In short: Could be better, more signage and catering needed In full: Once again complete lack of signage for toilets, refreshments etc. This venue puts on massive race meetings, so why weren't more catering facilities opened up inside, especially on a wet and cold day. There was a small mobile stall with 2 people serving, we gave up queuing in the end. Lack of signs to alternate toilets etc once again. Number collection needs improving, it should be in the big hall with letters such as A-F with people manning them, people were still collecting numbers 10 minutes before the start.
In short: Great course, awful weather, a bit different! In full: Really like this race with its multi terrain course, the weather was cold and very wet which made for tough going round the racecourse and in the woods.
Improvements are needed though - the queue for number collection was long, would be better relocated in the bar area, better signage needed for toilet facilities, and more than one small coffee wagon would be good as there was only one which an endless queue! Snipping cable ties off chips at the end with freezing hands and tired legs is not ideal, a different chip provider would be good for next year. Despite these gripes, I loved the race and will definitely do next year's event.
In short: Mud, rain, steaming runners and friendly marshals In full: As the organiser I want to thank all the Marshals and runners for making this event truly special. Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Lots of Fun In full: If anything, the weather added to the sense of camaraderie and I was already so wet that the flooded road didn't make any difference. This is a really nice event, just challenging enough with a great atmosphere - a thoroughly enjoyable last race of the year. Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Horrible weather, inevitable mud bath, supporters were absolute troopers In full: The supporters and marshals were great, braving the rain and cold and the organisation of the day was brilliant. However, for a first half marathon, it was an experience to say the least! The course was flooded and parts on the grass were absolute carnage. At one point, I wasn't sure whether I'd entered a half marathon or a tough mudder... Foil blankets were needed at the end, many runners needed medical assistance (myself included) or the barn at the finish needed heating. I am glad I pushed myself to complete the course, but I would only do this course again with the right weather! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Tough, muddy, hilly, fun In full: I did the Ultra 10k (12.5k)... most of which seemed to be up vertical, slippery, muddy hills. My legs are still screaming two days later! Was good fun, and a great atmosphere. Wasn't expecting two thigh-deep muddy big ponds/puddles to splash through, though! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In full: Again, a fantastic job in organizing and executing this brilliant event. I am still at a loss as to how they keep the price so low. I drove up from Birmingham for the second year running and will do so again next year. Keep up the great work, Clowne! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Great location can't wait to do this one in better weather. In full: The location and route of this marathon is along a quieter part of the towpath. The start and finish point is an old English pub which looked after us very well on the day. In fact it was so comfortable that I did not want to go outside into the pouring rain. We had the towpath to ourselves, even the ducks had thrown in the towel and scampered off looking for cover. The route is very good 4 times backwards and forwards along the towpath. Always bumping into fellow runners encouraging each other. Water points are at spot on locations. During better weather there are more people along this stretch, there are also many rowing races, so can get a bit busier but not like Kingston, Richmond and Putney. I would like to do this one in spring, it should be quiet fast with a finish at the pub, excellent organisation and great marshals. Any chance Rik ? Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: The most fun I've had at a race. In full: Hilly & muddy terrain, knobbly shoes highly recommended. Great atmosphere and you get handed a beer as you cross the finish line. What more could you ask for! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Glad I ran, despite the rain, mud and floods In full: The weather dominated again, this time incessant rain. There was Ice in 2010 and gales in 2012. It can be good, though, it was as last year. The atmosphere was again fine and the organisation good. Inevitably, there were fewer spectators along the way but many thanks to those who did brave the rain and to the drenched marshals who remained encouraging to the soggy end. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: National anthem, hills, mud, cheering, carrots and free beer - what more could you want? In full: Do this race. You'll need to wash everything you own afterwards (possibly even things you didn't run in), and the hills might hurt a little (or a lot), but you'll be *very* glad you did it. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Toughest Half I've ever done, looking forward to 2015!!!! In full: Major thanks to all organisers and marshals of this brutal but brilliant event. Hurting in places I forgot I had!! Loved it, back again next year. Date of review: November 24, 2014