In short: Fantastic trail race In full: This event is one of the best races I have ever done. Excellent organisation and marshalling and you get the sense that they really care about us runners. 10 out of 10 Dirt Running! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Fast 10 mile race and well organised by Preston Harriers. In full: Good parking and top race HQ with well organised registration/number collection, changing rooms with showers and value for money refreshments.
Race start was well organised and majority of runners seem to start in the most appropriate place so it is easy to get into your running. Mile markers all spot on and 3 water stations on the route. Course is flat and though some say stretch down dual carriage way is boring I am ok as I look to the left if I am bored and get a nice view of the fields :)
Mainly club runners but as an unattached run I would say it is welcoming and the marshalls/orgnisers are all friendly and helpful. Great race. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: next time I will finish it ! In full: Organisation great, proper toilets, no queue.....started on time. If I am honest I hadn't appreciated it was going to be 2 loops...I personally find that mentally quite tough. I actually had to drop out at 7 miles due to pulled muscle stopping me from breathing, and I have to say, geting me a lift back to the start rather than making me walk the 2.5 miles back on my own....and the friendly marshals was much appreciated ! This is now unfinsihed business for me so I will hope to be fighting fit next year.... Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Pre-race issues, but race itself is very good In full: First time for me. Might have been the rain, or the course changes, but not a fan of the pre-race stuff. Car parking seemed chaotic, the race number pick-up very strange (some queues had loads of people, some none, but no effort made to help the long queues) and the baggage drop off and loos poorly labelled so people in the wrong place a lot. That being said, the race itself was terrific. The course is flat, fast and although slightly congested at times you don't feel hemmed in too much. And the marshalls, to a man/woman, were terrific. helpful, supportive, well placed and just generally great. And the drinks stations were perfectly placed and well run. I didn't mind the loop either as could see other runners on the far side so motivated me! That pre-race stuff really should be better, but if you want a fast and friendly Half then you should certainly give this a try. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Perfect weather, a relatively flat course but unfortunately a fairly busy, crowded pathway to run along In full: Ensure you set off early as parking was a problem, onsite car park was full and no other carpark was suggested by the marshal we were just turned away. The side roads are all permit holders only. So plan ahead. Course was fairly flat with plenty of water, energy gels and cake stations along the way. There was a rowing event on, so unfortunately the path was extremely crowded with cyclists and walkers and had people carrying boats out of the water which took up the pathway, so not a good course for a P.B time. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: A fantastic, fun course to run!! In full: A brilliant marked out course, with lots of variety of different terrain, mud sections were great fun, a very enjoyable, challenging course. Great that you had the option to run it as a relay team also. A welcoming atmosphere and fun event. The first year it had been run, and organisation needed improvements. Also falsely advertised as a marathon distance and it ended up being 20miles. Not many marshalls around the course, and could have done with a second refuelling station. Overall great on the course to run, but the 2 day festival weekend of camping, music and entertainment was a bit disappointing and didn't live up to what was advertised. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Excellent trail race - but hard work! In full: The race is brutally hard - three massive hills and some technical, muddy and slippy terrain at times. But this doesn't detract from what was a beautiful and varied course. I actually enjoyed the 'undulations' - it removed some of the pressure of a road marathon and wanting to hit consistent splits. The marshalls were exceptionally friendly and the checkpoints had good food and drink options. It was, on the whole, well signed, although there were a couple of occasions of looking around for a sign. The white background tends to blend in on an overcast day - perhaps a pink background and white arrow would be more visible.
If you want to do a hassle free marathon in glorious surroundings then I couldn't recommend this enough. I feel proud to have finished what was a very hard race! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Absolutely awesome. In full: Cannot fault this event, the toughest thing I have ever done, makes my ironman finishes feel like a walk in the park. This is seriously tough- mentally and physically but worth the effort. The organisation is second to none, amazing support, amazing atmosphere, great event. The course itself is challenging, weather is challenging but that's the point, run this event, you will not be disappointed. Well done to Phil and his family for organising the best event I've ever ran. Date of review: November 17, 2014