In short: Cracking run In full: First 10ml, this has set a high bar. Route was great combining city and rural elements, start at the university campus meant the marathon and 10 milers weren't too crowded at pinch points. Race start itself could have perhaps have been a bit better organised, but after that it was pretty much perfect. Benefitted from the brilliant support and organisation of the marathon which the 10mile shares much of the route with. Good medal, my new favourite race tech t-shirt and plenty in the goody bag. So much better than the York 10k which I was disappointed with earlier in the year. In terms of improvement, more than 4 portaloos at the 'Park and Run' at Elvington would have been handy. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: absolutley the nest 10K ive done - superb Value, outstanding organisation In full: This is one of the best 10Ks have ever done, the organisation was just outstanding , the Tshirt, Medal and Goody bag unbelievable value. The scenery magnificient.... Just SUPERB.. MUST DO every Year. The curry after was the icing on the cake... Marshalls were brilliant... Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Always my favourite marathon every year In full: I have run and marshalled this race for a number of years. Every year it is different. This year there was more tape than any year, easy to follow, even though some had been torn down. The weather was perfect. If I could do only one race per year this was the one that I put my name down for, even when my knee was knackered ( marshalled in the pouring rain still enjoyed it). Happy days !!! great route, excellent pre race email giving me all the information I needed before the run. Thank you Rob, all marshals and all the helpers and volunteers for giving up their spare time and making this a great race. See you all at the midsummer munro. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Great half marathon shame it's the last race In full: Very enjoyable race, lots of challenging hills, lovely views on top of Leith Hill. A shame it's the last marathon and half marathon. Nice medal,mug, and t-shirt at the end and crooked breakfast. Thanks to Dr Rob for organising it. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Decent race, bit pricey In full: Pleasant enough race around Clapham Common. Had a small issue collecting my number when mine was given to someone else but to be fair to the organisers, this got resolved quickly and painlessly. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Excellent from start to finish In full: Fabulous course, nice surprises along the way which had a strange way of making those K's disappear. Well marshaled with friendly smiles all round. Superb organisation from start to finish, a regular calendar entry I think. Thank you everyone for making this day a success. Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Huge thanks to Rob for creating and organising the race, sad to see it go hopefully someone will step in & take over, thank you to all the volunteer marshalls Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: Lovely race, but need to listen to feedback In full: This was my second year of running this race.
I really enjoyed the course very much. To use that old cliche, it was a "a game of two halves". The first part of the course went around central London - taking in some very famous landmarks: Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards parade, Whitehall, 10 Downing Street, The Strand, Trafalgar Square, The Mall, Albert Hall etc. That was really special and worth the entry fee alone.
The second half had you running through the parks themselves, this was really nice and a contrast to the first half. There were a few out and back sections but nothing too mentally taxing, given the wave starts, this meant the runners were spread out, so you didn't feel like you were running at the back of the pack.
The wave starts meant the course was busy, but not too bad. There was a bit of elbowing and jostling around the course but I have seen worse. The course was pretty flat, a few gentle inclines but certainly no hills to speak of, so there was a good chance to get round fast (although the course was pretty congested in places where it narrowed).
The race was wonderfully supported, lots of people cheering you on. I especially loved the "rock star" treatment at 6 miles and 10 miles, that put a smile on my face!
There were plenty of water stops and a couple of lucozade stations too, this was perfect - I stayed well hydrated throughout. I did see one poor chap flat out being attended to by St. John's, I hope that he is OK. There were plenty of loos at the start, and very good that water was available before starting. At the end was a fabuolous medal (made out of wood!) and a wonderful goody bag - one of the best I've had!
What could be improved?
The 9am start time is rather aggressive, it meant I was forced to drive in as the train service from where I live couldn't get me to London before 8.30 - which is too late. This was inconvenient and meant a long drive home on tired legs. A 10am start would work much better, but I guess they need to get the roads re-opened.
As per last year, the baggage queues were just ridiculous. The reason for this being that they gave you a numbered wrist band and a matching number for your bag. Which takes time to attach on both runners and baggage alike. Why not do what pretty much every other race does - give you a baggage tag with the race pack, that you can pre-attach to your bag? You can then just dump the bag off and get on with race prep. I saw lots of anxious looking folks in the queue from hell, checking their watches 5 mins before the start. I wonder how many missed their assigned waves due to this. The last thing you need is a load of stress about making the start on time. I even saw one lady running with her rucksack, she must have given up queuing. That's not on.
At the end, there was a massive queue for the goodies. There were multiple queues with people barging in and queue jumping, and a few angry words exchanged between fellow runners. It was not on to have finishers standing around for up to an hour getting cold, shuffling slowly in a queue, just to wait for their goodies. Why on earth not just give you a pre-packed goodie bag as you cross the finish line? This issue really deflated my experience of the day, I just wanted to get something to eat and get home. I guess I could have just decided not to collect the goodies of course, but don't see why I should miss out.
I see from previous years that the above issues have been raised before, it's shame the organisers don't listen to the feedback. A few minor tweaks could really sort these few niggles out and make make this one of the best half marathons in the country.
In short: THIS LITTLE GEM CERTAINLY DOESN'T TAKE THE TISS.... In full: THIS is a fantastic race. I loved it when I first ran it two years ago - and loved it just as much this time around. The sun shone on the glorious Peaks countryside and the huge skies above us stayed azure blue. The trail is a bit lumpy bumpy at times but apart from the odd section it's either pretty flat or downhill. Great news if you're chasing a PB or just an excellent flat track after years of battling up and down hills! The marshals were superb, the spectators enthusiastic and we were well looked after from start to finish. My daughter Hollie was 3rd lady home in a stunning 1:28 and her fiance Rae and my wife Loraine were there to cheer us on..... So a magnificent day was had by all!!! Date of review: October 10, 2016
In short: A gem of a race and I'm gutted to see it go In full: This race is an absolute gem that over the years has attracted Olympic elites and those looking for their first marathon experience and it has never disappointed.
It has to be one of the smiliest, happiest races ever. I've done loads of Robs races over the years and the format is great - beautiful trails, challenging but not impossible, friendly runners, great marshals, well stocked water stations and the best custom bling at the end. I'll miss this event very much. If you get a chance to do one of his other races then do it. Date of review: October 10, 2016