In short: A tough one when never ran trail before In full: This was definitely a challenge for me I am a road runner (only for a year) and didn't really read up on the race before I signed up! Very muddy on and had to use leg muscles never used before! However, the organization and venue were spectacular, runners of all abilities, and the Marshals made it even more welcoming! Thank you to them all who stood in the freezing weather, though must have been entertaining to see a few slips and slides! Date of review: January 18, 2016
In short: Good VFM race , In full: Good VFM race not far from home with a good challenging , but not stupid course. Would certainly run again. Well organised , plenty of parking and really enjoyed it . Date of review: January 18, 2016
In short: Great Summer 10k - very well organized In full: The 'track' finish is the highlight. But great facilities. Easy parking. Showers afterwards! Great marshals. Well done. A great race. Date of review: January 17, 2016
In short: A region-level classic race somewhat aided by the race-day snow! In full: This is the 3rd time I've done this and love it both for the beautiful scenery, fantastic race HQ venue and the varied terrain, which tests the full range of technical skills and fitness to the max. Everyone will have bits they love and bits they dread - that's the beauty of the event and the reason why it's so friendly and non-elitist, well-represented by all levels of runner. Date of review: January 17, 2016
In short: My great eccentric wife says it is a great eccentric run, who's to argue. In full: I know it's a bit late but this race takes a while to recover from, especially with extra hills. Think this was my 7th and it gets better each year, it does I don't. Can't blame the long flowing locks of my fancy dress, more the fact it is mud, incessant inclines and declines, rocks, chalk, stiles, cow pats and more mud, but must not forget the Piper, the Jaffa cakes, the Marshalls and the fab soup. And now it's called a fell race, fantastic! Date of review: January 17, 2016
In short: If you fancy a laugh and want to run a relay with a couple of mates then have a go...otherwise avoid like the plague! In full: I couldn't resist the allure of this race as it gave me an excuse to return home to Ireland for a visit but that's where the fun stopped. My complaints have been listed by pretty much every other review stated which is a testament to the stubbornness of the organisers.I completed the Manchester marathon a few weeks previous and it really was a case of chalk and cheese in terms of organisation and support.
Pros -The medal was decent
Cons -lack of water bottles in favour of plastic cups (This issue gets raised every year and the organisers spout the same rubbish about health and safety although it seems to work ok with the majority of other marathons. It's also worth noting that they have no problem distributing energy drinks in bottles...) -The relay runners. They heavily outnumber the marathon runners and are really demotivating as you are constantly surrounded by fresh faces speeding past you. -Relay changeover points. There is heavy congestion at the changeover points with the relay runners stopping (usually in the middle of the road) to find their partners. There were no barriers here and spectators and waiting runners spilled into the road further reducing the available space. At one point I actually had to shout at a runner to move when she blocked the road to take a 'selfie. -Lack of aid. I was promised several aid stations with energy drinks but found they had ran out at every single one by the time I got there (Relay runners again). -The route. Belfast has so many fantastic landmarks so why on earth did we get stuck with the dual carriageway next to city airport and a sewage treatment plant in an industrial estate at mile 20 !?! -The support. At Manchester upon entering a new area we were greeted by cheering crowds and all sorts of bands and roadside entertainment which really helped keep us going. In Belfast the only distractions were a boy playing drums (he didn't seem like he'd been playing them for very long) and a radio tent playing Hozier- Take me to Church (whoever thought this would lift a flagging runner's spirits needs to have their head examined! The spectators themselves generally stood stationary and silent looking on as if it was our jobs to amuse them...
I could go on but it's all been said before. This had the potential to be a decent race but the organisers seem content with mediocrity. It would be an improvement to list the marathon as a purely relay race with the option of a solo entry so entrants would know what they are in for. Date of review: January 17, 2016
In short: It really is the " SPECIAL ONE " In full: Just done this race for the third year on the trot and i love it every time , this year the weather was better ( not so cold ) but the course was muddier and wetter than before which made things interesting . Steve as usual does a brilliant job of organising this and once again thanks to the villagers of Milton Lilbourne for giving me an excuse to visit your lovely village ! This race gives you great value at £18 , a damn site better and more exciting than one of these false obstacle races that seem to popular these days !! Definitely back nest year !!! Date of review: January 16, 2016