In short: A great day out for runners & supporters. Definitely one to do In full: The RD puts his heart & soul into the organisation of this event. The Facebook page is filled with anticipation weeks before the event, with runners posting comments & asking questions. Great course for a pb. I highly recommend this event. Fantastic medal & mini goody bag too.. loved this race Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Outstanding! In full: This was my first marathon, but it's one of the best races I've ever done of any distance.
I'm probably in a minority of one in not liking massive bling, although what you get is certainly impressive. However, I don't think anybody could argue with the rest of what you get for your money: a FREE copy of the official photos; a personalised bib number with your name on it; a "bling cosy" (drawstring bag); a 500ml bottle of craft beer; and a KRR/KCM buff. A couple of snacks and a solitary leaflet (for next year's race and this year's KCM) make up the rest of the goodies, so the emphasis is very much on quality rather than quantity. Fantastic! I also paid for a KRR vest, which looks great and seems to fit well.
The course won't be to everyone's taste, as it's 1 smaller loop followed by 20 laps. It's undulating, with a bit of a hill that progressively gets bigger as the day goes on. The running surface is superb (if only actual roads were as well maintained!) and there's plenty of space for everyone. I reckon it has PB potential.
The fastest runners seem quite happy to weave their way through the slower runners as they lap them, and weren't averse to offering words of encouragement. You also get great support from people along one part of the course, with a couple of cheery marshals over at the far corner; as a result, you get to appreciate the supporters more, because they're not a continuous wall of sound. The "reverse runner" is a really nice touch, offering his support and making sure that all the runners are okay.
The drinks stations were just where they were needed; as indeed were the loos! And you don't have to queue...
The "Race HQ" is right next to the course; you're no more than two or three minutes' walk away from anything. Registration was a doddle. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Flawless event from start to finish In full: Whilst 21 laps may put some off you barely notice it as it makes for a hugely social marathon as you're never very far from people, spectators, the aid station etc! Huge support, fantastic medal, easy logistics... no wonder it sells out earlier and earlier each year! Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: A race your got to do every year because of the atmosphere. In full: Love this race from the inaugural to today. The only thing that has stopped me is injury. Runs like clockwork,fun, bespoke medal, beer and always a little something extra each year. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Excellent race In full: I felt like I was running a marathon at a party! The laps are very short so you hear music and see supporters and aid tables every few minutes. It is not congested and yet you are never on your own. Support is best of any of the nine marathons I have done Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Some spectators came to cheer me on; they've entered for 2017 already. In full: Yet again, a fantastic race organised by Ian and his team at tzruns. We even managed to arrange for some weather to suit al of the runners in 2016 (unless you like running in hail, fog or snow).
21 laps = 21 groups of spectators, and with names on the bespoke running numbers, it's like running at a much bigger event. However, with the spectators being in one part of the course only, you do get some time to compose your thoughts. It also means that friends and family can see you every few minutes, without worrying that they might have missed you, like at bigger events, and the facilities for spectators at the Cyclopark are also fantastic (even the showers were still hot, when I finished just under 5 hours). Running laps may not be everybody's cup of tea, but being encouraged by the faster runners, and being able to encourage the slower ones, just helps to add to the atmosphere. If you've never tried it, you don't know what you're missing.
The medal for 2016 was enormous - the biggest yet - and with beer for all finishers, I'm thinking of signing my wife up for 2017, as she doesn't like beer! Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: another great event In full: my 3rd KRR totally love this event the slick orgainisation the medal the free photos the free beer and this year a free buff the reverse runner I could go on. I have already entered 2017 Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Absolutely awesome, Ian and his team worked wonders, can't wait until the next one. In full: Amazingly well organised, all the way from picking your own race number through to the pre race emails, the car parking on the day, the race photography, the support, the marshals and the drinks station. Add all of the above running like clockwork to the fact the the Vikings could have stopped oncoming hoards with the shield of a medal we all got and the fact that I could cross the finish line with my children (something they and I both loved) meant one hell of a race to be a part of. Oh and I PBd too. Whoop whoop!! Awesome run! Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: The best gets better In full: This race has the lot-the biggest and heaviest medals, free beer, superb organisation, great atmosphere and runs like clockwork. Laps may not appeal to all but this race has such a great vibe and buzz that you forget you are running around a cyclopark 21 times!a great race to bring family and friends and you can even select your own race number. Should be on every runners bucketlist Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: I can't believe this hasn't won marathon of the year yet! In full: An awesomely friendly and well organised race. The attention to detail is amazing - from conveniently positioned portaloos to out of this world medals and goody bags this race is faultless. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: A hard Half Marathon that is ever so rewarding In full: I have completed this race for the last 3 years now, and my thought process this year was along the following lines:
Miles 1 -3 - why am I putting myself through this again ? Miles 3 - 7 - Ah that's why, simply stunning views. Miles 8 - 9 - Oh no .. this is defo the last year I am doing this. Miles 10 - 13 - Fab stuff, will be back in 2017 to beat this time.
I find the race brutal in places, but then there are some large 'downs' to claw time back. You do need to do some training on hills though. The views are superb, I am tempted to say second to none. The organisation is top class - there is honestly nothing constructive I can offer by way of improvement. And its very reasonably priced.
I will be back in 2017, this is a race not to be missed. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: great fun, well organised have to do it at least once then sign up again!!! In full: 2nd year of doing this and loved it! Great camaraderie between runners everyone having fun, it is undulating but you know what you're getting after the 1st lap so no real surprises. Great organisation once again, everything you could want from a race. I don't very often run a race twice but this one could be my new annual race. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Hills and views In full: Cracking race for lovers of hills with some epic views if weather good. Needs more toilets well below average for that a little more organising at start wouldn't. Go a miss, but heart felt thanks to all the marshells big and small for the cheerfulness and sweets that makes a good race. Try putting bins around water stations for empty bottles ???? Date of review: May 29, 2016