In short: Best run of the year - Again! In full: Toughest race I do all year and keep coming back every year. Has everything, very tough course, but a wonderful atmosphere, very friendly race, great marshalls. Magnificent day - I imagine Dr Rob actually planned the weather as well. When I can I sign up for next year? Date of review: November 13, 2016
In short: Muddy, hilly, and lots of fun In full: This race lived up to expectations. Everything ran smoothly from the time I entered. The hills were tough and there were some devilish additions to the course but the friendly marshals kept everyone going. And, as the saying goes, if you are going to put yourself through hell, you might as well do it somewhere picturesque.
Other things worth noting: As it was Remembrance Sunday, a one minute silence was observed at the start of the race which I thought was very respectful. The excellent finishers t-shirt made up for the lack of a medal. Date of review: November 13, 2016
In short: A good 10 mile race to maintain your fitness. In full: The marshalls were great and very encouraging. Hilly course to keep you on your toes and a lovely course with a nice downhill finish. Trafffic at the start of the race was a bit busy but petered out. Well organised and definitely worth turning up for. Date of review: November 13, 2016
In short: Brilliant race, very unassuming. Will definately be back. In full: What a lovely race, really enjoyed it. 2 killer hills but the descents make up for it. Lovely fast,long downhill stretch to finish. Great atmosphere. Date of review: November 13, 2016
In short: Muddy Unique Forest Run In full: This is the fifth time I have run this race and although tough it is great fun. It is ALWAYS muddy (the rain gods alwauys ensure that it pours down the week before the race!) Marshals are always good but this year were outstandingly supportive and friendly. Not one didn't offer words of encouragement. Thank you Ashford Tri for another great event Date of review: November 13, 2016
In short: Toughest Thing I've every Done but an Absolute Must Do! In full: I entered the first two days of Hell of a Hill this year, I was looking for a midweek back to back in my pursuit of hitting 100 marathons by the end of the year (these were 92 and 93). This was without doubt the toughest race I have ever completed but one of the best organised and most enjoyable. The heated marquee which is the Race HQ is superb, a great place for runners to mingle before and after and avail of the copious amounts of free food on offer and also to get a massage/physio if required. The marshalling on the course was second to none with fantastic encouragement and enthusiasm from volunteers who would be there for over 8 hours in all weathers. The course is an absolute beast, there are no easy parts just sections which are slightly less difficult. The steepest sections of the climb and steps were virtually impossible to run up so the walking wasn't too bad, personally I found the descent more difficuly on the rocky paths which were the most unforgiving surfacces for feet and ankles. I came a cropper about four miles in on the 2nd day and went over on my ankle but managed to finish (although my ankle had swollen like a balloon that night) but the sense of achievement from finishing both days was amazing and the buzz in the marquee at the end was great. I don't know if I would be mentally or physically up to the challenge of 5 in 5 yet but may return next year for days 3-5 to complete the remainder of the wonderful jigsaw puzzle medal. If you really want a race to push yourself to the limit which is great value for money this is the event for you. I'll definitely be back. Date of review: November 12, 2016
In short: Excellent course - terrible organisation In full: Really enjoyed the course, beautiful scenery, well marked and great marshals. Nice long-sleeved tech top at the end.
However, I feel the organisation really let this event down. The start was chaotic. Long queues for collecting numbers and timing chips. Safety pins and cable ties not in the envelopes - I had to go back searching for them. Eventually they ran out of safety pins!
Tannoy announcements were made that the race rules had changed that morning and headphones were now banned - not sure why this decision couldn't have been made or communicated earlier?
Long queue for bag drop which meant the race start was delayed by about 10 minutes. Very long queue to collect bags at the end.
Not enough portaloos - I was in a long queue.
I enjoyed the race and will be back next year but really hope better organisation to make the start and finish a better experience for everyone. Date of review: November 12, 2016
In short: Great race, shame about the organisation In full: I do this one every year. Lovely scenery, great marshals, challenging hills, beautiful weather. And a banana at the end. But ...
Chaos at number pickup because you couldn't see which queue to join till you got to the front. Longest queue ever for bag drop - we gave up and ran back to the car (which saved a huge wait at the end as well). Mayhem at the finish line where you could hardly get over the chip timer hump for the crush beyond - and the guy on the desk seemed more worried about a medal that had gone missing than getting people moving through. Hope you can do better next year, Marlow! Date of review: November 9, 2016
In short: Well organised scenic flat river run In full: I have run this event a number of times now and it's great race. Well organised, scenic course running along the Thames from Kingston to Kew gardens and back. It's pretty flat and traffic free. It's a fairly quick course although probably not a PB because some of the tow path sections can get muddy. And nice homemade cakes at the finish! A good race for beginners as well and well worth trying if you've not done it before. Date of review: November 8, 2016
In short: A magical meander In full: A lovely experience, the combination of a scenic course, great organisation, low numbers and friendliness, made for a special race. A great intro to running on trails, although beware of dog walkers, hikers and cyclists on the busiest parts. And yes, be mentally prepared for the final 1.9 miles which cruelly takes you right past the finish in a loop out and then back. Date of review: November 8, 2016
In short: Beautiful trail run along the Thames In full: My fourth time here and I'll definitely be back.
The course is a pretty route along the Thames. It's mostly very well maintained trail, a few puddles and a bit stony underfoot which you only notice through your trainers once you've pounded about 20 miles.
You may end up running a fair way on your own near the end, as the runners get pretty spread out, but there is always someone in view. It's a popular race with ultra running and marathon-a-month types and very friendly. Also perfect for beginners as there really are runners of all abilities.
A super-relaxed, well-organised event. Date of review: November 8, 2016
In short: Best 10K in the South of England In full: Being a former Strider maybe I'm a bit biased, but this is such a well organsied race. The course is good and pb potential for sure. The marshals are super friendly and everso encouraging. Having your first name on the number bib is good and makes the come on's! personal. I never hear a bad word afterwards when everyone is collecting their medals Mars bar and bottle of water. This is a 10K other running clubs could learn from. Excellent from start to finish. Well done Striders, best running club by miles. Date of review: November 7, 2016
In short: A welcome addition to the East Midlands calendar In full: I really do like 10m races so doing this was a given despite doing HM the week before. Use of Derby FC facilities meant everyone kept warm pre-race on a chilly morning. Course is the proverbial 'pancake' and uses many parts of other Derby races including the scenic Elvaston Country Park. One small suggestion for organisers is that bottled water (as opposed to cups)should be given at halfway as well as at 8m - maybe a logistical issue. All in all a very good debut for this race. Date of review: November 7, 2016