In short: Good organisation, undulating, not flat In full: What would have been a very nice run was made challenging by the 21C heat. Lots of parklands and excellent support / enccouragement from locals. However, the 2nd half of the race did seem quite undulating - I train (up to 22 miles) with 3 x Grade 5 climbs and this race ended up being not far short of that (in terms of overall climbing). However, I'm sure it felt alot worse than it should have as a result of the weather. Woudl I do it again - yes, if the wife allows me... Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Good, fun race in & around Abbey Park In full: First time I've run this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Relaxed atmosphere, enjoyed the multi lap aspect. Marshalls were great and free parking at the Space Centre! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Fast, flat 10k - great value as well. In full: I have run the Silverstone HM a number of times, but this was my first time at the 10k. The event was organised very well, and the course offers real PB potential in the right conditions. I don't believe the hype about the race being long - do some runners genuinely believe that their GPS watches are more accurate and reliable than the UKA Certificate of Course Accuracy??!! I once clocked 27 miles at the London Marathon, maybe they have got the distance wrong at that event as well? Well done to Silston, this was a fantastic event. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Great family day In full: All round excellent family day. My wife and 5 year old daughter completed the 2k fun run before the main race. First time for my daughter who loved every minute of it. Main race was very well organised. The minster start point was a great focal point. The spectators really got behind the runners during the first mile through the town. The climb by side of Westwood was a nice challenge, then the last two miles was very a very quick down hill before re- entering the town for the home straight. This end part if the race was great, crowd really pushed you in to a strong finish. Fruit at the end was a good idea. Race HQ and parking was very well organised. Will definitely run next year! Well done to the team that organised it! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Good local 10k race In full: This was my first 10k race. Entry was via a simple online form which was painless to go through and price is very reasonable and in line with a local race. The race is run from Eye Primary School and was organised well.
The route itself is fairly scenic and the marshalls are quite encouraging clapping and saying well done. It is somewhat "clubby" and not really geared to the beginner - that being said it attracts around 500 runners. Speed it pretty quick with the median runner completed the race in 49 mins.
No medal is available but a "momento" which is a beer with the event date.
In short: Excellent. In full: Well organised event with plenty of support. Convenient car parking, adequate facilities at the leisure centre. Numerous drinks stations, excellently marshalled course, and the best goody bag I've received. I thought the only real drawback was some tough inclines on the course.
In short: My first marathon made special by great organisation and turnout In full: This was my first marathon after five half-marathons, and did I find it tough! despite reasonable training, I found the undulations quite difficult as I couldn't get a rythmn. Unlike my two training routes which are both relatively flat, with moderate inclines on path and road, this was more bridleway and mudtrack on gentle but continuous rolling hills. The organisation was fantastic, as were the crowds, I have never been so excited to see wet sponges! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: A challenging run and not one for a PB but all in all worth a go. In full: I was a little apprehensive about entering this run after seeing there are severe hills as I'm not one for hills really. The entry fee was great especially as you get entry into the Zoo afterwards which made for a good day. I was disappointed to find the water stations all had cups of water, really hard to drink from and run, but I loved the additional jelly babies on offer around the course. I was a little disappointed with the medal as it bears no resemblance to the zoo really, apart from the lanyard it could be from any race. I would loved to have seen the Marwell logo on the medal and maybe the year on there, certainly room for improvement. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: 2nd time at this superb run set in amazing Peak District scenery ...faultless! In full: This run got me started having promised the organisers to take part in the 2012 race. I was hooked determined to return to beat my PB. This years race was even bigger and better but retained the slick orgainisation and real friendly feel set by the 2012 curtain raiser! The course is described as undulating and true to form the 1st 1k is steadily up hill but then levels off and if you lift your head to look around the scenery is quite stunning for the next 2-5k. This combined with the vocal support of the marshalls including one bloke prepared to douse you in water at the water station and another playing pounding rock music spurs you on to the second climb through the picture postcard village of Dethick. One last short incline before the rapturous welcome on the finishing funnel.Medals and more importantly cakes and hot drinks with goody bags for all ! Many of the runners stayed on to watch the family 5k race finish and eat one or five of the hotdogs/burgers from the excellent BBQ. The atmosphere in the tea tent as the oldest runner aged 84 came across the line was worth the entry fee in itself! I cannot recommend this run highly enough for serious runners ,families and fun runners alike. See you again in 2014! Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Victim of it's own success? In full: I've ran this race 7 times, inc this one. The 1st 5 were brilliant, but since they increased the entrance levels last year, for me it's ruined it. The Stadium RIP, can't cope with that many people at the start and the 1st mile was a pain. Having said that though, the atmosphere was amazing (as it always is) and the course is brilliant. Interesting to see what happens next year, but in a competitive month for half marathons, I may look elsewhere. Date of review: May 13, 2013