In short: Great new race In full: A new concept for us we ran as a team so was nice to sit out while the other guys ran a lap or two. Great medals and goody bag and fab hogroast Will be back for a solo attempt next year Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: HOW CAN AN INAUGURAL EVENT BE THIS GOOD?? In full: Superb event organised by Mark O'Meara of Andover Trail Runners. A very experienced runner himself, and it showed in the almost perfect event he materminded.
Hilly enough to be challenging without being brutal - and a nice variety of terrain to keep it interesting.
A well thought out route, something for the fast and the slow, the experienced and the first timer and everyone was made to feel very welcome.
A small and low key event this year to test the water...but sign up quick if you fancy a go next year as I suspect the reputation of this one will go far.
In short: A great race with brilliant organisation In full: Well done Purple Patch on another amazingly well organised race. Everything was thought about. A lovely race with some pretty scenery, v flat and pacers. I've done this twice now and I will be back. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Nice and flat and my hometown race In full: First time actually making it to the start line of this race after being ill on previous years. Was special as this was my hometown race and it went past the end of my parents road so I had some fantastic support :-) Overall the race holds great PB potential as it is nice and flat and quite sheltered. The pace teams were excellent and were great at keeping some of the runners spirits up! The scenery was, well one of my regular runs so it was very familiar but still great nonetheless. Will enter every year until I can't bend down to put my running shoes on. Could do with a goody bag and not just a medal, water and a banana - but you can't ask for everything! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: lovely countryside and no crazy hills! In full: Really friendly well run race, plenty of toilets, good event HQ and scenic route. A long gradual climb to the finish. I was having a nightmare and really struggled but to be honest it wasn't too bad and on another day I would have been able to keep going. Enthusiastic (and plentiful) Marshalls. Everything worked well. The only gripe was it took quite a while to get out of the car park. Although my slowest time and a lot tiredness not to mention pain from blisters I really enjoyed this one. (Looking forward to getting back to city runs soon mind you). Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: 3rd time around and a new PB In full: Very pleased to run a PB, as there are some hilly bits. Marshalls were so friendly and encouraging. Regular water stations. Loved the drums at mile 10ish. Brilliant medal (as always with TRAC) and technical t shirt. Thanks to RD and all of his team! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable race. Beautiful scenic undulating route. Excellent organisation, wonderful marshals and a great friendly atmosphere. I'll definitely be back next year!! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Excellent well organised race In full: Organisation was like clockwork with a pretty much countryside out & back course. It was mainly traffic free and it seemed that although there were no major hills, you seemed to be either going up and down 90% of the time. Great value for money with a generous goody bag and a long sleeve tech tshirt which is rare but very well received. A great half, well done Kenilworth!
In short: Extremely friendly enjoyable race In full: Lovely race, very well supported by the UFD team who went out of their way to welcome, encourage, support and congratulate runners. Nicely done. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: yes undulating (very) but awesome views and well martialed In full: I had heard a lot about this run from fellow runners so gave it a go today Yes it's undulating. Very. A new meaning! But if you want a well managed and martialed run, with spectacuar scenery then this will a great run for you, and I highly recommend.
Free parking at the front is a Brucie Bonus!
Then after the run some lovely towns to pop for a nice meal and well earned drink! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Flatter and faster they said! I found it pretty hilly. In full: Well to be fair they didn't say flat and fast. I only ran the old course when it was run in reverse, so I can't really compare it with the usual course direction.
It was hilly. But what goes up must come down and there were some glorious downhills. Overall I ran a little more quickly than I had in 2011, not bad as I am 5 years older!
It was nice to get a medal this year but a more bespoke one would be good.
It is a very competitive event with club vests everywhere. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Good start In full: This is one of those races that brings challenges and some enjoyment, great local turnout,plenty of support on the route.The course was a bit cramped especially down by the river,a few hills (never a good idea at 18km to put a steep hill) but as we followed the same course back, any up hills were rewarded on the way back. Good potential for a PB as it was flat enough, decent medal and technical T shirt Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Better than most I've ran In full: This was the first time I ran at Salford. I thought the organisation was great and race was great. A definite PB race as well as a good beginner run. Good start and finish line as well. I will definitely do it next year Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: This race is brillant ! In full: This race is tough for both distances, always windy and hilly! But was doesnt kill you makes you stronger ! Really well run event, Marshalls are brillant, distance makers are spot on and water stations are in perfect positions, great goody bags friendly race directors and really helpful, just an all round great event ! Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: An absolute cracker of a race!! In full: This race epitomises everything that is great about local races, made by runners for runners. I've run it several times now and am always surprised by the low turnout which I just can't fathom.
Everyone is so friendly, the organisation superb and the marshalling is spot on - no missed turns! A few even mention the cakes waiting at the end (which are, as others have mentioned, very nice)
The route is certainly challenging without being too punishing and there's no real killer climbs that ruin the rest of your race.
If you're in doubt about entering, give it a try - I'm certain you'll enjoy it and add it to your yearly run calendar. Date of review: September 4, 2016
In short: Fantastic first trail run In full: Every bit as good as I hoped it would be! Really well organised event, well maintained/signed course, lots of friendly marshals, great course and overall a great experience. I will definitely be back to do this again. Date of review: September 3, 2016