In full: My mum new how much I loved to run this race.And before she died on Friday morning she made me promise I would run it the next day.After being driven down Friday night by my lovely wife.Not feeling hungry and drunk maybe a bit to much red wine.I got to the start feeling tearful and alone.The race started and I new I was with the most amazing bunch of people on the planet.Runners Marshals Locals Every person in Rhayader.You were a credit to the human race.I ran,walked,cried and laughed my round.And with love and support of you fantastic people.I was able to look up with a smile and say mum JOB DONE.thank you all so much x Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Great way to spend a Sunday morning. In full: Low key charity run with choice of 3 distances to run around Heaton Park. No timing but made a refreshing change to just run for a good cause. Friendly atmosphere with excellent marshals. Thank you. Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Great run In full: Super organised, great run, good support, parking and facilities spot on, undulating course but not too hilly suspect it could be trickier with more wind....many thanks for the great volunteers looking forward to next year Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Well organised, fast course, decent goodies In full: Really well organised - lots of stalls, goodies and refreshments. Picked up a free gel before the race which was nice. The bag drop had a pretty long queue, but I had left it quite late - about 40 minutes before the start. The starting area was well segregated meaning no delays for the faster guys.
Course was mostly flat with a few small ups and downs and being closed-roads you can take any line you want, so definitely a pb course. Support was not massive, but those that turned up were enthusiastic and the bands en-route were a nice touch. The commentator was great as well, announcing runners crossing the line.
Banana, water and a Bounce protein ball after race goodies were very welcome. Decent medal also.
Overall, not the cheapest, but a very well organised pb race. Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Great race event for all In full: Having done the half last year in MK I went for the new 20 miler this time in prep for my April Marathon. Great to start an hour before the other races, loads of parking and well organised. The start felt a bit rushed (felt like it started a bit early so a lot of people were still making their way to the start line as the gun went off) but another nicely organised and well planned out route. Yes the hill finish is a killer but the rest of the course is flat. Lots of spectators along the route to cheer you on and provide sweets! Very friendly event, certainly not just for the club runners, so a great one for your first organised run. Medal was ok, would have liked one that was 20 mile specific if I'm honest having just been on my feet for 3.5 hours, and also would have appreciated more than just a bottle of water at the end - a banana, shake or energy bar would have been really welcome!! Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Great warm up race for Spring Marathons In full: This is a fantastic race for anyone training for a Spring(April) marathon. The course is well organised and is mainly flat and with a very nice mix of pathways and roads. You actually never get bored of the different scenery that confronts you.
It was nice to bump into the HM runners half way through, even though they were at a faster pace having only ran a couple of miles - slightly congested, but the atmosphere defiantly picked up in the 2nd half of the race. The hill at the end is a killer and very unexpected - be warned for anyone doing this next year!
Medal was nice and not as bad as previous reviewer said. I also agree about the lack of food/goodies at the end. had to go to the ice-cream van by the main car park
Overall a friendly race and defiantly a recomendation for pre-Marathon run Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Challenging but great course, very supportive runners and marshalls, great organisation. In full: First time for me and I was a bit worried I'd get lost, but course is well marked and the marshals were great. All the runners were so encouraging - definitely one of the friendliest races I've ever been in. Lovely t shirt and momentos and thanks for the cooked breakfast. Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: Very well organised and friendly race... with hills and traffic! In full: A very friendly race, well organised and with the track start and finish has lots going for it... and for the second year running the weather was perfect. But, large sections of the race are on narrow pavements next to busy roads which is not a good combination. The marshalls did a great job but the route could be improved greatly and made safer for all. Date of review: March 10, 2015
In full: Ran this race in 2014 so knew what to expect. Its three laps of a not very pretty suburban south london, but i does make it easier to run an even pace for the distance.traveled a long way to run here, a pb race if not a senic one. will try again in 2016..........
