In short: Very good. A few hills but great route. In full: This was my first 10 mile race and although the organisation was lacking in a few places, it was easy to understand what to do before the event, where to find the facilities and get to the start line.
The route is greater mainly thrugh minor roads where there will be a car every minutes. All road crossings are marshalled and the cars are stopped if there are runners.
Mainly flat, a few gentle hills and one or two longer, steeper hills. But that's good to have in a race.
Clear directions and sign posts. Only two water stations. Potential cars may come close to you going down Bridge high street. Only one case that I heard of, so needs to be more marshalling here.
In short: Scenic, enjoyable, fun, challenging In full: Brilliant race! A huge thank you to all the organisers and helpers - without them I wouldn't have had so much fun! Definitely one to do again and I highly recommend it. Date of review: January 23, 2016
In short: Classic Mid Winter Race - Run Like Clockwork In full: Continuous feedback from the club as to a go no go when snow threatened. Coaches for their own park and ride to the start. Classic northern running/rugby/social club type set up, bar, showers, snooker table etc. Fairly packed inside. Vendors outside, coffee £1. Large marquee for the baggage drop, well manned, effective. Lots of marshalls and volunteers, made the whole thing run like clockwork. Huge thanks especially considering the cold icy conditions. Wide start, no congestion, good roads as despite the weather and country lanes no big puddles, just good old running through glorious clean crisp countryside air. Occassionally hilly, not too bad and a good downhill at the end. Showers on, decent goody bag, free drink and mince pie too. Date of review: January 20, 2016
In short: My first ever half many years ago and still my favourite In full: Great little half marathon with good contributions to local charities. Drinks stations seems a bit hit and miss this year but volunteers very enthusiastic so couldn't really complain Date of review: January 20, 2016
In short: Remains One of My Favourites In full: I've done it 3 times, with 2 cancelled through injury and already can't wait for next year. There's something about it, that I can't quite put my finger on. Whether its the chatting to running friends and running strangers, the relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse beforehand, the simple but effective organisation, the public support on the way round, the free massage, the hot food and drink afterwards, it all helps to make it a great day and great race. Date of review: January 20, 2016
In short: Shattered but exhilarating fun! In full: I've never been so tired! Snow. Mud. More mud. Big hills. Did I mention mud? But great fun and great organisation. Oh, and a bit muddy.... Date of review: January 19, 2016
In short: Great race with friendly folk In full: This was my first time doing this race, and only my 4th half marathon ever. But as one of very few events in January I signed up to this one. The organisers did a good job of keeping us updated about the weather conditions on social media, but with full road closures the chance of being cancelled was much less this year. With early morning gritters and a couple of experienced runners out on the course first thing, it got the green light! This is a smaller event than previous half marathons I've done, but that just seemed to make the atmosphere more friendly. Great volunteers marshalling and giving out goodie bags and drinks (I've never tried drinking from a cup while running before though, more went up my nose than in my mouth). Parking was a doddle with the park and ride coaches laid on before and after. I reckon I'll be back to do this one again next year! Date of review: January 19, 2016
In short: Excellent race In full: A very friendly, well organised race set in lovely rural surroundings. It's cheap with a separate option for those that would like a T-shirt. The goody bag is good, with a chocolate bar (twix in mine) and practical items (this year a reflective bib and bib clips). There are also plenty of drinks offered at the finish, including a hot brew which is very much appreciated in January! There was also gingerbread and other biscuits on offer :-). The course is described as undulating, but you don't really notice it, especially with the beautiful surroundings. It's starts onto a wide main road, so there isn't an issue with being stuck behind people at the start. It's definitely PB material, I knocked 6 and a half minutes off my PB!! :-) All the volunteers are very friendly and supportive, which makes for a great atmosphere. This race is definitely recommended for anyone who wants to add a break in the middle of their winter training, wanting to work off the Christmas excess or simply pining for the spring season to start. Date of review: January 19, 2016
In short: fantastic winter half marathon In full: Well thought out course. few small ups and downs and a great 1.5 mile downhill from mile 11. Great support in the villages. A 'proper' no frills running event. good mix of club runners and beginners. Serious PB potential if weather conditions ok. Will definately be back next year - an absolute pleasure to run Date of review: January 19, 2016