In short: Not bad ! In full: I raced this as my second Marathon in 3 weeks after running TOkyo, so might have slight bias towards running through my favourite city! The registration and organisation at the start was good and speedy. Parking was an issue, although overflow was going onto the playing fields. The race itself was good, some mild undulating track, loose stones and some roots, be careful running as saw two women fall hard tripping on roots. Couple of things i didn't like. No spectators at all so no encouragement shouts, which usually i don't like, but there were non at all. The path is open to the public and is very busy with walkers, do walkers, bikes going quickly, other runners and also a yacht race, with hundreds of people carrying huge yachts around, and also cars coming at you, quite difficult in these areas, shame the path couldn't be closed for the race, but it's too busy a route i guess. Medal is stunning, definitely the best medal i have, on par with London Marathon medal ! :) No goody bag though, although saw them being made up at the start...maybe i was too slow to get one... decent marathon, pleasant scenery, but very busy route. Aid stations well stocked, but 5 miles apart so own water and supplies vital, no loos, just use a bush! Date of review: March 15, 2015
In short: Fairly Small & Low-Key, but extremely challenging too! In full: A few thoughts on the 2015 Loggerheads Trail 10k:
A fairly small field and basic but effective organisation. No chip timing, goody bags, medals etc that you would get (& pay for) at a larger race. The atmosphere was relaxed & friendly & the marshalls were supportive. Facilities were more than adequate for the size of the field. The course itself was not for the faint hearted as it included an extremely steep staircase... twice! The route was along some pretty muddy & rocky trails that some runners were struggling for grip on the steeper ups & downs. A decent pair of trail trainers was a must unless it's bone dry & you need your wits about you to avoid a tumble. This isn't really a criticism, but the pre-race communication could have made it clearer for runners unfamiliar with the route.
Overall, a good fun event, but the course shouldn't be underestimated. Date of review: March 14, 2015
In short: All round disappointment- Avoid! In full: I used the 20 miler as a training run. Registered late but told pack ready for pick up.Entries online accepted oddly after the online closing date! Alarm bells should have rung at this point. Race day, no pack at the pick up point! 20 mile race started before the 9:50 am start time!! Chip fell off at some point during the race. Nearly hit by car that should not have been allowed down to travel down a road packed with runners. Marshalling mixed quality. No food during or after the race. To top it off a medal that even Timmy Mallet would refuse to wear. All for over thirty quid. I have emailed the organisers still waiting for a reply! Date of review: March 14, 2015
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