In short: Brilliantly organised race that's great whether you are a solo runner or in a team. In full: This was my first 24hr race and what an experience! The race route was predominantly flat with 2 minor inclines. However, the constant change of running surface requires focus and keeps you interested. The route was great with seeing the sunrise from the beacon being the highlight of the race. I raced as part of #UKRunChat Team Red and we were fortunate to pitch our tents together with some motor homes, a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the exchange zone and race HQ. The race was really well organised and ran flawlessly, even after the organiser had to rush his wife to t&e hospital because she went into Labour. The volunteers were tireless. A nice touch was the all-you-can-eat wristband which took care of all food and drink for the weekend. All in all this was an amazing experience and I can only recommend the race, whether you are going solo or in a team.
In short: Great event In full: Well organised with a friendly atmosphere throughout. Marshals and supporters on a well directed and easy to follow route. Instant chip time result was a bonus and a free t shirt made this race an absolute bargain. As a race run by the local club this was a great example of how friendly and welcoming droitwich ac are to all runners. Date of review: November 12, 2014
In short: Tough but just got to do it. In full: This is one of those must do races & would recommend anyone to give it a go BUT make sure you do your BIG hill training and plenty of it. A fantastic race & great support, love the name on your race number which people kept shouting out. Date of review: November 12, 2014
In short: A very friendly and welcoming race with a great atmosphere, and well organised. You couldn't ask or want for anything more from this race. Great snacks at the end, and an amazing medal! I wish I still went through Richmond Park even with the hill! Date of review: November 12, 2014
In short: Forget Berlin head for York In full: Flat as a pancake, except a testing 100 yard incline near the end, if you want a PB go to York. The switch backs can be tough. Fantastic local support as the course winds through local villages. High fives all round and even a blessing from a Vicar. Well watered + Gels. Great goody bag and the best medal I have received. I would like to do the course the opposite way around to run though the beautiful city of York over the last 2 miles and not the first. Date of review: November 12, 2014
In short: The scenery does the talking... In full: A beautiful 26 miles. The marathon does not require the hype and ceremony that sometimes is forced into lesser events, the amazing views come at you in with effortless glory and the whole race organisation is slick yet entirely relaxed. The marshalls deserve every plaudit they receive. Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: well done Beckenham RC In full: thought I would give this a go as the Fitness League no longer welcome guests ! Very late entry but got in anyway - the course was extremely well marked and backed up by more marshalls than required . No danger of getting lost or mis-directed - got a medal and a shoe bag at the finish - no idea why anyone should complain except for those who would get lost running round a 400m track - and don't forget the money goes to the Royal British Legion Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: A beautiful and uplifting event In full: I absolutely loved the Loch Ness marathon. It's very well organised, very friendly and incredibly beautiful! The support was outstanding too. The buses to the start worked well and I loved the pipers at the start. I even PB'd!! I would msyrongly recommend this to anyone- beginner or otherwise. Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: Stunning autumn run In full: Second time doing this beautiful run. Would highly recommend but could do with more toilets at the beginning as per usual! Course very flat until the end so ideal for beginners and just stunning. Thank goodness the rain held off. Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: Beautiful morning for a very scenic race In full: Slick organisation. Excellent commentary at both the start and finish areas! Fantastic marshals: at race HQ, on the course, at the water stations, and keeping things moving at the finish. Friendly runners. Quality medal. Well-organised baggage collection. Fast results service. 10/10 :-) Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: the weather did not help! In full: This is a review of the 10k race only.The prevailing weather ensured that the race took place in rain,wind and mud. The organisation was OK except for the following. The marshalls were poor (apart from one!)and showed little interest in the proceedings.I am also not sure how the timing was calculated as I assume that the starters gun was the commencement of the race and the bar code swiper was the finish? This method was a bit hit and miss and therefore did not reflect an accurate time. Could have done with a medal? There was no goody bag - not that I am complaining. The tee-shirt had to be collected off a pile which was situated in an open fronted tent. Overall not a good impression! . Date of review: November 11, 2014
In short: Needs a start line chip-mat. Only gun time. In full: Great race but with so much mud and fun to be had en route. However there were a few weird problems. I'll go over the positives first...
1-Really nice route, muddy as expected and it wasn't too busy on the course. I heard people further back had to wait a bit but it was ok. The course wasn't as hilly as I personally expected, but I love hill running.
2-Organisation in the start area good and we knew where to go and what to do. Bag drop and collection rapid.
3- Just about enough toilets to go around. There were showers at the end and you could buy hot drinks etc.
4- Cost and value for money. More muddy than a tough mudder and 1/5th of the cost £17. Bargain
1-No starting timer mat and no one was sure where the actual start line was. This meant that everyone's chip times weren't accurate at the end. Odd.
2-Parking. It would have been nice to see a marshal pointing the way to the car park areas. We ended up parking in a street which was fine though after a mini un needed pre race driving stress.
3- Mile markers were not at every mile! I only noticed 1,3,5. Maybe a sign with "1 mile to go" would have been most helpful because non-locals didn't know how far was left. I only knew when we were finishing because we entered the school grounds. I think the underpass was 0.5 miles to go.
4- The one stupid hay bale. Why bother? It just caused queues. Get rid of it.
1- Wear trail shoes with grip, not trainers. 2- Park in the nearby streets, official "car parks" hard to spot. 3- Take a spare change of EVERYTHING...obviously 4- Have fun and prepare to get mud everywhere. Date of review: November 10, 2014