In short: Hills.friendly,scenic,painful in parts.. In full: Loved this run and had to walk due to injury two days before really lovely club and v scenic but feel sheer. Umbels and one person only in parts on the oaths through the fields an issue with number of entrants so PB unlikely Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Scenic well organised race In full: After a few years break, I enjoyed this race. There is a mix of heath and forest so there was a bit of shade on a hot day. Conditions underfoot were good with gravel paths and some quiet roads. Race is well organised and it was great to see the kids races beforehand. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Perfect: very challenging fun and friendly run - EPIC In full: This run was genuinely EPIC. Amazing atmosphere, awesome food, stunning village that made it hard to leave, friendly faces. I thought it was going to be really intense and hard but this is actually a great marathon to do if you are a chilled out runner as the course is so difficult I didn't feel the need to blast my way round. I had the time to really enjoy the scenery and ambience as well as eating my way through the amazing food stops :) I am still recovering - which really does show how tough this race is but so worth it for the memories of achieving something truly epic. I would also have thought a great marathon to do if you are thinking of stepping up to an ultra but not quite sure you could handle it! This marathon would make you much more confident with your abilties as a runner. THANK YOU SO MUCH and we will be back again next year!! Holly :-) Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race, but too hot on the day. In full: This is my favourite mixed terrain race and the 22nd time I have run it.
The organisation, as usual was excellent, with ample parking, plenty of toilets, enthusiastic marshalls and a nice scenic, virtually traffic free course. The water stations were well positioned and manned. and plenty of water and orange at the finish.
It was very hot, as usual, but thankfully not as hot as last year. I was 8 minutes quicker which either means I was fitter, or had become acclimatised to hotter conditions. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In full: Very nice route with plenty of variety and no hills, particularly enjoyed belting through Gloucester town centre on a Sunday morning! Marshalls/organisation v good. V good useful tech tee and nice medal. Was going to put something about absence of loos but this seems to have been fault of suppliers not organisers so I'll let them off! All in all a cracking morning out and a PB for me! G10k definitely on my fixture list for next year :-) Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Most enjoyable although tough In full: We used this race as long run before a trail race the next week. Very hard. Well organised with a fine spirit amongst the runners Most enjoyable and will enter again next year. Date of review: July 17, 2014
In short: Great organisation and good route In full: I was looking for a race as a follow up to a half marathon from the weekend before, and as i live five mins from the City ground this one was perfect. The event was slickly organised and a great venue for the start, once it left sports city it got a bit boring. It was very disheartening seeing the elite man leading the race coming back onto the main road as we hit 3k and he was at 4.5 at about 13 mins. Good route though and great to see so many different people taking part. Nice little goody bag with a medal & T'shirt. Would certainly do this again and recommend as a race worth doing. Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant organisation, lovely family atmosphere In full: Really cant fault this event! Well done Lymm Runners on a real fun event, great atmosphere, lovely course that was a challenge but not too much of one. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: Pleasant with some challenging hills In full: For the race itself, not much more to add to the reviews already posted. Up and down course, scenic and well organised. Rather humid so not super fast, but compared to the furnace that was last year and the fact it it July, conditions for running weren't too bad!
Only thing I want to add is that unfortunately numbers were well down this year, almost by half. Much of this I think was due to the fact that although he race started at 9am, the earliest train from central London didn't arrive until 8.35am. With a 15-20 minute walk to the start from the station, plus the fact you needed to pick up your race number from the venue, travelling by train would not have been a practical option for most people. I realise that this problem arose from SouthEastern Trains pulling their usual nonsense of never ending weekend engineering works over the summer months and can't be blamed on the race organisers as such. I caught the train last year which had a good crowd of runners on it heading to Dartford. Therefore I can assume that a lot of people would have been put off this year (I don't live too far away so was able to find a bus alternative - took a lot longer though). I'm not sure how much the organisers were aware of this, maybe they knew and I'm just stating the obvious! However if they had been able to push the start back a bit, even if just by 30 minutes then the race would have remained a viable option for a much larger group of people.
In short: Fantastic as usual In full: Yet again, Dartford put on a great event. All staff were fantastic, supportive, encouraging and full of smiles. It was great to see the Scouts and Beavers handing out water. Thanks also to the marshals and the patient vehicle drivers being held at junctions. The course is a challenging one with several hills to test you. Thankfully it wasn't too hot this time but I was glad I took my bladder pack with me. The medal was ok -ish, but good to see that it had the date on it. Perhaps something more that just a banana at the end.
A word of warning - They were strict on headphone use this year. You were warned that they would not be permitted and I did see several officials on the route looking out for, and noting down, AND using their radio to report back to base any offending race numbers. Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: Big West Yorkshire Welcome ....Great Roger Ingham Commentary ! In full: A splendid way of blowing away those winter blues. Touch course, with plenty of ups & downs, but showcases this Pennine Industrial Town well...Parks are particularly impressive. Wonderful turnout of locals to support & Run. Attractive T Shirt for all finishers. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Quite an Expensive One to Enter......but Organisation Spot On & a Very Rewarding Course. In full: I don't normally like mass participation 10k's, but was impressed by the obvious organisation that had gone into this. Lovely Summer Sunshine added to the occasion and it was good to see all shapes & sizes out for a Run. Definitely worth getting up early & "crossing the border" for ......nice T Shirt too ! Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Running Out Over the Bridge couldn't see the shoreline in the mist ......Ran Back in Glourious Sunshine ! In full: A memorable day ......it's like Running the Tyne Bridge ......only longer. Wet & Horrible at the start, which was somewhat chaotic and delayed, which didn't help as we were all soaked to the skin ......16 minute delay. Thereafter a Good Run, well marshalled & some fantastic support from the good people of Humberside, particularly "across the water". Disagree with the comments made about medals on here .....much prefer a decent Technical T Shirt, which we got, rather than just another medal to sit gathering dust. This Run would be spectacular on a glorious Summers Day ! Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Finally Broke the 2 hour Barrier, so it's got to be a favourite ! In full: After coming close to going under 2 hours in my last 2 Half Marathons, finally did it on this one......& it's not the easiest of courses, with all them hills ! Proves if you preserver, good times do happen. Really good organisation and friendly Yorkshire welcome, greatly appreciated in the middle of winter......nice T Shirt too. Well done the Marshalls for sticking at it in not the greatest of weather conditions. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Lovely Run on CLOSED ROADS (a rarity nowadays) on a Sunny Sunday Morning. In full: Very nice friendly atmosphere, some good runners at the front but also competitive for the non club runners such as me. Great weather added to the occasion .....and a very nice dayglow souvenir shirt...very "with it !" Great to chat with the 71 year old Veteran Lady who still Runs 3 times a week at the start - here's hoping I have her vitality in 16 years time ! Date of review: July 15, 2014