In short: Superb challenging race In full: Another great Gibbet Challenge - always surprised this doesn't attract more runners... you'd have thought the free beer (Two Cocks Viscount - yum) would cancel out the climbs! Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: FAB FAB FAB FAB In full: Loved this race. Yes it was hilly, yes it was challenging, yes it hurt at times but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The marshalls were absolutely fantastic and the sweepers were encouraging and friendly, which I know as I ran majority of the race with. Fingers crossed it is on next year. Date of review: July 2, 2015
In short: Challenging road race with a bit of off road thrown in In full: Great turnout of 150 for a first time race (although it was replacing another race). Quick and easy registration on day or could sign up in advance online. Well organised. Run on open country roads but no issues with the few vehicles that did pass and pretty much every runner called out to warn those behind / in front of oncoming vehicles. Although mostly an out and back, the mile loop at the end seemed to ensure there weren't runners on both sides of the road.
A steady 1.5 mile incline to start before a couple of short downhill sections. A steeper climb towards the 3 mile mark and then a short section of off road before a sharp downhill and back along the same roads. Those small downhill sections on the way out felt a lot steeper and longer on the way back. The final 1.5 miles all downhill was nice.
Forecast to be really warm and humid day so organisers put in an extra water station which meant because you passed them on the way back, there were 4 opportunities to get a drink in a 6.6 mile race.
If it was closer to home I would definitely do again which is why I only put 'Maybe'. Great race. Date of review: July 2, 2015
In short: My first trail marathon In full: A most enjoyable day out. Much more fun than I expected. My third marathon and first off road. Very informative race build up on social media. Great race start in tiny Dorset village with lady on horse starting race with trumpet Then very big hills for the next 27 miles. Super aid stations and great support from the marshals and spectators. Food at the finish was lovely as was the amazing medal Buff and tshirt. We went to the free barn dance and managed somehow to dance on tired legs and sore feet The best race I have ever done. We will return for more fun Date of review: July 2, 2015
In short: The dogs dangleys In full: What a cracker of a run, scenery, marshals, tea, cake, goodie bag, medal, t shirt, massage, water stations every 3 miles, some in remote places, must take an army of people to sort all that out and what great organisation, like clockwork, loving the the red theme, will be back for sure, Date of review: July 1, 2015
In short: Fantastic race, will be back for a third time next year In full: I love this race. Brilliantly organised with a lovely atmosphere. It's a challenging course however the support around the scenic course is amazing. Brilliant aid stations, fully stocked with goodies and a great medal and t shirt at the end of the race. Right up there in my list of my favorite races. Date of review: July 1, 2015
In short: Just do it- awesome, inclusive, caters for all levels of runner In full: Soooooooo much fun, I don't have enough superlatives for this event. Fantastic organisation, friendly and responsive organisers, fellow runners, marshals. Great attention to details everything from jelly babies in abundance to really superior bling. Love that it's a run where it's OK to walk and chat for part of it which makes it really social. Also, completely brilliant that the way it's set up means you can take part whether you are an elite runner at the top of your game or someone like me who just enjoys doing it badly and being part of the occasion. Awesome. For me, the only event run I've done where I've consciously enjoyed it at the time of running as opposed to in the smug glow afterwards. Lovely route, fabulous views, shows off Sheffield at it's best. The hills are pretty challenging, but because of the way it's split into sections, it all feels - and is - doable, especially because the friendly supportive atmosphere will help to get you round. Can't wait for next year. Thanks. Date of review: July 1, 2015
In short: Most enjoyable race in years! Had it all; scenery, great organisation, friendly atmosphere, hills and great medal and facilities at the finish. See you again next year! Date of review: July 1, 2015