In short: Great day out In full: Thanks to Clowne roadrunners and the marshals for another great race. Brilliant goodie bag especially the packet of pikelets! Not sure but the course seems longer and more hillier every year, still my favourite half marathon though. Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Chaotic organisation. In full: We were left hanging around in temperatures marginally over freezing for almost half an hour while the under staffed organisers handed out numbers. There was no communication from race control about when the race would start. Very poor. Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Gorgeous leg-buster In full: Thanks to all organisers and marshalls for a superb event. My first ever organised race and what a place to start! Loved every steep, muddy, good-natured minute of it. Go on, give it a go next year if you haven't before, just be sure to train accordingly. Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Mud, sweat, tears of joy In full: Loved the circuit. I did the ultra 10k, quite tough enough for me! A beautiful setting with stunning views and a pretty village, enclosed paths and open fields. All facilities admirable, and interesting to get a look at a weighing room and other racecourse features. With half a furlong to go I even managed a sprint. One of the best medals ever and generous refreshments even allowing for the highest entry fee. Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Hilly but fun In full: This was my first HM. A wise choice in terms of the scenery, the friendliness and the organisation. Not so wise in terms of the hilliness. I'll definitely do it again next year though. There was one marshall who actually whooped at about 12m - not sure how she managed to keep up her enthusiasm but I really appreciated it!
In short: A nice cross country 10K with some games thrown in the middle In full: Good organisation coupled with very friendly atmosphere always makes for a cracking event. The organisers were smart enough to release runners in waves, as there were plenty of pinch points and the trail sections cut up pretty quickly. The route was well signposted, and there were marshals at any tricky points. The obstacles were a nice break from what was otherwise an out-and-back 10K. As for stash, the event came with a T-shirt and medal.
A brilliant race topped off by bacon sandwiches and a hot drink back at the race HQ! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: A great tour of some glorious countryside In full: Challenging route with a very hilly and muddy start. Some great views and lovely countryside. Very friendly marshals. A very positive and relaxed atmosphere to the run Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: A well organised and friendly run! In full: This is a local one to us, so it seemed like a good one for our first ever HM. It was tougher than expected (the inclines in miles 9 and 10 were a killer)! But it was fun, well organised and friendly - would definitely recommend it (and we'll probably do it again next year)! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Great quirky event In full: This was my first off road race and what a race it was. The hills were killer but there was beautiful views and great support to get you through. It's a small event with a clubby feel; national anthem at the start and all! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Nice race, horrible course In full: Have run this twice now, and i'm impressed by the organisation and number of marshals / helpers on the day. Some points of feedback though: - Nobody could hear the briefing before the start as the megaphone wasn't loud enough - The course - it's really horrible - constantly crossing roads, through tight turns by the subways, lots of street obstacles, such as low bollards on the course or overhanging trees and hedges on the pavements. Pavements are rubbish to run on anyway. If you can improve 1 thing for next year, please try and find a route that is nice to run round, even if this takes in more off-road or more hills!
That said, the start and finish on the running track is great, and a good goody bag is always welcome (although would've loved something to eat, banana or mars bar maybe?). Good facilities and easy registration process too. Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Nice little race In full: My 2nd time on this event. Not great on scenery but a well organized, fun and friendly event. Very well marshalled, nice course, well supported by local runners, good for beginners and those looking for a PB. Will do again next year! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Brilliant off road hilly race with amazing scenery and great organisation In full: I've run all 5 of these races and will be booking my 6th as soon as the entries are open. Very well organised and the double loop and switch-back make for good interaction and banter with other runners, supporters and marshalls Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Only 2 people checking people in!!!! In full: Freezing temperatures and only two people doing entries while others pointlessly stood around, queues 100m long, because of this the race was over 30 minutes delayed, never again! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Nice course any climbs were quite short and not steep. Mainly road running with small section off road. In full: Town centre start which is nice and flat few small but not steep climbs come between miles 1-3 while on University campus. From turn point slight off road section which was a little damp but manageable. Run through campus not too twisty plenty of straight sections and lots of room to overtake. Only saw one person opt to take on water from an unmanned water station at about the mid point, would have been nice if this was manned although it may have just been this way at the time I went past. Plenty of stewards out who offered lots of encouragement and a few supporters along the course. Flat course, good for first timers and definitely has pb potential. Date of review: November 22, 2015