In short: Excellent, well organised event and good introduction to Ultra Running In full: My fourth turn out for this excellent and well organised event. While the 2 miles through the bluebell woods were easier this year, (no mud!), the 7 miles along the Wansdyke were into the teeth of a strong south westerly. Not sure which I prefer! Many thanks to all the cheery marshals, especially those at checkpoints 6 and 8 where it was exposed, windy and raining when I plodded through.... much appreciated guys. Oh - and so nice to have piping hot showers at the end! Usually when I finish the water is stone cold. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere and support - if you've never run a half do this one next year ! In full: Fantastic organisation - couldn't fault it. Brilliant support, particularly at the end, along the killer hill - thanks guys !! I'll be back next year for sure. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: A great half marathon In full: The Chester Half, was my first half and I can't wait to do it again next year, the climb towards the end was very tough, though most of the route, maybe too after 12 miles, though the rest of the route felt flat. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Well organised as usual, but with the odd glitch In full: A week after the event I was looking for the results for the race which don’t seem to have appeared on the ECS web-site when I came across these observations below. It was a very warm day and I was gasping for water at the end, and therefore did not take any notice of my finish time.
I think, as others have commented , the race was generally well-organised. The route in the woods was varied terrain, but extremely well marshalled, with water at 2km and 8km. But on the down-side the pre-race instructions were inaudible. A cheap hand-held megaphone is something like £70, and so if you can’t afford one, use a football whistle or let off a couple of fireworks to alert the runners to the starter’s instructions. However more fundamentally having no water at the finish is an absolute travesty. I have seen what happens to people with even mild dehydration and it is not a pleasant experience.
As someone else has already mentioned I too know how difficult it is to organise a race, and I assume both these points were a simple oversight. Being organised by a PTA means that the committee is composed of a rolling membership, which can obviously lead to a lack of continuity.
I see that last year I suggested the race could be improved by starting and finishing on the green with extra distance added in the woods to compensate for the half-mile along Milbourne Lane. Does any one else agree please?
Anyway I will be looking forward to running the event in 2014
In short: 4th time I've run this and it gets better and better! Not flat by any means but finally managed to beat a 4 year PB! Brilliant organisation with touches you'd expect if you were a VIP! Great value and a must do race.... Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Multi-loop fun in the May sun In full: A two and a half loop (!) race, with supberb marshals that were always full of encouragement. Some of the turns on the course are a bit tight, and there are a couple of choke points, but if you run this race for fun rather than a PB, then you will really enjoy it Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: First time running Sheffield loved it :) In full: Loved this race good PB potential if you get off to a good start the crowds were the best I've seen defo doing this again next year Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Great race, good atmosphere, excellent goody bag and value for money In full: great well organised race with a good family atmosphere. Lots to do for spectators at the start and finish. Spectators all around the course. Excellent PB material. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: A real challenge for a first ultra In full: Overall a very well organised challenge, excellent course with fantastic scenery and plenty of variety of terrain. Well placed checkpoints with friendly supportive marshals, i would have quite liked some bananas rather than biscuits and jelly babies at the checkpoints though. but that is my only gripe. A great momento for finishing. An excellent event and great value, i'll definitley be back.
Well done Marlbough Running Club.. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Tough Race, but great In full: This is probably the toughest 10 miler I have done. A cross between Drogo and Dalwood (for those of you that have done those races. Organisation was excellent, scenery beautiful but the hills were killers. The first few miles were the worse, then it was undulating (very undulating) Great atmosphere and lovely momento. Wont forget it in a hurry Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation from entry to arrival to racing to completion. BRILLIANT In full: A great race which is well organised, Well done to Andy Chris and team. Its well supported and the local supprt is great, even the jellybabies!! Results are super quick and tracking is excellent. Thoroughly enjoyable race with good goody bag, medal and tshirt. Ive already signed up for next year :) Date of review: May 13, 2013