In short: Great atmosphere with a stunning but challenging course. Fantastic every year! In full: Love this race. It's dirty and hilly but the views and the atmosphere make it all worth while. The marshals and the Fool do a wonderful job. All this and at the end of the day it's a charity fund raiser. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: fast In full: my times get better in this race today i pushed myself all the way and got 1h34 loved the goody bag well done Clowne road runners again see you next year Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Hills & Mud have rarely been so much fun In full: Absolutely loved this race, stunning backdrop, well organised, super friendly atmosphere, great t-shirt & Medal, free coffee before and after, beer upon finishing. Really loved this race, really hard race but I'll definitely be back for more. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: No amount of training will prepare you for this, you will never forget this one! In full: I am sitting here typing having finished the run at 1pm, however I don't really feel like moving! My legs are toast, however this is an incredible race with fantastic organisation, amazing views and is very supportive, with superb facilities is it hard? You find out! Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: It's a bit wet in places In full: I've done a fair bit of running around the Mole Hills so I thought I'd stretch myself beyond the half marathon distance. Seemed a good idea, but following a wet week and torrential rain over night that idea didn't look quite so wise. I was amazed that so many teams and individuals turned out. 1 mile in you hit the steps up Box Hill (missing the stepping stones which were under water). After that the rest of the course was a breeze. Loads of great marshalls even in that weather, organisation was great. Didn't get any views though, so back next year to see them! Thanks ETL. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Great fun! In full: Great marshalling (despite the heavy rain), excellent organisation and mud(!) made this a very enjoyable race. With a medal and a bottle of beer at the end, waht more could you want? :o) Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Another magnificent race by Clowne Road Runners In full: I love this race, its undulating (but not so hard) and rural. Often the weather is against you - this year it was kind.
The organisation is second to none, Clowne Road Runners do a superb job. The locals and marshalls are full of cheer along the route, its very uplifting.
The goody bag is amazing considering its not an expensive run (around £13 if I recall correctly). My bag had a T-shirt, power drink, crumpets, a Tunnocks bar, blister plasters and banana in it. At the finish line there is flapjack, and there are jelly babies around the course.
Parking is easy and free. Its a fab run, I will be back next year ... and the year after that and ... Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Well done on a great race. Chip timing nightmares! In full: I would be asking for a sizeable deduction of my fee from the chip timing people. They were all over the place and for the prize giving to take place more than 1 1/2 hours after the winner was poor. And even then the prizes were given to the wrong people. It was a good job that most of the 'real' prize winners were still there as they could then claim their rightful prizes (after the prize giving) due to the others not being present. Feel awful for the organisers though - not your fault, yet it reflects on you. Choose HS Sports for your chip timing next time! Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Ohhhh that's why they call it HILLY !!!! In full: Brilliant race with fantastic organisation from beginning to end. Marshall's friendly, runners friendly. Very, Very tough but absolutely loved it. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Loved it In full: This is not an easy course..and i would not recommend it as a first hm! However i found the 5 and abit laps not as boring as i thought..got chatting to other runners all very nice. Marshals were they needed to be. Spectators stand was great full of cheer and the parking was the best i have come across, no huge queue to get in/out. Quite tough for pb potential but i managed it :) Overall very enjoyable :) Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Hilly 1st half, flatter 2nd half In full: An interesting race with challenging terrain. First half has most the climbs, the second half alot flatter with gentle undulations. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In full: Donington castle half-marathon. It was 5 laps of the 2.5mile circuit with a bit added on at the start. It was well organised and the race circuit meant traffic free running. But.........it was a rolling course. We went downhill, not a steep downhill, but a downhill start for around 1-2km, and then some sweeping bends, not sharp turns, but you need to lean into them like track running. And then, steep down hill and then steep 1km hill which went up and round, and then up again... and then its back to the start. And so a fast lap but a tough one as you get down the hills quickly and spend more time going up them.
The race mixes up and its busy on the track. Traffic free though. Its a good race and we will do it next year. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Liked it....very satisfying In full: Hilly - well described as such. However the inclines are just (for me anyway) runnable ....very slowly, this made for an extremely satisfying run; it is soul-destroying to trudge up hill after hill in some events.
Lots of free parking. Loads of toilets. Changing facilities. Showers (very necessary....more mud than a mud factory) a queue, but only a short wait. Free tea, coffee and biscuits - before and after. Friendly marshals, well marked course and the reassuring presence of qualified first-aid folk. Location great - changing in jockeys' room, running alongside course. Couple of nice quirks - singing national-anthem at start, bottle of beer and carrot ( with nice chewy/nutty bar thing, nice tec -tee and fine medal).
In short: A great job putting this on in heavy rain In full: This is the third event I've run with energised sports and I've enjoyed them all. Friendly organisers and plenty of marshals, lots of whom really do give out that extra encouragement to gee you along. I obviously had a different experience to a couple of the comments on here because I finished today thinking what a fantastic job they'd done in appalling conditions. Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Muddy Shenanigans In full: First time event and held on a filthy, wet rainy day. It was fantastic! Run 5k out on a combo of lanes and very muddy forest trails. Then 1k of excellent woodland obstacles including two great river jumps and a log carry up a steep, sludgy hill. Then that 5k back again. If you love mud, love the Surrey hills and woodlands and have a sense of humour then this is the event for you. Nice showers afterwards, plus a Tshirt and bacon rolls. Great marshals despite the awful weather. Charming atmosphere and definitely one to do again. Date of review: November 23, 2014