In short: Well done Hastings, Brilliant Everything. In full: Second time I have done this race (missed it last year due to Rome Marathon) and it will definately not the last. The hills on the first half are tough especially the one up Queensway which seems to go on for ages. But what goes up always comes down, the downhills were very fast. Exciting fast section through the town near the end which was full of bellowing supporters, and I loved the last couple of miles along the seafront. Amazing organisation and fantastic crowd support, high fives all the way! Big thanks to the marshall for standing outside in the chilly wind. The free hot tea at the end was a nice touch, and the horses brass medal is great. Will definately be in the diary for 2016 and for many to come!
In short: Excellent organisation with a great course In full: This was easily one of the best organised races I've been to. The local support was also fantastic. Ample parking nearby, good sign-posting, friendly and helpful marshals, plenty of loos, good bag storage. Slightly riper bananas would help :-)
Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't tried it before.
In full: Toilet facilities at the start were woeful, huge queues with 10 mins to start time which resulted in lots of people peeing on the side of the leisure centre. Course was coned off and in many places was far too narrow. Nice to get a text with your time at the finish, and nice finish pack with t-shirt, medal etc. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Good quality field, well organised, fast 10k. In full: Race set-up is very good, handy sports centre close to start/finish, excellent organisation, and the race attracts a quality field, so good for pulling you around for a fast time. There is an incline at 3.5k but this is followed by a very gentle downhill/flat section which takes you through to 8k, before a few more turns and then a final k to the finish. I'm really not that bothered about scenery when PB-chasing, but the support on course for a local race was pretty good, and the whole set-up is very well run. I also like the field size, large enough for a bit of atmosphere, not so large that you get the queues of a mass event. (The toilets seemed to be a particularly hassle-free experience compared to some races!) PB bagged, would run again! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Good event In full: Excellent crowd support Best Tomlinson medal yet Good quality shirt Transfer buses were not signed or seen No signage to guide non Lincoln residents back to car parks Otherwise an excellent event in superb weather Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Very well organised In full: Only issue was the congestion in the 1st few hundred yards but was a well organised & well supported event. I saw a clock at the finish line & the medal & tee shirt were very high quality my best tee shirt yet. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: First time In full: Ran this for the first time in 2015, very well organised and parking/changing at the start/finish. Very hilly but lovely route. Good support around the route. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Well organised race throughout. Flat. In full: First time running this race & I was impressed by the friendliness & organisation throughout. The course was about as flat as you could get and along with the perfect weather conditions helped me to a significant PB. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Keeping up high standards. In full: Excellent event, from pre race info to finish line goody bag. Can't fault it. Thanks to all involved in organising and helping at it. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Superbly organised. Great race. In full: This race defies its youth; only 3 years old but feels like it has been run for decades. It is brilliantly organised; superb start and finish with pens for various time groups, excellent facilities for non-runners, lots of loos, very friendly marshals, excellent distance markers, a challenging multi terrain route with only a couple of odd twists. And a superb tee shirt and neck warmer AND goody bag that would make most other races blush. This is a must run, that will run and run. Kudos to the organisers. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Flat as a pancake, perfect weather conditions made for a PB In full: Only real gripes were toilets ( not enough and no urinals) and barriers in first 1km or so were too close meaning the road was narrower than it need have been. Nice choice of pubs after for a well earned beer or six too ! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Well organsisd, great trainuing run at bargain price In full: For £5 a friendly, well marshalled, all abilities , scenic (undulating) event - excellent for us marathon first timers. Legs hurt today but a big thank you to Gade Valley. Coffee & cake a bonus Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Hilly but nice In full: Nice having the (efficient) baggage drop under cover in the warm up area on a chilly morning. The course starts in the athletics stadium, plenty of room for both runners and spectators, and didn't have to queue for a toilet.
It's two laps around Crystal Palace park, a fairly hilly course, with some good views. Quite a good atmosphere with a choir and a brass band, all in all a very nice morning out. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: One of my favourite runs In full: What a great event. The scenery up through the Ashridge Estate is great - gorgeous forest, Ashridge House and superb views over the hills. I'm going to do this one again even when not training for a marathon. Also, as mentioned above, for £5 the organisation is superb and there's free cake at the end. The fact that it's not chip timed is a positive as it changes the atmosphere from a race to a more relaxed event. Well done Gade Valley Harriers. Date of review: March 23, 2015