In short: Madness and Fun In full: My first relay and couldnt of picked a better one. Great atmosphere and very well organised. I went as a team of 4 to see how many rounds we could do as a team......a few dropped out after a few hours so i was left to go solo. Many were in fancy dress as the theme of farmyard animals and some others were running to get a PB or just to see how many miles they could do. Everyone was very supportive and praised everyone achievement. If its your first relay...give this one a go, you wont regret it and youll have a blast. If you have done them before this would be a great race to do to get new PB.
Bring the family and camp over. There is an additional fun run the following day with another chance to earn yourself a fantastic medal. Dancing, fancy dress, shoe hunting and a 4k mini race with a couple of obstacles and your running the "Chaos" race.
Such a great fun atmosphere the whole weekend. You must book for 2017!! See you there Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Great organisation - brilliant route In full: This was the longest I have run and a brilliant race. So well organised, excellent scenery and generous goody-bag and T-shirt/ medal. Thank you Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Excellent organisation, support and friendliness. Perfect for a first time marathon In full: This was a lovely scenic route, lots of support through the villages, not so much in numbers but definitely in quality, with music, jelly babies and encouragement etc. Marshalls, water/ gel stations were frequent, well placed and very friendly. The race angels at the last hill were brilliant. A great idea. There a few small hills but a PB is there for the taking. My 5th marathon and the best and easily tops London. Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Great race, but could be some minor improvements In full: I really enjoyed this run and being a horse racing fan I was really excited to run by the grand national course. The route is flat and would have had great PB potential if it wasn't for the narrow path in the first KM.
I started towards the middle-front based on my best guess on where other runners of my ability would be (45min time). However, there were a lot of slower runners who started near the front and caused problems trying to pass them. I couldn't get into any sort of rhythm for the first KM and had to take to the grass. The path was far too narrow for over 1000 runners. I would suggest starting the race by the front of the stands if at all possible, as it was much wider there and would allow for a much better start.
As mentioned in another review, some idiot parked on the course and caused a delay to the start. That may be something the organisers want to try and avoid in future.
Having said all that, I would definitely recommend and i'm sure I will return next year. Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Awesome organisation and fanstastic support out in the villages In full: Organisation spot on, cannot be improved in anyway - well they could pay me to enter I suppose! A slightly undulating course, with clear opportunity to put head down and speed away on nice flat or at times downward stretches. Joy to run through all the villages, the support here whilst small in number is loud in volume and atmosphere. Marathon number 24 for me, a PB and clearly the best 'large scale' race about - forget London and the others. Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Fantastic In full: Great race by WSR taken well care of on the course proper food at the love station manned by fantastic marshals Great support by the other runners something you do not get at many of the bigger races even the rain did not put a damper on the occasion singed up for next year already Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Whitestar at it's best! In full: Another addition to the Whitestar Running event list this really does cater for the majority. 12 Hours to do 1 7km lap or as many as you like. The Whitestar team really do know how to run a race,forgive the pun! There events are so much more than running. Met some great people and made some amazing friends. Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: AMAZING VENUE AND FRIENDLY RACE TOO! In full: I ran this race in 2015 and in 2916 and it just keeps getting better and better. There isn't many races where you get to run around the Grand National course! Highly recommended as its flat, fast, has a great Athlete Village with lots to do before and after the race and a Toddler Trot for Under 8's! Date of review: October 7, 2016
In short: Course great, organisation poor In full: The race course itself is lovely, nice mix of up and down, good scenery and views. The organisation was inept. It took half an hour of queuing on the road outside to even park and the arch labelled 'Start' was actually the finish. The website says 'no mud' whereas in fact the section along the Hogs Back is along a track/bridle way which was muddy and involved avoiding running through puddles. Do not wear your best road shoes. Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: Ok if you are in the area In full: This is worth doing if you are local but not worth a trip. The organisation was poor - the queue to drop bags was, like in 2015, so long that it was touch and go whether people made the start. The person commentating before the start kept spouting inanities. The race itself was a better route that in 2015 but all we got at the end was a banana and a medal. The 'special'race head band/scarf is best put straight in the recycling. Summary: the run is enjoyable but the organisation is inept and clearly focussed on profit Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: Great race, fantastic organisation In full: Really nice mixture of town and countryside, some countryside sections a bit boring but great views and pretty villages in other places. The final section along the river Dee is very memorable. Not flat as a few short hills but perfecly manageable. The organisation is outstanding with plenty of water, gels and lots of wonderful marshalls. Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: Loved it. In full: 2016, not 15. Fantastic low key race. Hard course but on the upside once you ve done the first lap you know what s coming round again. Friendly atmosphere, no frills event. Definitely back next year. Once you ve done it you want to go back and run it better. Just remember you set off with the half marathoners as well so try and put the breaks on a bit. I d recommend a reccie. Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: Highly rated, challenging but very well supported and well attended In full: Well attended, extremely well supported, good sponsors, challenging course but scenic. I will be back next year! Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: Very well organised, great atmosphere (glorious weather !) In full: Excellent comms, logistics and race-day support, it all seemed to run like clockwork. Lots of friendly volunteers and locals providing encouragement en route and there are some quieter, more remote sections between the villages. From what I could see, everybody enjoyed it. Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: al marathon, proud that this is in my home town and it deserves to be a lot bigger! In full: The race is superbly organised by a very dedicated core team. A lovely course which takes in the old town centre of Hull, the beautiful East park area and of course the mighty Humber bridge ! With next year being a big one for Hull with the City of culture I can't wait to run it again : ). Date of review: October 6, 2016
In short: Most runner-friendly of the six marathons I've run in 3 different countries In full: I absolutely LOVED this race! From a runner's perspective it's excellent. Easy to access, starts and finishes at the same location so no worries about logistics, plenty of toilets (a huge bonus!), nice size of field, great goodie bag, and lovely course. The excellent 4hr pacers helped me to a PB - yay! They were so friendly, supportive and encouraging, even sharing their snacks with us. Could not have had a better day. Thank you so much to all involved. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: My favourite race through the closed roads and parks of Ealing In full: What can I say...I love this race and have run all 5. It doesn't surprise me that it has won the award for best half 3 years running as the organisation is faultless and the race is clearly run by runners for runners. What makes it special though is the community feel...from the vicars handing out water (all the churches on route are water stations), to the annual street party at mile 5 (where residents make the most of being on a closed road), to impromptu bands and teen djs in front gardens, to locals supporting in pjs with cups of tea!. The course is definitely undulating, but that means plenty of downhills too and the atmosphere for the last km as you run back into the park to the finish always makes me feel like a celebrity! I'll be entering for 2017 as soon as entries open. This is definitely a race not to be missed.