In short: Brilliant race, favourite one on the calendar. In full: So much thought goes into this one, loads of marshals to keep you on route and once again the friendliest around. Support from villagers and other runners is also fantastic. Organisation tip-top, even down to marking out hazards in off-road sections. Date of review: August 17, 2014
In short: Tough but well worth it :) In full: Great location, Parking was ok and marshalled. Bit of a queue for loos but plenty of trees ;) Started on time and well signposted. Really tough climbs with 1st hill the worst so it got a bit easier. Run through the icey stream tunnel was a nice touch to avoid road crossings. Didn't quite make the Sub 60min time for the coveted teeshirt but a great medal and great run.... See u next year for the Sub60 Tee !!! Now where's those practice Hills ..... Date of review: August 16, 2014
In short: One of my all time favorites In full: My first outing at this event and what a great event it was. Fast course, buttery smooth organisation at a great price. Thank you Sleaford Striders, I'll be back next year. Date of review: August 16, 2014
In short: Even better than I remembered! In full: A faster course than I thought last year - beat my ancient PB! That makes it one of my favourite races of all-time :-) . Can't fault a thing. Organisation and marshalling were spot-on. The cake, coffee and goody bag make this wonderful value. Date of review: August 16, 2014
In short: aPLUG FOR MY OWN RACE In full: Well folks another year another great race ! record entries 2014 ! Is this the only race with such good killer hills ! at the bottom The COOP Funeral Services has a nice sign ! Thanks for entering hope to see you all next year! Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: The 50K is really great for those going above marathon distance for the first time. In full: I loved running the 50K; a mix of road and trail and the hills weren't too challenging, so perfect for my first go at running more than marathon distance. There were eleven well-stocked aid stations and I found the signage was fine on the 50K. There are a number of highlights on the route - running around the outer ramparts of Old Sarum, the magnificent Longford Castle, the beautiful chalet house, the yew forest, the Racecourse and the Cathedral Close. I've worked my way up the distances over the last four years starting with the 20K in 2011 & love the fact that all the different distances, as well as walkers, are all mixed in together - it makes a really interesting event! The only slight downside I have is that the general public in the city seem to have no idea there is a race on & look at us as if we are out of our minds as we run past them. I have to shout "Make way!!" to get them to move - it would just be nice if Salisbury itself recognised the 54321 event as something to be celebrated, as it is a brilliant day for the participants and supporters. A Big Thank You to all the marshals, volunteers and Salisbury Firestation for organising this excellent event! Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: Great place to run but course markings leave everyone a little lost. In full: Have run this race 2 years running and had issues with course markings at both. Last year only 1 minor hiccup late in the race and plenty of marshalls but this year things had been changed. The course was altered but the markings were so few and far between I believe every runner in both races had an issue at some point. There were so few marshalls it was difficult to find anyone to reassure you that you were on the correct path. The run itself does take in some fantastic trails and the route certainly tests the legs (especially when dodging cows!) but I won't return to race this event again. Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: Worth running In full: Good facilities, well organised. A huge thank you to the Marshals (both young and old) who stood out in the rain and wind to smile at, clap, cheer, direct and otherwise encourage the runners. Lovely lanes and scenery - and a big thank you to those drivers who DID slow down when passing runners. Love the 0900 start. A couple of little inclines but nothing to make you lose heart. Hope to be at the starting line again next year. Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: Off to a good start! In full: This is the first time the area has had an official Half Marathon since the 80's (I think) and despite horrendous conditions and all of the teething problems you'd expect, they did a pretty good job!
The hurricane had clearly taken hold of some of the mile markers and perhaps deterred a few marshals. Directions on parts of the route were slightly unclear - but this can all easily be fixed next time around.
The start was well organised and clear, parking was plentiful and there were enough toilets based on the amount of runners.
Things got started on time and developed in to what was a beautiful run along the Essex coast, first to Clacton pier and then back along towards Frinton-on-Sea. The torrential rain clearly got to some people, for me however, this is a lovely trip out - whether rain, snow or sunshine! On the route, water stops were regular and well-stocked.
The wind is ever-present along here, so I don't think it would make for perfect PB conditions but it is reasonably flat and over a fair amount or road/tarmac.
The medal will keep silverware hunters happy and the main goody-bag contents - a banana and cookie - were just the ticket for me. I might be evicted if I add any more 'samples' to our kitchen draw!
I think the organisers and marshals should be proud of their achievement and for bringing a great event to the area. I hope they have the energy and passion to do it all again next year - I'll certainly be there.
In short: Got my Mojo Back! In full: After a year of injury and generally losing the will to live with this whole running carry on, this weekends race has restored my faith that I can actually 'enjoy' running again. Probably one of my worst 10k performances ever but the race atmosphere, organisation and route was, once again, all staged effortlessly by one of the friendliest running clubs in existence. A real 'must do' race for your calendar. Date of review: August 15, 2014
In short: 2014 review would only allow me to select 2012 In full: This is my favourite local race and I am sure if I was not a local it would still be my favourite race yes it is tough but the views and atmosphere are totally amazing read my blog here http://ianpullenrunningblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/north-downs-run-2014.html?m=1 Date of review: August 15, 2014