In short: Fairy hard, very scenic ultra; primarily on tarmac In full: Starting inside Carlisle Castle at 7am on a dull, wet day; it really wasn't clear what we had let ourselves in for. 69 miles is going to be a long day at any speed, but eventually the weather cleared and as we gained height the scenery improved. The race attracts a fair proportion of less experienced runners and the generous cut-off times and overnight support allow for this. However, more frequent support stations would be beneficial, especially on a hot day - there were only 4 "pit-stops" with food and sufficient water to refill bottles, an extra 6 "checkpoints" only had sweets and very limited water. The organiser's marketing indicates that is is a multi-terrain event, however it is primarily tarmac (road, cycle-path and pavement) with a few stretches of farm track, a couple of fields and wooded paths. This caught out several competitors who had worn thin, grippy trail shoes. Cushioning should be chosen over grip. It's a friendly event, a lot of novices and a keen support team help to provide much-needed camaraderie. Running into Newcastle on Saturday night just as the party is getting going is an up-lifting way to finish and contrasted with the wild countryside earlier. In summary: well organised (but needed more support stops), glorious scenery and atmosphere, surface is primarily tarmac, very expensive (but justified if you are going to be out all night). Date of review: July 1, 2015
In short: Absolutely hoofin race. In full: All the accolades are well deserved. Marshals, supports staff, local community, race organisers, surroundings and the love station are beyond comparison. Justifiably the best marathon in the UK. Date of review: July 1, 2015
In short: Sheffield's finest! In full: Brilliant event - extremely well organised,clear information,fantastic route,lovely marshals, friendly, good fun, instant results, great photos,blingy medal,worth every penny. Date of review: July 1, 2015
In short: Amazing race - my absolute favourite! Not to be missed! In full: Fantastic event every year. Superb organisation and friendly marshals and support throughout. A tough but beautiful course that is not to be missed if you enjoy trail running! Home made cakes at the end for runners make all the hard work worthwhile!!!!! Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Challenging but beginner friendly and sociable trail run on a scenic route. One not to miss. In full: My second year of running this race and it won't be the last. The unusual format with timed running and untimed recovery sections (slow walking pace allowed for) means the race is broken into manageable chunks and even the challenging hills are bearable. The course shows off some of Sheffield's finest scenery and the staggered start and great mix of serious club and social runners made it a really sociable atmosphere and a great advert for running. The great race medal, free race photos (voluntary donation to local cancer hospital requested), friendly marshals and excellent organisation mean it is a race not to be missed. I can't wait for next year! Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Second time I've run it and won't be the last In full: Fun, sociable, yet challenging race with amazing scenery taking in some of the best parts of sheffield. It's unique style is fantastic. A must for 2016 Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Who knew there were so many trails so near the city centre! In full: My friend and I ran as a pair in this wonderful race! 11 timed "stages" with easy links between, it was a really well organised, friendly race with great marshals, and well stocked feed stations. Another innovation is the free photos supplied by a team of very good photographers, with a Justgiving page for a charity donation. Given the appalling charges some of the "bigger" races charge for their photos this is a welcome change! Roll on next year! Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Thanks to the wet but cheery marshals In full: It was a shame about the damp day, but far worse for the marshals and organisers than us runners. The course was well marked and marshals were very upbeat and motivating throughout. A cheerful crowd and pacers too. Trail race as advertised and some of the rocky bits were slippy with the rain but plenty of reminders, so no complaints.
A tough workout but enjoyed it! Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: Another great race from hermes running In full: This was the second time this year I've ran this half marathon, everyone has to do this race at least once. Brilliant course really tough in place's. I would recommend all hermes running events especially the Thames meander brilliant race, great medal, great views of the Thames. Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: A must do In full: This event really caught my attention when I saw it advertised and so became my 'must do' event of the year. It did not disappoint. Great course, great scenery, excellent organisation, extremely friendly marshals, and the novel enduro format added a lovely sociable feel to the event. If you haven't done it, do it. If you thought about doing it but didn't, do it. And if you have done it, well, you know you'll be doing it again. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 30, 2015
In short: It just gets better ... In full: Having done GHM in it's inaugural year and loved every minute, I decided to go back again this year, and take in the whole weekend camping experience too.
Was not to be disappointed with yet another memorable weekend courtesy of White Star Running.
Brilliant (and respectfully quiet late on) campsite and facilities for those arriving on the Friday.
The race was everything you have come to expect from WhiteStar, brutally tough hills, views that would make Julie Andrews burst in to song, aid stations stocked to overflowing with everything you could need (and more) and staffed by fantastically enthusiastic volunteers, and of course not forgetting the inimitable White Star stamp of a slight quirkiness. (a start line wedding proposal, some somewhat unorthodox signage to keep spirits up).
It was more like a day out with friends than a race, and if those running with you weren't old friends, they were within 50 yards of one of the hills.