In short: good, well organised race although questions over the 10K distance In full: I did this race year when it was nearly 30 degrees, so the weather already made it feel better. The course itself is average with runs along main roads and housing estates, although there is a nice shaded 1K near the end which was nice. Organisation was good, and the goodie bag was nice at felt about right for the reasonable entry fee. There were also other activities going on to make it more like a family day. The only problem I have is to whether the course is actually 10K? I've spoken to three other people and each of them smashed a new PB, which seems unlikely given the undulating nature in places. Also all of our GPS had the course short by around 250m-300m. I know GPS is not that precise, but for that much of a discrepancy across different brands makes me suspicious. The organisers did say it had been measured with a surveyor wheel, but the lack of a certification means I have to take it with a pinch of salt. If you could get the course certified for next year that would definitely encourage me to run again. Date of review: July 18, 2014
In short: Not a serious race, but still fun In full: The website to book this race was poor and no route was available. On the day the rotary volunteers were helpful but a little clueless still about anything meaningful about numbers, route etc. Lovely rousing warm-up and details of the charity implications of the run for mens cancer charities and many people running were first timers or part of a local health initiative. We came for a 5k fast race, but it was very short. Measured 2.71miles on my garmin, and I was gutted as it would have been a 5k PB for me had it been 5k! No recording of results or times given. The guy and girl who won just got the same goody bag as everyone else (mars bar, biscuit, water, medal).It was basically a fun run and not a serious event, but having said that the atmosphere was pretty nice and we still had a nice time despite the disappointment at not having raced as planned. Great event for first timers or families, not so for serious racers. Date of review: July 18, 2014
In short: THAT'S the way to do it! In full: If I wanted to organising my own marathon I sit down and spend ages thinking about what would make it great. I'd speak to lot's of my friends and be willing to spend an extraordinary amount of time making sure every tiny detail was perfect.
Then I'd tear up all my plans and give the guys at White Star Running a call so they could do the job properly!
The Giants Head Marathon was one of those events where pretty much everything significantly exceeded my best expectations.
It's not just a race organised by runners that clearly love running but one organised by runners that particularly love to have fun whilst running!
The post race barn dance/beerfest was a revelation, instead of sharing a few miles with someone never to see them again, it provided the perfect opportunity to catch up and consolidate the sense of camaraderie.
I've no doubt that this (and other WSR events) will feature as highlights on my race calendar for many years to come.
In short: Brilliant race from start to finish. Last 2k a challenge but that’s what makes ‘the sting’ so unique! In full: Everything about this race is great, from the organisation, support of the town, marshals on the course, atmosphere and goody bags. The first 8k takes you out of the town and through woodland, Nettleton Park and back along the A46. The last 2k poses the challenge but with lots to see through the town centre and loads of support on the hills it’s soon over and the cheering crowds in the market place make it worth your while. Running through the market place for the first time is enough to keep you going – brilliant atmosphere. Well done to all involved. Date of review: July 18, 2014
In short: Nice day out with a very good crowd In full: I did this in a Spidey morphsuit so I was grateful the weather wasn't too hot, as for scenery I couldn't really see much but I know Manchester pretty well anyway.The crowd and atmosphere was great and I think I made a few people smile which is always a bonus.
The staff there were pretty much spot on and I have no complaints at all.
The finish was really cool, coming into the stadium I got quite a cheer and had enough left to sprint full pelt to the line.
I do wish there were more photographers on duty but that's a minor grape.
