In short: Fabulous fun but challenging in the wind! In full: As a non elitist I ran with the hounds at the back. However, I found that the slower ones didn't move out if the way to let aspiring wannabes trying for a PB through. A little lane etiquette should be encouraged. The wind was fierce for the first 3 miles, so I didn't get any PB but it was a really fun run. The T-shirt and the medal are the best without doubt! It had a fun family friendly feel to the whole day and was really enjoyable. I recommend this race to all Date of review: March 1, 2014
In short: Great Marshalls, mix up at start but overall good In full: Positives were the Marshalls, plenty of support and banter A bit disorganised with the number collection (why have races stopped posting numbers and chips out?) Only other negatives was a Corsa full of marshalls kept driving around the course and actually get more in the way that doing anything. Can you get bigger size tops, never big enough. Not focusing on the negatives, it was a good race and organiser coped well with the very windy conditions. Well done Striders Date of review: March 1, 2014
In short: Another fab Brighton Half In full: Fourth time I've run this race and it never disappoints me. Fab weather again this year and great local crowd support. Fantastic medal as well Date of review: February 28, 2014
In short: Fast course - on a day with good weather! In full: Enjoyed the race as hit a PB - in part because the weather was ideal, and also the course works well with undulating in first 4 miles - and of this, downhill from 4m turn which gets the legs turning over for a straight 6m along the seafront. As with most races, need more loos - but compounded by a bottle next area between bags and start Date of review: February 28, 2014
In short: friendly marshals and runners, varied course, superbly organised, will keep coming back! In full: This is exactly the type of local race that people should be supporting, and each year it seems to run like clockwork. 10 reasons why:
- the entry fee is a bargain - the marshals at the school and on the course are incredibly friendly and encouraging (and all volunteers) - the cub scouts on the 2 water stations shout encouragement and 'high 5' every runner as they pass - the runners are friendly - the atmosphere is relaxed - the route is picturesque and varied - certainly accessible for people new to running/doing their first 10k, and a great race for experienced runners who want to challenge themselves on an undulating course. - the finishing shirt is good quality and a different colour each year - the proceeds go to the local Lions Club - the cakes/bacon butties/hot drinks in the sports hall after the race are worthy of the entry fee alone. - good pubs and a "runner/cyclist friendly" cafe in the Market Square for a leisurely post-race lunch, if the cakes don't fill you up first!
Highly recommended… Date of review: February 28, 2014
In short: A favourite! In full: This is the third time I have done this race and it continues to be one of my favourites. The route is fairly flat with a few undulations mainly in the first 4 miles. Support is fabulous and the organisation and marshalling was also good.
Only slight criticism is the start area gets very crowded with queues for the loos and people walk to and from the bag drop area. There must be a better way of arranging this, maybe by barring non-runners from the start area.
Otherwise a great race. Date of review: February 28, 2014
In short: A favourite of mine! In full: Very enjoyable trail run, fantastic scenery, great course and a good challenge. I will definitely run this one again next year. Many thanks to all the marshalls and organisers. Date of review: February 26, 2014
In short: Hard work, but worth it In full: My god when they say hilly half, they aint kidding. It's a killer!! But really good fun, with a beer at the end for your troubles. There are some flat and downhill bits, but as you run down you get the realisation that you're gonna have to go back again as the front runners come boming past you in the opposite direction!! Well worth the money, I said never again afterwards, but am already poised to put my application in for this year! Date of review: February 26, 2014
In short: Great cake!! In full: The course-excluding some of the 4 biggest hill I has seen recently was great to run but it seemed too much of the route was only possible to run in single file having said that though it was great fun!!...like most off roaders a good quick start is needed.Lovely countryside and a challenging course with a mix of road,open fields and a river to wade through.The route was well marked with plenty of marshals to support.Excellent changing facilities/toilets.Most important of all great homemade cakes...yummy Date of review: February 26, 2014
In full: a fast run mostly downhill,well organised includes a bus ride to the start,friendly atmosphere,finish in the park on a summers day-bring the family take a picnic! Date of review: February 26, 2014
In short: My second favourite half In full: I love this run. I'm probably jinxing things by saying that the weather has been perfect every time I have run this. I got to the start quite early so didn't experience problems mentioned in other reviews. This is my third year and my second PB on this course (we just don't mention last year ...). I'll be back! Date of review: February 26, 2014
In short: Always a peasure to run this though the weather oft conspires against it! In full: A few problems this year with collection of numbers/chips and also the tea queue was hideous. However Matt the Race Director was very quick to 'fess up' and intends to make changes for next year - good for you, Matt. The course is always challenging, I personally can't wait to get the track section out of the way cos I hate off roading, but I know it's there and its always a relief to get off the track. Of course this time round I was just dreading turning into the wind - it was quite horrendous and at times I wondered if I was making any forward progress at all. Given that I managed to PB, don't understand how but boy am I chuffed! Thank you to all the smiling encouraging marshalls, to the lady at the finish who helped me to remain standing once I'd got over the finish line, and to all at Sleaford Striders who make this event a pleasure to attend year after year Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: Very good race, considering new race organisation was better than some In full: Very good race, considering new race organisation was better than some, not sure where some peoples comments coming from, I went right up and got my number. Would recommend to my runner friends all day long Date of review: February 25, 2014