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.
In short: Great local 20 miler In full: I really enjoyed this. Having run Oakley & Ashby 20s last year I found this a much easier course - more interesting and definitely flatter (the last hill at 19 miles is only short, and it is the only one on an otherwise very flat course) Great pre-run facilities in the Xscape building - couldn't fault it, or the parking. found the bit where we joined the half runners a bit tricky as they were slower than us for the first couple of miles so had to do a lot of weaving but it finally evened out. My only gripes were the same as everyone else's - medal looked a bit cheap and NO FOOD AFTER 20 MILES is not on! Even some jelly babies would have done! For nearly £30 I'd at least expect a banana! Other than that I thought it was great and will be back again next year! Date of review: March 13, 2015
In short: It must be good - I do it every year In full: I always have a soft spot of this race - friendly, great challenge, great scenery. And the weather is always good. Except when it snowed! But then it was just prettier. Thanks Dr Rob Date of review: March 13, 2015
In short: Gets better year on year! In full: Have done the Retford half a few times now and each year it gets better. The organisation and atmosphere improve and I always look forward to the opening date to sign up again - roll in 2016! Date of review: March 13, 2015
In short: Stevie Wonder running In full: The course was 0.2 Km too long although that might age been runner error. For a good quarter of each lap I was running in ear darkness so could well have gone the wrong way. This needs to be addressed. Furthermore I nearly wiped out a couple of slower runners who I couldn't see in the dark. Date of review: March 13, 2015
In short: A great spring marathon warm up In full: Great atmosphere, fantastic Marshalls and great organisation turned a race I was dreading into a race that I will definitely be doing again. Date of review: March 12, 2015
In short: Good organisation, nice route. In full: Bag drop was fine early on (when I needed it) but the queues got pretty big nearer the start time (though no worse than The Great South Run). Apart from that everything went off smoothly. Date of review: March 12, 2015
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race In full: My third in a row running of this race, where the icy winds were a real contrast with last years much warmer conditions.
A pity that the Leisure Centre was still unavailable, due to renovations etc. but the Organisers did a good job using the fire station for number collection, changing etc. The men's urinal in a large green portaloo was a good idea, as it helped keep the long queue down to reasonable proportions.
A very enjoyable race, with nice scenery and only a couple of minor hills. Well marshalled and no problems at the water stations.
Very pleased with the excellent technical t shirt at the finish. I definitely hope to be back next year, when I will be in the 70 age category and attempting to get a prize. Date of review: March 12, 2015
In short: You should do this race! In full: Fantastic atmosphere, fantastic entertainment on route. You don't know what's going on the 1st time, but you certainly will go back for more! I'll be running my 3rd in 2016. Date of review: March 11, 2015
In short: Entry Foul Up In full: Registered on line and when no race pack arrived by Friday before the race called organisers who told me I wasn't entered. Asked for a refund but not heard back from email 3 days later. Shambles lucky Roding Valley 1/2 accepted last minute entries. Date of review: March 11, 2015
In short: Smashing! In full: I live nearby so run parts of the route regularly, and it was great to run it with thousands of others. This was the first time I didn't have to queue for a urinal! There were hundreds! On the flip side, the queue for Bag Drop was terrible. I ended up leaving my bag with a friend. I will be doing it again, mostly because I smashed my PB! Pretty flat, and lots of supportive crowds. Date of review: March 11, 2015
In short: Great Sunday morning countryside run with 3000 others In full: Second year of this event - and my second year running. Almost a different race: the rough edges on the start were worked out. The route felt much more rural than last year, but was better overall. As others have said, more support would be great, but there were 4ish bands en-route that did add to the atmosphere. If my legs didn't ache so much still from a PB, I would be signing up for next year! Date of review: March 11, 2015