In short: a lovely scenic trail run In full: a great well organised race. some runners got lost but not sure how this happened as the route was well marked and plenty of marshals. Took the race easy and enjoyed the scenery and atmosphere. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Did the half marathon. Loved it. In full: Entered on a whim on the Friday before the race, rocked up half an hour beforehand, fantastic organisation of bag drop and registrations. Could have done with a few more loos (but couldn't every race).
Course was fantastic: superb views, lots of variation, some mud, some sand (that was challenging), lots of single track, hills that looked scary on the race profile but were nothing compared with the Leith Hill Half. Lots of marshals, and I managed to not get lost (I feel sad for those who did - I did spot a marshal pelting to a corner, perhaps to sort that issue out, but I can't remember where on the course I was, and I'm a little confused by the whole thing). Did trip up a couple of times on road furniture/kerbs, but no damage done. Definitely doing this one again - lovely atmosphere to wait around in at the end as well. And cakes. And a brass band playing Flashdance - What a Feeling! Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Fantastic race - shame about the Tshirts In full: Great run - a marathon should be tough. Wonderful marshals - including the Manic Marshal on the approach to St Martha's Church. Great organisation. Only one complaint - I asked for a small T shirts, was told I had to have a medium as they had no small ones. It's labelled a Large and it's ginormous - fully 4 inches too big in chest size. Straight to the charity basket. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Excellent In full: Great race on flat rural roads. Definite PB potential with no switchbacks other than going through an underpass twice. Good support and enough drinks stations. Would do it again! Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Well-organised, scenic and a fair challenge In full: For a first time race, the Hatters was well organised, fairly priced and set on an interesting and scenic route. The start at Edgeley Park Stadium was convenient, with plenty of adjacent parking (£2) and good shelter in the event of inclement weather. Crazy Legs are experienced race organisers and their presence was a bonus. The route is about 50% tarmac and 50% trail (grass/gravel) but in the dry conditions on the day, it was all firm and very runnable. With about 320 runners it was never crowded, but the limit of 500 is sensible as some of the trail sections might have been congested if numbers were allowed to get much higher. The goody bag was a little weak, although the inclusion of a free ticket to a Hatters Match was a nice touch - would have been better with a choice of matches. Still, most runners don't pick their races based on goody bags and for all of the other points mentioned, this race deserves more support and will almost certainly get it. Even the challenging uphill finish was memorable. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Marshalling and route error ruined it In full: Everything was great except for a missing marshal at a crucial point. The race organisers responded saying a walker had removed a sign. My feeling is that there should have been a marshal and that blaming external factors is poor response to people who might be quite upset. For me, I was enjoying a good battle. One that was completely ruined by the bad organisation. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Tough and testing terrain hard on the legs. In full: Some issues with the signage and marshalling. Distance was over marathon distance which made pacing more difficult. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Loved it In full: I loved everything about this race. I arrived an hour and a half before the start of the race as the organisers had asked people to arrive early and had no problem getting parked or collecting my race number. The marathon route was stunning, undulating throughout but not difficult. Marshalls were friendly and supportive and the route was well marked, although there was an absence of mile markers after 20 miles. The fabulous medal and technical t shirt finished off a great day. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: First marathon - very friendly atmosphere amongst runners In full: Would have got 5 for organisation but for some confusion on navigation towards the end of the run. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Great race, beautiful surroundings In full: I loved this race. The organisation was very slick, and the course was great fun - a lovely mix of road, track, fields and woodlands. You will not be bored for a minute. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Will definitely do this race again next year. My only small criticism was that at the end (when all you want to do is lie down / have a drink / find some space to catch your breath, recover / stretch etc) you are all funnelled in close proximity into a narrow queue in order to hand in your raffle ticket for timing - this takes a few minutes and isn't very enjoyable - so I feel this system could be improved a lot with using chip timing. Otherwise, 10 out of 10! Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Tough enough, not as flat as advertised, but plenty of variety in scenery to distract you In full: Really well organised and very welcoming, friendly marathon. Well supported on both sides of the bridge and the red arrows fly past was a great added bonus. The fruit at water stations was much appreciated, would have like to have seen a slightly more inspired medal and a bit more in the goody bag but definitely a race that is going to grow and get bigger and better. The park area at the start/finish was really good, enjoyed the music and food etc on offer. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Very well organised, great route, good support, nice medal! In full: My 48th marathon and really enjoyed the route. Got to see interesting parts of the city, fantastic views from the Humber Bridge, a fly passed by the Red Arrows. All good!
Organisation was spot on. Good support around the course, very enthusiastic marshals, good water stations. Recommended! Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: My first 10m trail run - seemed very hard at times but well worth it at the end! In full: This was my first 10m trail run, it was a pretty hard course from start to the downhill finish. Definitely thought at times I wouldn't finish but my team mates got me through in a pretty good time. Would definitely do it again - now I know what to expect! Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Great race, route and organisation In full: Excellent race, pretty special as there’s not a lot of races that offer such amazing scenery to run in – esp with so many different distances. Organisation was spot on from start to finish and every single person involved had a smile on their face, from the woman who gave me my race number / pack on Saturday, every marshal and volunteer at the water/aid stations and on the course (which were well stocked with gel on the marathon route), to the woman directing traffic on the way out of the carpark. Very high quality medal as well, and a nice tshirt as part of the race pack. Good amount going on in the race village too and some nice food stands for after the race. The course was really great, mix of trail and road with a few fair-sized hills in there but mostly undulating. I ran the marathon and towards the end we joined the half route, which really helped get you through the last few miles with people all around you – it can be a bit quiet towards the end of smaller races, not the case here. The final km around the showground was great too, lots of people to cheer and encourage you.
Now on parking – there’s been a lot of complains about it, the access, and delayed starts. The organisers were clear in the pre-race emails, race packs, and on the website that arriving early is the best bet. I got there with 90mins to spare for the start time and it was fine, parked up, got changed, stretched and had time to spare. It sounds like there was a much bigger field of runners for the half and everyone turned up at once. Problematic yes but the organisers went to great lengths to avoid this, at the end of the day there’s nothing they can do if people are arrive all at once. Delaying the start was a good gesture as they’re under no obligation to do this. The wait to get out the carpark was not at all bad, 10mins maybe, for me and the woman managing one exit was doing an awesome (and brave) job so anyone who says it was not managed well is in the wrong.
Will definitely sign up for next year. Well done for bringing it back!
In short: Tough, but fun. In full: My second time doing the full, and it didn't get any easier. An excellent race, very well organised, and my thanks to the marshalls, who were great. Date of review: September 14, 2015