In short: Really liked this race, beautiful and challenging :) In full: Nerves at the start when every other runner looked like a hardcore ninja soon faded with a few nods and smiles from people I'd never met before. Once we set off into the rain the enjoyment of the varied terrain and what would come next kept me going. Like an idiot I left my watch behind and with no distance markers I didn't have a clue how far I had gone in how long, hurrah for the final waterstop that told me I had a mile to go. Thank you RMP Runners for a lovely run :) I'll be back next year! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Ok race, nothing to get excited about In full: I'll be honest and say don't really think the race is worth the entry fee.
Don't get me wrong I felt the organisation of it was excellent. Picking up your number the day before ran like clockwork, as did everything in the park before the race, water stations brilliant, well marshalled, and excellent water stations.
However I felt it was a really grim, un-scenic course for most of the race. Didn't find it easy to get going as the roads were quite narrow at the start meaning it was quite difficult to get past people. The baggage collection at the end for me was rather chaotic not what you really want after finishing a marathon.
In parts a great marathon and if it was around £30 it be worth it however at £55 felt it was a bit of a rip off. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Great race but with challenging hills In full: Really enjoyed this marathon despite the hills!
Thought it was very well organised, though could perhaps improve it with more bottles at the drink stations, paper cups especially on a hot day are a bit inadequate.
Despite this thoroughly enjoyed this race. It's a beautiful course but challenging. Very well organised, good photographers and helpful marshals. For £20 entry fee, you cant go wrong. Highly recommended. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Beware this route is extremely hilly. It starts off hilly getting hillier, very challenging. Stewards and staff were fantastic. By far tougher than the average marathon or running route I am used to. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Expensive, with dubious management. In full: I had run this in 2011 so decided to return. The run was missing marshals at a couple of key point, most notably in the fun run, where the lead runner carried past the turning for the finish and continued for an extra 1/2km (at least). At £16 (affiliated) I expected something a little more than a water bottle and fudge bar, especially as they advertised a pack "crammed full of goodies". This being said the money raised was for a great cause. Just a little more attention to detail would have made it much better. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Wonderful village organised half marathon with great views of the countryside In full: This is very challenging half marathon that you have to give a go. The scenery is spectacular, by far the best I've seen on a run. Support & organization of the event is excellent. Drink stations x6 perfectly placed on the course. Just save a bit of energy for that monster hill at mile 9 and enjoy the final mile, down hill, back into the village. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In full: Local race for me and really enjoyed it again. Good course and organisation. Spoke to a member of the Rotary Club the day as they were marking up the tent and finish areas and he was friendly and enthusiatic about the race. Glad the weather was good for them on the day. They are hoping the race will grow and there is no reason why it shouldnt over the next few years. Great cakes again! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Ouch! In full: Fantastic race but beware the hills! Wasn't sure about how hilly this was as the reviews were indifferent but it is very hilly - Absolutely loved the first half (even though the 1st half was hilly), but being fresh expected this - second half though was, for me, where it got tough - especially between 14-18 miles - even the downhills were becoming hard! (seemed to be going either up or down between these miles.) 1st half ran in 1:50 - capitulated in the second half, but finished with a big smile in 4:20. Definitely a race worth running. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Tough race but very rewarding In full: Fantastic oourse with stunning scenery and very well organised with seemingly the whole village out supporting/cheering or running!. Not for a first timer though: some of the climbs are tough for a road race. Defo one for the calendar next year Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Tough, tough and Tough!!!! In full: This was a tough one and was like running on the moon at times but incredibly rewarding. Many thanks to everyone for organizing a great event and before i forget a great little goodie bag for our efforts. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: One of my favourite local races. In full: I love this race, the scenery's glorious (apart from the pig farm, but when you smell it the second time you know you're nearly home!), there's a proper village festival, ice cream, dog and cake shows, stalls, loads of fun for little people and they always stretch to a technical t-shirt for finishers. The down side is the 12 noon start and a lack of water during the race on a hot day. Be prepared for a few hills in the last third and take a water bottle and sun cream just in case. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Great 10k In full: Great 10k - organisation excellent. Scenery through city center and old part of city is great. Bit dull for the final few K though but great finish in staduim! Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Wonderful Scenery - Fantastice Race In full: First time running this race. It's a challenging 10k but the scenery is fantastic and the organisation was spot on. Plenty of entertainment for kids with the fun run and mascot race after the main 10k. Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: Great course but a bit of a faff with the logistics In full: The run itself was great. The most enjoyable 10k I've done through lovely scenery on interesting trails. However, getting from the car to get my number etc was a good brisk 8 minutes walk. So by the time I'd walked there, back to the car to get changed and back to the start again it was a fair old trek. Also After queueing for 5 mins to get my number I was told I had to go to another tent to sign the liability form then come back and join the queue again. All a bit of a pain in the arse TBH. Why can't everything just be posted out ? - it is 2013. Date of review: May 20, 2013