In short: Great course, superb marshals, lovely atmosphere and a cracking beer to finish - what more could you possibly want!!! In full: It's comforting to see there are still organisers who want to put on good value events for runners! Well done to Simon and the team for a cracking event. See you next year!
In short: Brutal, beautiful, bizairre... brilliant In full: One of the toughest races I've ever done, yet also the most fun and rewarding. The GHM is set up as a weekend event, so the atmosphere is wonderfully supportive, and the race is so hardcore it needs its own category. Do it next year!! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Outstanding new concept in running In full: 15 miles in total, 13 miles of running, 11 stages, many hills, loads of people, great fun, great medal, BBQ and beer tent, a really great day out in Sheffield. Highly recommended Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Tough without the roads In full: A challenging event that has 3 sandy sections (2 miles) about 1 mile on the road and the rest thru the grass and up high, off road and a solid earth base. Usually some breeze to contend with and hot too - this race is great! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: If it wasn't for the wind In full: Nice Works have organised a good set of evening 5k out and backs along the Clacton prom. Inevitably you will be hit by the wind in one direction or another, but it doesn't matter - it's not fiercely competitive and the organisers are welcoming and kind with warm words and prizes for all types of finisher. These are very inclusive races. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: So much more than just a race! In full: Trademark WSR hills as awesome and demanding as ever. Fantastic marshals, a naked man in a bath, a snowman, horseflies, booze and loads of food! The finish on the village green, with people sitting around in groups eating enormous ice creams makes you hear the whack of leather on willow and imagine a quintessentially English summer village fete, followed by the organised chaos of runners mixing with the locals for a barn dance. WSR races are in a league of their own, and this one is at the top. Incredibly friendly and much fun had by everyone Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Loved it! In full: Great course - friendly from the start (even before the start) Stunning views, challenging hills, Very regular checkpoints which were well stocked and manned by friendly marshals - the cider at mile 20 is always a bonus but on this occasion there was also pink champagne and strawberries as well... Well you don't often get to see a marriage proposal at the start of a race, do you? Lots of variety of food at checkpoints ranging from sausages and scotch eggs, tomatoes, watermelon, oranges, crisps, pretzels, sweets... And those amazing home made cakes Great bling! Top medal, t-shirt and buff / muff
All in all a top day! Well done White Star Running!
In short: Rat Race = Money Grabbing Gits In full: I need to echo the previous comment. When you look at events such as Reading half where they need to pay for road closures in a major town, a fleet of buses to ferry people to and from the station, hire of the Madajski stadium for the start and finish, and then you look at what Rat Race had to provide ... I have no idea how they can defend themselves against profiteering. They then have the cheek to add an "administration charge" of 4.99% to the entry fee and bump the price up (over and above the advertised price on their web site) if you pay on the day.
Rat Race Gits aside, the venue is fantastic, marshalling was good, results were quick to be produced (and so to were the photos) . Only gripes about the organisation is the finish 200m was across very uneven, rutted ground where a sprint finish would have been suicidal.
In short: Challenging Race Through Stunningly Pretty Countryside In full: As always a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Very friendly atmosphere and superb organisation. Marshals all smiled and cheered runners on. Fantastic course with some very steep climbs and descents through wonderful countryside. Prepare well for it especially if you're used to fairly flat road half and marathons. Don't forget the hill work! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: A beautiful, friendly challenge! In full: it is hilly, it is tough, but the views and atmosphere make it seem that much easier. there is no pressure to do well and everyone involved is very friendly. they make a marathon seem like a party! Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: A very difficult, but beautifully organised race In full: This is a brutally difficult race in the most beautiful of surroundings. The organisation is every bit as they claim it is. Although much of the course is, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere, there are marshals all along the route. And every one had an encouraging word and a smile. The attention to detail by the organisers was a miracle to behold.
At the finish, I ached every bit as much as after a marathon. But a day later I'm already thinking about doing it again. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Gorgeous scenery, brilliant atmosphere, great organisation and feed stations with cider and cake! It doesn't get any better than this! In full: Absolutely loved it, what a blast! The scenery was out of this world, the atmosphere incredibly friendly, the marshals were brilliant, and the medal was seriously excellent bling - with a tech t-shirt thrown in.
Then there's the huuuuuuggggeeee ice creams at the end, the barn dance in the evening in the village hall, the yummy chilli with home made bread..... We'll definitely be back next year, it's not just a race it's a big party with a seriously good run thrown in. Date of review: June 29, 2015