In short: Great quirky event In full: This was my first off road race and what a race it was. The hills were killer but there was beautiful views and great support to get you through. It's a small event with a clubby feel; national anthem at the start and all! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Nice race, horrible course In full: Have run this twice now, and i'm impressed by the organisation and number of marshals / helpers on the day. Some points of feedback though: - Nobody could hear the briefing before the start as the megaphone wasn't loud enough - The course - it's really horrible - constantly crossing roads, through tight turns by the subways, lots of street obstacles, such as low bollards on the course or overhanging trees and hedges on the pavements. Pavements are rubbish to run on anyway. If you can improve 1 thing for next year, please try and find a route that is nice to run round, even if this takes in more off-road or more hills!
That said, the start and finish on the running track is great, and a good goody bag is always welcome (although would've loved something to eat, banana or mars bar maybe?). Good facilities and easy registration process too. Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Nice little race In full: My 2nd time on this event. Not great on scenery but a well organized, fun and friendly event. Very well marshalled, nice course, well supported by local runners, good for beginners and those looking for a PB. Will do again next year! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Brilliant off road hilly race with amazing scenery and great organisation In full: I've run all 5 of these races and will be booking my 6th as soon as the entries are open. Very well organised and the double loop and switch-back make for good interaction and banter with other runners, supporters and marshalls Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Only 2 people checking people in!!!! In full: Freezing temperatures and only two people doing entries while others pointlessly stood around, queues 100m long, because of this the race was over 30 minutes delayed, never again! Date of review: November 23, 2015
In short: Nice course any climbs were quite short and not steep. Mainly road running with small section off road. In full: Town centre start which is nice and flat few small but not steep climbs come between miles 1-3 while on University campus. From turn point slight off road section which was a little damp but manageable. Run through campus not too twisty plenty of straight sections and lots of room to overtake. Only saw one person opt to take on water from an unmanned water station at about the mid point, would have been nice if this was manned although it may have just been this way at the time I went past. Plenty of stewards out who offered lots of encouragement and a few supporters along the course. Flat course, good for first timers and definitely has pb potential. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Beautifully painful and friendly In full: Awesome and quirky organisation, it is a Trionium race! So friendly, all Trionium races have the same feel, communal suffering leading to people cheering you on as you pass them or they pass you and great marshals. A very picturesque and scenic course. Pretty much completely off road with mud, rocks, grass, tree roots and a very short tarmac section. Loved it back next year. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Proper race by a proper club In full: Very good all round. The course is tough in parts with undulations but the hills don't go on too long - no reason at all you couldn't clock a good time. Organisation faultless and the volunteers a real credit to Heanor. Lovely big pudding which is very welcomed. It's value for money in my book and one to look out for next time, just a shame in clashes with the Clowne Half. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Highlight of the year - again! In full: Starts with the national anthem - followed by the toughest but best half marathon course and finishes with carrots and Stella. A brilliant blend of quirky and well professional my favourite race of the year again. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Great fun!very fast at the front nice and fun at the back.Do something different you may like it. In full: Loving these races, well organised and getting very popular. Do it before it gets too big. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Hard, but really good In full: This event had a really good atmosphere to it. Small enough to have a local feel but taking in the kind of terrain and providing the kind of challenge that should bring in runners from far and wide. Steep and muddy at the start but the going got better with the miles. Nobody is ever going to run a pb on this course - it's about having fun and taking on a challenge rather than chasing a time. Well done to the marshals all of whom were cheerful and encouraging and fully contributed to a great event. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Freezing - Well worth getting up for In full: Temperatures were freezing - well done to the marshals. Oragnized well despite the cold weather. Nice warm up by Virgin active. Just up the road so back for next year. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Fabulous setting on good trail paths. Would be nicer with more runners In full: It was lovely running through a National Trust site before the public arrives. Lots to look at whilst running and it was a still morning so the lakes reflected the scenery.
It is described as a hilly course; I would say it was undulating. There was nothing too taxing hill-wise. The paths are good and firm so normal running shoes are fine.
This is primarily a canicross event. They also have a 10k (and shorter distance) trail run without dogs which is what I entered. Start times are staggered so you don't end up running with the canicross runners and dogs.
There was a very small field of trail runners which was a shame and meant is lacked a feel of companionship on the course and at the finish line.
The marshals were encouraging. Signage generally good (could do with a different sign on the second right after turning off the Stowe School road; two paths ran parallel and it would have been reassuring to have a straight ahead arrow on the right-hand path).
I really enjoyed and it will definitely run it again. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Felt like a training run with a medal at the end In full: Nice course with some hill variation at times, although it did get somewhat dull at points. The crowd was non-existent and some of the families in the village with buggies were actively shouting at the runners as they were on their way to Starbucks and had to veer marginally to one side. Overall the event felt more like an organised mass run rather than a race, nothing compared to the Ealing half marathon just up the road. Date of review: November 22, 2015
In short: Very well organized event , definately one to put on your to do list . In full: Heard good reports about this event so decided to enter this year and it did not disappoint . Fairly scenic for the most part and some quite challenging undulations in places but nothing to bad , 2nd half is slightly hillier therefore (unless you are an elite runner) slower . Only downside i can think of is during the 1st 3 miles the traffic (Cars and Vans) can get quite busy and as the race has only just got underway there are plenty of groups of runners around so in some cases cars etc are trying to weave in and out of runners but after that the rest of the course is fine , race is also chip timed and the goody bag at the end puts alot of much bigger events to shame (2 bottles of isotonic drink , banana , wafer , T Shirt , a soreen mini cake and a six pack of crumpets in this years goody bag)plus free homemade flap jacks at the end , really glad i entered and will look forward to next years event , get in early though as it can sell out quick !!! Big thumbs up from me to the Clowne roadrunners for putting on a great event , roll on 2016 Date of review: November 22, 2015