in all, I'd say it's a definite 2015 date for me. Date of review: July 18, 2014
In short: Attention to detail, atmosphere, challenge, support and achievement in bucketloads! You have to do this! In full: Once again race organisers & town partners produce a brilliant whole town event where runners can take on the 'Sting'. Party atmosphere with the whole town buzzing and out to support both in town and along the route.Superb martials, a route to take your breath away, literally, and a finish like no other.Even our 'recent runners' were up for the challenge, and did very well, so its not just for the elite. Congratulations to race organisers for arrangements pre and post race which seem to go like clockwork. A great team effort, great race, and in spite of the heat, some great performances. What more could you ask? Agree with water bottles rather than cups, even at increased cost, as I slopped mine down me, although it did cool me instead. For anyone wanting to do a 10k 'with attitude', and those who really want to get the most enjoyment(some would say 'fun') out of their running, this race is a MUST for next year. Date of review: July 18, 2014
In short: Very poorly organised In full: Such a shame, for a "fun run" there wasn't much fun, nothing for kids, no BBQ, no Beer tent, very poorly marshaled, to the point of having to stop and ask for directions. The route is actually a very good challenging XC course, and they could make this a very popular event, but it seems that it's just a money making venture. Date of review: July 18, 2014
In short: Most fun we have had in a race. In full: My first trail marathon. Simply the best organised race I have ever done, great communication from organisers, lots of pre race build up. Camping was laid on but we drove down on the day, we will camp next year as it looked great fun. Races started by a Lady in tweed with a shotgun. First hill was within half a mile after that a relentless series of climbs. The scenery is absolutely stunning. Water stations were fantastic including a cider station. The downhill finish onto the village green was a lovely touch, the whole village and all the runners stayed to cheer us in. Good food post race and an icecream Nice technical shirt and a super medal. A race every runner should do at least once. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Hills.friendly,scenic,painful in parts.. In full: Loved this run and had to walk due to injury two days before really lovely club and v scenic but feel sheer. Umbels and one person only in parts on the oaths through the fields an issue with number of entrants so PB unlikely Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Scenic well organised race In full: After a few years break, I enjoyed this race. There is a mix of heath and forest so there was a bit of shade on a hot day. Conditions underfoot were good with gravel paths and some quiet roads. Race is well organised and it was great to see the kids races beforehand. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Perfect: very challenging fun and friendly run - EPIC In full: This run was genuinely EPIC. Amazing atmosphere, awesome food, stunning village that made it hard to leave, friendly faces. I thought it was going to be really intense and hard but this is actually a great marathon to do if you are a chilled out runner as the course is so difficult I didn't feel the need to blast my way round. I had the time to really enjoy the scenery and ambience as well as eating my way through the amazing food stops :) I am still recovering - which really does show how tough this race is but so worth it for the memories of achieving something truly epic. I would also have thought a great marathon to do if you are thinking of stepping up to an ultra but not quite sure you could handle it! This marathon would make you much more confident with your abilties as a runner. THANK YOU SO MUCH and we will be back again next year!! Holly :-) Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race, but too hot on the day. In full: This is my favourite mixed terrain race and the 22nd time I have run it.
The organisation, as usual was excellent, with ample parking, plenty of toilets, enthusiastic marshalls and a nice scenic, virtually traffic free course. The water stations were well positioned and manned. and plenty of water and orange at the finish.
It was very hot, as usual, but thankfully not as hot as last year. I was 8 minutes quicker which either means I was fitter, or had become acclimatised to hotter conditions. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In full: Very nice route with plenty of variety and no hills, particularly enjoyed belting through Gloucester town centre on a Sunday morning! Marshalls/organisation v good. V good useful tech tee and nice medal. Was going to put something about absence of loos but this seems to have been fault of suppliers not organisers so I'll let them off! All in all a cracking morning out and a PB for me! G10k definitely on my fixture list for next year :-) Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Most enjoyable although tough In full: We used this race as long run before a trail race the next week. Very hard. Well organised with a fine spirit amongst the runners Most enjoyable and will enter again next year. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Great organisation and good route In full: I was looking for a race as a follow up to a half marathon from the weekend before, and as i live five mins from the City ground this one was perfect. The event was slickly organised and a great venue for the start, once it left sports city it got a bit boring. It was very disheartening seeing the elite man leading the race coming back onto the main road as we hit 3k and he was at 4.5 at about 13 mins. Good route though and great to see so many different people taking part. Nice little goody bag with a medal & T'shirt. Would certainly do this again and recommend as a race worth doing. Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant organisation, lovely family atmosphere In full: Really cant fault this event! Well done Lymm Runners on a real fun event, great atmosphere, lovely course that was a challenge but not too much of one. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: Pleasant with some challenging hills In full: For the race itself, not much more to add to the reviews already posted. Up and down course, scenic and well organised. Rather humid so not super fast, but compared to the furnace that was last year and the fact it it July, conditions for running weren't too bad!
Only thing I want to add is that unfortunately numbers were well down this year, almost by half. Much of this I think was due to the fact that although he race started at 9am, the earliest train from central London didn't arrive until 8.35am. With a 15-20 minute walk to the start from the station, plus the fact you needed to pick up your race number from the venue, travelling by train would not have been a practical option for most people. I realise that this problem arose from SouthEastern Trains pulling their usual nonsense of never ending weekend engineering works over the summer months and can't be blamed on the race organisers as such. I caught the train last year which had a good crowd of runners on it heading to Dartford. Therefore I can assume that a lot of people would have been put off this year (I don't live too far away so was able to find a bus alternative - took a lot longer though). I'm not sure how much the organisers were aware of this, maybe they knew and I'm just stating the obvious! However if they had been able to push the start back a bit, even if just by 30 minutes then the race would have remained a viable option for a much larger group of people.