In short: This definitely Yorkshire flat! Very hilly, stunning views on a nice day (which it was), not a PB course. But a definite one for the diary, set in a wonderful location, superbly organised and marshalled, and all funds go to Barnsley Hospice. Date of review: October 19, 2014
In short: Good fun, but definitely not worth the extortionate entrance fee In full: OK, you don't enter a race on the basis of what you get for finishing it, but please......a Lucozade Energy Drink. That was it! I did send an email afterwards to the organisers saying that the event was quite good, but was NOT good value at £40. I also questioned the overall distance being 10K and that for example, three rows of hay bails that we had to climb over, and were set probably 5m apart, does NOT in my view, count as three separate challenges. It's one challenge. So I think it was falsely advertised on the basis of the number of challenges the race boasted. The response I had back, was somewhat defensive - "nobody else has commented on this, and anyway, it WAS good value because there was free parking." So, we probably saved what, a fiver? And we were strongly encouraged beforehand, to car share in order to save on spaces. So probably £2.50 per person was saved.
Overall a good race. Lots of fun as it was a unique experience. But it was about £15 too expensive. Date of review: October 19, 2014
In short: Good first-time marathon with potential to improve. In full: For a first time marathon in my home city, it went well. Despite the late start, the two-lap route was nice, challenging. Somewhat quiet here and there but expected. The marshals who volunteer their time were brilliant. It has the potential to improve as long as iron a few issues.
They need to better control Central Park for 2nd lap runners if this happens next year. It was hard especially with the pedestrians coming through. Central Park is the main walking/cycling route to city centre so would rather use this as the start and finish.
I think they can certainly use some roads for next year which would take out the grass areas and Central Park.
For a first-time event its a great success and the organisers should be proud of pulling off despite the weather trying to ruin it. Well done!
In short: Undulating with friendly marshals In full: The last 3k was all downhill I don't actually enjoy hills and this was the hardest 10K course I have every run ...... I can't believe that I am writing this, but I absolutely loved this event and will be back next year. Thanks for organising Date of review: October 19, 2014
In short: Good fun race, mostly off road with a couple of hills In full: I thought this was a super race. Its mostly off road on tracks and through parks. Its a two lap race with a particularly nasty hill (grass and very slippy). In parts it wasn't easy to get a good grip - but a fab run and a magnificent atmosphere.
Worth not worrying too much about your time and just enjoying the run in honesty.
Fab goodie bag, pleanty of parking and super organisation.
The only bit of feedback from me would be that we didn't seem to have kilometer markers on the second time round the laps ... But I'm being picky.
I will certainly put it in my diary for next year, but if its wet I may chose a different set of running shoes. Date of review: October 19, 2014
In short: First race, very enjoyable. In full: I am a local and loved the race, the atmosphere was great and the odd fun surprise in the wood. Hopefully do better next year. Date of review: October 18, 2014
In short: brilliant! In full: I took part this race on the recommendation of my girlfriend, who ran it last year, and I was not disappointed. A live band, hot samosas, and two gorillas! what more could you ask for? Just the best 10k I have ever run in. See you next year Date of review: October 18, 2014
In short: Count me in for next year In full: Excellent organisation, loads of support in town and a nice course although the wheels came off big time in the final stretch round the racecourse - tough mentally and physically. Date of review: October 18, 2014
In short: Running with a buddy really does do it for me plus the marshals and organisers are fab. In full: Think I have covered the main reasons that I enjoy this event. The organisation is seamless and the marshals just make a hard run so much fun. Running with a buddy makes this a social thing rather than a solo slog across muddy fields and along tracks. If my partner is up for this, I will be signing up for 2015. Can't say fairer than that! Date of review: October 18, 2014
In short: Great course, great support. Absolute winner In full: 3rd time i have run this and it gets better every time. Road, trail, mud, paths, hills, gorillas and samosa's. Is there any better way to spend to a Sunday morning. Amazing support all the way round from marshals and spectators - Special thanks to the guy at 8k telling me that the smile on my face meant i wasn't working hard enough!! See you next year Date of review: October 17, 2014