In short: Potentially very good In full: There were many positives: - General organisation - clear, good signage - Not overcrowded and quick off the gun so space wasn't an issue - Bag drop - although slow to get in, it was then quick, efficient and great scouts helpers - Accurate mile markers / overall distance of the course - Bananas at the end were welcome. I think they were a donation this year but please somehow make sure these are always there - so much better than any other food post-race. - Water stations where helpers had already undone the bottle top (thank you!) - Everyone is hung up on a "goody bag" but personally i'm happy without all the annoying leaflets that pad it out and picked up the Bounce bar thing, banana, water and medal (what else do you want?)
Couple of suggestions: - I know it must cost a lot to close roads, but can it start a tiny bit later? e.g. 9.30 or 10 - it's tough to get to from far away. - if anything can be done to improve the atmosphere with more encouragement to locals to get out and support, that would be great. That said the country nature of the run was more important. Can't have it all!
Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: March 10, 2015
In short: A Tough One In full: I did the HM, 6 laps was always going to be dull and so it proved. At least the changing weather made for some variations - seeing puddles getting firstly more deep and then more shallow as the rain stopped. There was even a dry line appearing as the sun threatened to break through as I completed lap 6.
I tried to run from apex to apex as best I could but my Garmin had the course as 21.4km, struggling to imagine where the extra 300+metres were 'gained' but hey ho, it is what it is and I still smashed my PB (this being HM number 2 only) by 25 mins.
The climb up from Knickerbrook was not too bad the first 4 times but laps 5 & 6 were not fun at all, not sure quite how I resisted the inner voice that was screaming at me that it would be ok to walk up.
Also worth noting that the wind can play a significant part at this venue. It was certainly more than a playful breeze on the day adding to the 'toughness' factor.
Organisation seemed fine enough. Pre-race admin all taken care of with no dramas. Tech shirt and medal both are nice. Otherwise the goody bag was a little thin. I'm content enough that the value I received was fair however I did enter at a discounted rate in conjunction with my Manchester Marathon entry. At full price I might have felt slightly short-changed perhaps.
In short: Exhilarating challenging exhausting run through beautiful changing countryside In full: My 3rd Leith Hill Half so something must be good about it probably the friendly supportive atmosphere the gorgeous scenery the interesting and initially daunting course the enthusiastic marshals and the T-shirt. Well done to all involved. This is not for the faint hearted but it is a brilliant race. Date of review: March 9, 2015
In short: Tough as he'll, not helped by the weather In full: What can I say? This was hard as nails. Even if the weather was good it would have been a thigh burner with the terrain and the hills. But with the storms and cold wind it was bloody tough. Still great fun for those who like to grit their teeth and gain satisfaction from completing something really hard. Date of review: March 9, 2015
In short: What happened to the atmosphere? In full: Start well organised although the area was very crowded. Route was mostly in the country, and in the countryside it totally lacked atmosphere. Last year it started in Guildford, and the crowd when passing through Woking was amazing, it seemed to pass many supportive villages last year that were also missing this time. Finish back in Woking was good. No t-shirt, so average value for money Date of review: March 9, 2015
In short: Tougher than I thought - a great workout In full: I found it tough with the short hills meaning you didn't have far to run before you came across another one. However the real reason I struggled was my lack of match practise as it were. I still ran one of my best times and there is potential for a pb here if you train well. Thought the marshalling was fantastic in difficult circumstances with lots of cars on the roads. It's a well established race and had the feel of one. One gripe I had was lots of runners were allowed to get away with wearing headphones. I like wearing headphones but obeyed the rules saying they weren't allowed. Rules like this only work if everyone obeys by them. Date of review: March 9, 2015
In full: One small gripe: once you send marshals round telling runners that the 09.00 start has been delayed by 5mins, don't then set off the hooter at 09.02!!! Grr! Other than that, excellent organisation as always; plentiful and cheery marshals, including the fab bouncy lady in her usual spot just after the 4-mile marker; excellent tech t-shirt and a medal. This race lived up to my expectations from the previous 5 times I've run it :-) Date of review: March 9, 2015