In short: Start and finish in pretty village location, with a great atmosphere In full: The organisation of this race was very good. From entry to the facilities on the day, it was really seamless. The course is challenging, particularly because it is hilly, but the location is wonderful. Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: A great course only a little let down by challenging navigation at times In full: Very nice course, great check points. Thanks to lots of local participants I didn't get lost too much until darkness. Maps and instructions are useless for navigation, make sure you have a GPS or navigation App, especially late in the day. Definitively take the first start on a warm day like this year! Good for a first 100k if you got navigation sorted. Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Superb event for everyone In full: A triumph for a first time race. Great course, great organisation, fantastic atmosphere and a cracking medal . Definitely one to do again. You are going to need a bigger field! (and I don't mean an entry field...) Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: A new favourite! In full: Wow. What a superb event. Everything about it was excellent. The website, Facebook page, very detailed instruction email, friendly and helpful people organising it, really encouraging marshalls, tough but fun course with an excellent downhill finish, superb attention to detail and safety, amazing bag of goodies at the end, impressive medal, wonderful atmosphere, easy parking, great food... I could go on but you get the idea! I almost don't want to say how good it was in case it gets too big! Thanks again to the wonderful organisers :-) Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Fantastic new event In full: What a fantastic new event that Hart Road Runners have created.
Let's start with the negatives, oh wait....I can't fault the event in any way.
This new event was brilliant, the organisation was 1st class, the course was a real nice mix of flat & inclines, all off road. The event catered for all abilities no matter how fast or slow. The volunteers were super friendly & gave lots of encouragement. The atmosphere was buzzing the whole time, with plenty to do for all the family. I feel privileged to be part of this inaugural event, the medal was massive too. I'd highly recommend this event to everyone. I'm sure next year it will attract a lot more people based on the success of this year. A massive well done to Hart Road Runners for organising this brilliant event & to all the volunteers. Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Great race. In full: Fantastic to run in front of so many spectators who really cheered their support. Many thanks to the organisers and also the volunteers/marshals who gave up their time on a lovely Sunday morning. Norwich is a beautiful city and this race certainly takes in the sites. It is a challenging race with a couple of decent hills and the last kilometre is very challenging. On the flip side, the downhill and flats are quick. Overall, i'm very pleased Norwich once again has a premium race that is open to everyone.
In short: An excellent day out! In full: Had an absolutely great time at Hart 4! The day was well organised and set up, plenty of friendly marshals out on the course and there was a great festival atmosphere. It was nice touch having our names on our number, lovely goodie bags, excellent medal and everyone was really supportive. Would definitely do this race again. Bring on next year! Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Superb event ran like clockwork - great fun! In full: The Hart 4 relay was an amazing event that I would highly recommend. The organisation was faultless and the marshals amazing Plenty of space for parking and setting up while you wait your turn to run. Brilliantly planned course enabling you to clearly see in coming runners giving you plenty of time to get into place for the swap over.
water to hand as you finished your run which was most welcome as it was hot. would recommend people bring their own gazebo type things to protect from the sun/rain (if it was wet) for between runs and you are in the open for a long time.
Course was a mix of hills both up and down, grass and track - traffic free through trees too - beautiful with a challenge or two Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Most Friendly race ever competed in an absolute joy In full: Every marshal smiled and gave encouragement, the scenery is fablous and the kids even had a face painter and baloon man. One of those special races and cannot wait for next year. Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Excellent first relay race on a beautiful day In full: My first try at a relay race and I can say it was atmospheric, amazing how 4 hours shot by. Great organisation, good communication and very friendly marshals. Great goody bag and fabulous medal, a fabulous day, thank you Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Hot, hilly with a pub stop on the way! In full: First time running the 54321 and I chose the marathon distance. As a mainly road / hard surface runner I knew it would be hard day out, and wasn't disappointed. The views were beautiful, the runners were friendly especially when the different distances merged and split. The route was well signposted (follow your distance and if unsure ask), though you can also carry a map or download the route to a watch.
Race organisation was excellent, parking was easy, number collection simple. Good number of toilets and able to buy coffee before the start.
Marshalls were very friendly and helped fill bottles and cups to keep us hydrated on a VERY hot day. Lots of aid stations, but most of the earlier ones only had water, so be prepared to carry any drink / food you need. There are also a few pubs on the route, so I did stop for a pint of coke and a packet of crisps! Absolute heaven.
I really enjoyed the day out and will definitely be back again, the value of this marathon in comparison to others is brilliant and I love the medal and t-shirt (you can buy it as an extra and as the race was much cheaper than others I run I did buy it and very glad too!). There was also an ice-cream van and burger van at the end do buy food from without having to walk anywhere. Perfect organisation.
Thanks for a brilliant marathon. Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Scenic, sunny but challenging! In full: I'm not by nature a trail runner, this was my first trail 1/2 marathon and I'm still recovering from injury in March.
That said I gave it a go and was treated some some beautiful views I wouldn't miss. It is a tough run and I ran a large proportion of it with no-one else in sight. The signage is great all the way up to the city where the signage was poor/stolen!
Organisers are great, volunteers are very supportive and friendly, medal is nice and heavy and there was a good atmosphere at the end.
One to do if you fancy pushing yourself......and discovering muscles you didn't realise you had :-) Date of review: August 15, 2016
In short: Must get your team together and do this race In full: This was the inaugural Hart 4 and what a splendid event. The atmosphere was excellent and not only did it cater for excellent running for teams of all abilities it also catered well for families. Must do event for 2017.
In short: Well organised event in scenic location In full: This was the first time that the event had been staged, and it seemed to go like clockwork. My only suggestion would be to try and publish the positions of the lead teams more frequently (say, every 30 mins) so they can make tactical substitutions if necessary. Date of review: August 15, 2016