In short: A super day in glorious countryside In full: What a wonderful event. So well organised , great to have the 3,5 and 10 k distances . It meant there was something for everyone . Plenty of parking , room for the children to let off steam whilst they waited for parents to finish their run , friendly encouraging Marshalls and yummy cake at the finish . A run for beginners and advanced runners , one of the friendliest runs I've ever run . Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: In short, now ranked as my favorite race... why, everything was great, the marshalls, orgainisation, the secenery, tye wildlife (Deer and Birds) just stunning all round. Thank you, I will be back. :-) Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: A White Star unning convert! In full: First White Star running event I've done. Friends rave about them and I can see why - great rural course, challenging but lots of down hills and country lanes to balance it out, great atmosphere, lots of cake & sweets en route and free good quality hot food post race. Great medals when they arrive! (not the organisers' fault and a bottle of beer provided as compensation). Best of all ... the 'Love Station' (cake, free hugs from a man in a kilt and a small tot of cider!) Brilliant. Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Cute race In full: It's 3 laps for the 15k, so can be a little repeatative. But the Marshalls were absolutely great. A cold day, and they were so cheerful throughout. Bargain of a race. Great goody bag. Most people are doing the 5 and10k so the last lap is a bit lonely (if you're a plodder like me), but would def do it again. Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Good race - great for pacing In full: Part of the Human Race series. They encourage running of negative splits, and have pacers for 6 to 12 min miles. They set runners off with gaps between the pacer groups this year, which might be annoying if you don't want to be in a group, but which prevented me from going off too fast. I did the 16 mile version - there was a 20 mile option for the first time this year Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: What an excellent race lovely route and well organised In full: Almost nothing to fault this race on a fantastic route. The Top of Ivinghoe Beacon was very impressive just a shame about the visibility as the rain/mist weather just turned slightly. Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Not bad ! In full: I raced this as my second Marathon in 3 weeks after running TOkyo, so might have slight bias towards running through my favourite city! The registration and organisation at the start was good and speedy. Parking was an issue, although overflow was going onto the playing fields. The race itself was good, some mild undulating track, loose stones and some roots, be careful running as saw two women fall hard tripping on roots. Couple of things i didn't like. No spectators at all so no encouragement shouts, which usually i don't like, but there were non at all. The path is open to the public and is very busy with walkers, do walkers, bikes going quickly, other runners and also a yacht race, with hundreds of people carrying huge yachts around, and also cars coming at you, quite difficult in these areas, shame the path couldn't be closed for the race, but it's too busy a route i guess. Medal is stunning, definitely the best medal i have, on par with London Marathon medal ! :) No goody bag though, although saw them being made up at the start...maybe i was too slow to get one... decent marathon, pleasant scenery, but very busy route. Aid stations well stocked, but 5 miles apart so own water and supplies vital, no loos, just use a bush! Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Fairly Small & Low-Key, but extremely challenging too! In full: A few thoughts on the 2015 Loggerheads Trail 10k:
A fairly small field and basic but effective organisation. No chip timing, goody bags, medals etc that you would get (& pay for) at a larger race. The atmosphere was relaxed & friendly & the marshalls were supportive. Facilities were more than adequate for the size of the field. The course itself was not for the faint hearted as it included an extremely steep staircase... twice! The route was along some pretty muddy & rocky trails that some runners were struggling for grip on the steeper ups & downs. A decent pair of trail trainers was a must unless it's bone dry & you need your wits about you to avoid a tumble. This isn't really a criticism, but the pre-race communication could have made it clearer for runners unfamiliar with the route.
Overall, a good fun event, but the course shouldn't be underestimated. Date of review: March 14, 2015
In short: All round disappointment- Avoid! In full: I used the 20 miler as a training run. Registered late but told pack ready for pick up.Entries online accepted oddly after the online closing date! Alarm bells should have rung at this point. Race day, no pack at the pick up point! 20 mile race started before the 9:50 am start time!! Chip fell off at some point during the race. Nearly hit by car that should not have been allowed down to travel down a road packed with runners. Marshalling mixed quality. No food during or after the race. To top it off a medal that even Timmy Mallet would refuse to wear. All for over thirty quid. I have emailed the organisers still waiting for a reply! Date of review: March 14, 2015
In short: Mostly flat, PB potential, well organised, great for first timers In full: A scenic half marathon, but not boring at all. Would be glorious in the summer sun, had a good spring day where it turned a few times between warm and chilly.
Well organised, easy to get hold of race number and pins, though I do prefer to have the race number prior to the race for peace of mind, it was straight forward and no issues. I think there was around 630 finishers so a decent size field, not too over-crowded on the run, however the first 200 metres going around the roundabout on the school site was a little tight.
Received a good quality technical t-shirt at the end. Always a little disappointing not to get a medal, but for cost reasons I can understand it, and was still good value for money.
Easy parking at Retford Oaks School, easy to get away afterwards as well. Would need to get more toilets if the field increases any more than 650, as this could prove an issue.
Fantastic course, challenging but not unbearable, ideal for a first timer or PB hunter alike - I got a PB. Will return to another Retford half in the future! Thanks to all involved. Date of review: March 14, 2015
In short: Iconic, beautiful & hardcore In full: One of the most scenic and beautiful courses I have ever had the pleasure of running - A hard and hilly course but well worth it! A great local race in a spectacular area of Wales Date of review: March 13, 2015
In short: Disappointed In full: I was disappointed with this venue. I was expecting a bit more buzz from the grandeur of the place but the house itself is hidden from the start/finish and is not actually open until April. After the run attempted to walk to the house but was politely asked to turn around. The compere was a bit ‘over the top’. With little incentive to stay after the race, most people rushed to leave, causing a bit of a chaotic jam – but I believe this was worse than usual.