In short: Cute Woodland Run In full: This is a great 2 lap course through the woodlands of Burnham Beaches. The course is generally flat with only minor uphills, which are not too difficult. Burnham Beaches is a great area for running and with some great marshaling and support it makes out to be a fine Half Marathon.
My only issue would be the very long walk from the car park to the start line (thankfully I made it with plenty of time) and the lack of goodies on the finish line. Apart from a good medal and water there was nothing else to get too excited about.
Overall I would recommend this race and look forward to participating next year. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: One of my favourite marathons - friendly and well organised In full: This is the 2nd time I've ran the MK marathon and it is one of my favourites.
Unlike some road marathons that I've done there is no running over train tracks (with the threat of having to stop if a train comes!) or dodging shoppers as you run through the local shopping precinct.
Yes there are a few undulations along the route but no steep drags!
For the first 2 or 3 miles (approx) you run around the centre of MK, free from traffic, where at times you double back on yourself which is great as you get to see your friends and other friendly faces going the opposite way - a great opportunity for a few hi-fives and cheers of encouragement.
Finish line - wow what thrill to run into Stadium MK to a mass crowd of supporters and the commentator cheering you on and see yourself on the big screen as you run round the track and over the finish line.
Along with getting a cool bling bling medal at the end of a race(one of the best ones I've got) it is important to me at how quickly I get my bag at the end of the race. At MK as soon as you have received your medal and your goody bag before you know it you are in the bag hall and one of the scout volunteers is handing you your bag with a big smile on their face, no waiting around because they cant find your bag (which has happened at other races - so annoying)
Overall - this is a well organised and friendly race, obviously organised and supported by runners for runners. Oh and P.S I got a PB - how fab is that!
See you in 2015 ;-) Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: I love this race. In full: This is top of my race calendar diary. Even if I was injured I would come just for the weekend. Don't expect a PB but do enjoy the challenge, scenery and weekend of camping and come back again for personal improvement. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: An awesome experience fantastically organised. In full: This is an unforgettable experience. Brilliantly organised. Great scenery. Fantastic people to run with and encourage you all the way. Addictive. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Best run you could enter In full: This was my 2nd year on a run for this and it got better. The organization, marshalling and marking out are without question the best I have ever experienced, their is encouragement all the way through, and yes its an ultra but one that's worth doing. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Challenging, friendly and very well organised. In full: I challenging race that I did in 2009. You have to watch your footing and so dont expect to cruise along like a road event for very long. There are tough climbs, lots of styles, and technical sections. Its a race where you need to concentrate and so the hours pass by; you dont worry about pace or look at your watch, you navigate the terrain. The event is very well organised/ Put these points together and you have an engaging and enjoyable event. Will come back again. Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Once more into the breach In full: My 3rd year of attending the RAT and increased my distance each year. The RAT weekend is the event of the year not only for the fantastic organisation and the Super Hero checkpoints but the sense of achievement and the encouragement along the way. You are in no way just another runner, Mud Crew make everyone feel special. Don't miss it! Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Hardest half I have done In full: A real tester of a course even getting to the start line is a challenge. Only two gripes one being a lack of info at the car parks down the bottom directions and how long and steep to get to the start would have saved me two trips up. The 2nd out and back was far to narrow especially coming across a group of walkers who were trying to miss us and the mud. But everything else was good and very testing would recommend this to runners looking for something different and challenging. To anyone that did the marathon I salute you. Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Best trail race in the UK In full: The 4 distances make it a great day for all levels of experience. It is hard but the scenery and the great atmosphere helps you to the finish line. I would seriously recommend this race to anyone looking for one of the best coastal trail races. Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: excellent, friendly race, well organised, and lots of lovely cake! In full: Great race put on be Sleaford Striders Running Club. I am a back of the pack runner and my friend ran her first 10k and there was support from everyone. Lovely cake afterwards with a great atmosphere. Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Mud Crew are a slick operation. No stone left unturned with regards to organisation at race HQ, on the course or at the checkpoints. Fantastic atmosphere, brilliant experience, something for evweyone and not to be missed next year. Date of review: August 18, 2014