finding the showers. Followed the only sign I saw to a car park and nobody I asked know either. Date of review: July 4, 2015
In short: Interval training made fun :) In full: This is a lovely course through lots of green space in Sheffield. A really good way to get to know the city's parks and a lovely chance to chat to lots of friendly runners. Date of review: July 4, 2015
In short: In 25yrs of running this has been my favourite race In full: From the witty pre-race forms to the great organisation, hilarious naked farmer, pink champers to toast the newly engaged couple at the Love Station but most of all for its wonderful atmosphere this, my first marathon, has been my fave race in 25yrs of trail races. Date of review: July 4, 2015