In short: My new favourite race In full: Individual, quirky, welcoming and generous - that's just the set-up. The race itself is tough but runnable, scenery stunning, organisation great, love the shirt and pint glass. Good to see half the village involved as this adds to the atmosphere.Take advantage of the camping, food, bar and showers to make a weekend out of it or you'll feel you are missing out. Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Lovely race, lovely chips In full: My first time doing this one, and not disappointed (until the next day!). Very well organised, nice route (hillier than you'd think, but not overly so), cheerful marshalls, nice t-shirt and medal (looked a bit like a chocolate one wrapped in gold foil this year). The only issue, of course, was the failure of the chip timing system; not the organisers' fault but a big disappointment. It's part of what you pay for and gun times are of no interest to most runners (and of course Run Britain will have evaluated performances in this race on the basis of times that could be up to 3 minutes off (mine was 1:31 too much)). I hope the organisers get back whatever they paid the timing people!). Overall though a lovely day out, and had some fabulous chips afterwards (the potato variety!). Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Brilliantly organised race. Very brutasl choice for my fgirst marathon but really enjoyed it. The marshals and everyone working at the aid stations were so supportive. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: July 2, 2014
In short: Fabulous first ultra-experience. In full: What a day. The entire NoMad team kept you well informed in advance of the big day with regular emails through SI Events and there was plenty of information on the website too. Lots of snapshots of the route and downloadable maps. This was my first ultra and I couldn't have wished for a better experience. Yeah I got a bit lost, but this was all new territory for me and to be expected. The checkpoints were well stocked with water, isotonic drinks, sweets and savouries like marmite sandwhiches. Indeed at a particularly tricky section through a housing estate there were marshals out on push bikes to guide you through. The route itself involved crossing a lot of fields that we're challenging underfoot, I felt the threat of a twisted ankle but escaped unharmed! The camaraderie during the race was superb. Although I haven't another ultra marathon experience to compare this to, I feel it leaves any future races with a lot to live up to. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery, great value, hard work! In full: A lovely run, which was helped by the lovely sunny day, not too hot, but very scenic at the top of the hill, with the parasailers taking off around us at the top. Very encouraging marshals including the young man handing out the drinks at the water station. I'm not a lover of hills and entered on the day, I found it hard but would do it again Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Tough and spectacular In full: SO disapointed no medal, thats all I run for, cannot hang up a t shirt!!! PLEASE can we have one again next year or maybe the choice of medal or t shirt?? Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Well Organised on Race Day but results online are taking an age!! In full: Great organised race. Nice 2 lap course that goes into Luton Hoo estate. Facilities at the base were spot on (lockers, showers, free car park)
No chip time which is a suprise especially as it is a county race.
Good encouragement on way round, well marshalled, easy route to follow.
In short: Looking forward to next year already! In full: This has to be one of the best marathons I have run, out of the 25 so far. Great value for money. Nice friendly event. Would recommend camping after, as there is a barn dance in case you have not tired your legs out enough. Just brilliant. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In full: Generally a well run race with lots of enthusiastic marshals. Two niggles, one big one small......NO CHIP TIMES this year, totally unacceptable. The small one.....plastic cups for drinks , very difficult to drink from in mid stride ! Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Great scenic route that will test if you have enough hill stamina In full: I travelled from approximately 50 miles away to get to this venue. The road route was easy enough but there was a lack of race registration signs as I entered Hermon village. The entrance fee was great value and ample car parking. Not too many runners for the 10km - around 30 I think but it was a very community orientated, friendly atmosphere. Initially the run was along two laps of a field behind the old school and then asphalt roads with many down hill sections and slight rises. At around the 5km point a crippling 1:4 hill sorts you out, once over that the route was mainly off road and enjoyable. There were two water points and the 6km onwards section took you through woods, a quarry track and across two small streams. The route was well marshalled with red/white barrier tape to let you know where NOT to go. Final last km stretch was back on asphalt road. A very enjoyable route and I will do it again. I measured it at 9.6km on my Garmin watch. Date of review: July 1, 2014
In short: Hilly and Friendly In full: The whole village was involved in this event, which makes it unique enough never mind all the other wonderful things that got thrown at it - farmer's wife firing a shotgun at the start, camping, food, drink, lovely crowd etc etc. Well worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. Date of review: July 1, 2014