In short: Hils, views, then more hills In full: They said hills, and I'd thought I'd trained for them - but they were tough. Especially the ploughed field hill after 8 miles. Nice 'small' run - no queues, no prolonged start. Very well marshaled, very friendly. Great views. But about 1 min /mile slower than I thought- but that was the hills and a few energy sapping fields. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: What a BEAST of a hill to run up at the start! In full: Not terribly long (1k approx.) but just SO steep! Then a 7k-ish gently undulating loop, with a few "slopes" in each direction, before a fast downhill finish nearly 2k in length. Course was clear but marshals a bit subdued! Nice run in to the finish funnel, and welcoming more marshals at the end. Nice little canvas goody bag to go with the medal. Very pleasant morning's run. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Absolutely brilliant :-) In full: Second time I've done this event and it was once again magnificent, unbelievable amount of fancy dressers of all types, so funny. Drink, food, great medal & tech t shirt, plus excellent organization and fabulous marshals, what more could you want from an event? In my opinion, nothing :-) Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Excellent series In full: I have done this series for a few years now. Nice Work's races are always brilliantly organised and I really enjoy them. the only issue with this series is the Ashford Youth shouting the occasional 'funny' comment (and they were nicking the signs this time!) but apart from that love it! Will be back next year, and the year after and the year after....! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Some nice views hard hills challenging run In full: Would definitely run again, it's a challenge but worth the effort, need some good shoes as it gets a bit rough and don't run it if you don't like cows. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Poor course, middling organisation, great local support In full: At one level I can't complain. 3:36 gave me a PB in my post 60 year old racing career. Despite the unadvertised hills!
But I was less than impressed with having to pick up a race number by 5pm the previous day forcing the expense of an overnight stay (not mentioned when I registered). Race parking was not evident to those of us not from the local area.The course was terrible - in particular the second half of the marathon which seemed entirely based in either housing or industrial estates.And, as I write this over 24 hours after my race ended no results have been uploaded on to the race web site.
The key redeeming feature was the warmth of the spectator's support - it really helped on those hills. But I doubt I'll be back Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Fabulour, friendly, well organised, well supported in a beautiful location! What more could you ask for?? In full: This event was ran in a very professional and organised manner with every single person involved in the event ticking all boxes for what they were responsible for on the day-even beyond the call of duty! I had been wished luck and told to enjoy the day at least half a dozen times by CPRC volunteers and that was just on the way to the registration tent! This being my first race I was very apprehensive and not sure what to respect but within minutes I had been made to feel at ease by all at the club. All around the course, at every corner there were different themes marshal stations and this really broke the race up as you really looked forward to what fancy dress/theme was literally around the next corner!! A couple of challenging hills which, as a beginner, I had to walk half of but this is all part of the fun of the countryside and beautiful National Trust Grounds! Even members of public were cheering you as you raced and felt the applause and cheers pushing me all the way around the course and I eventually finished 5 minutes faster than my previous 5k PB thanks to all @ CPRC!! I look forward to the event next year, and you never know, I may be in a position to enter the 10k next time around! Again, cant thank everyone involved enough, BRAVO CPRC!!!! 10/10!!!!! P.S The beautiful carved wooden medal is very fitting to the location and takes pride of place on my mantel piece!! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: A well-organised race around the best of Cheltenham In full: - Well organised - Great support around the majority of the course - Loved the water pouches - Didn't mind the challenge of the racecourse. Wasn't as bad as expected but more support there would be good - Very happy with a 3 min PB
In short: Beautiful setting, organised like clockwork. I love trail running In full: Very well organised event by the Chineham Park Running Club. By the looks of it a huge effort was put in by many members to make this a very memorable and enjoyable day. Great for both beginners and experienced a like. Would highly recommend it.
In short: Back next year In full: Entered this race after glowing reviews last year and it did not disappoint. Superbly organised, friendly stewards, well supported around the course plus lovely prize giving ceremony on band stand after the race. Tough old route and the hill at 8k puts PB potential out the window, but this does not detract from an overall fantastic event. Congrats to all the organisers. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Big, muddy hills, lovely scenic English views and a great atmosphere In full: This is the second 10K by PB Race events that I've run, and I've enjoyed both immensely. The organisation is first rate and very professional, with a great team of marshals to urge you on at every part of the race. The 1st Shoreham Woods 10K was a 'challenging' run, which I'm sure a few entrants under estimated. I couldn't see the big, muddy hills from the start line, and didn't want to scare myself with a look at the terrain profile- I thought North Kent was quite flat.. Overall, a superb run, well organised, marked out, with a fantastic atmosphere- I'll certainly be back next time! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Very hard but very rewarding! In full: What a race! Very tough in places but wonderful scenery, brilliantly organised with superb marshals - can't wait to do it again next year!! Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: A good race, hope it returns in 2015 In full: (Half Marathon Review)
A good effort from the organisers for the first running of the event. I was a bit concerned about the half finishing well away from the full marathon finish but some homework with Google Maps meant we could meet our lift without needing to use the shuttle bus back to Queens Park.
Race packs had to be collected from the Casa hotel in Chesterfield on Friday or Saturday, so something to watch out for if you aren't local and only planned to be in town on race day.
There's a longish drag on a dual carriageway and a section through an business park (think dull warehouses) but you have to get the miles in somewhere for a half or full. Some nice green rural sections to offset the less scenic bits though.
Great support in places from the locals, especially at Hasland. My 8th half marathon and I still got goosebumps running through the noise there.
Plenty of supplies out on course with fruit, chocolate and a big 2 litre bottle of water at the finish.
4 out of 5 for PB potential from me. The middle of the course undulates a bit, but the downhills let you get that time (and more) back. End result was a new half PB by five minutes. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In full: Good venue, a distance for everyone (1k, 3k, 5k, 10k), marshalled car-parking, well-organised number collection, non-stop chat from the commentator, nice atmosphere with drinks and refreshments available afterwards.
Not the easiest route, with some fairly tough climbs on trail paths, over 2 laps. At least you knew what was coming after the first lap! Km markers were spot-on with my Garmin until the very last, making the course possibly a few meters short.
No complaints - a very nice race to do. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Quick Half Marathon In full: I ran the half marathon in this new race. The organisation on the day was excellent and this is an event that has the potential to grow.
Few learning curves along the way for the organiser but nothing that took away from an excellent day.
I ran a 9 minute Half Marathon PB on an undulating course. Great support from the people of Chesterfield around te route and good party in the Park at the end of the event. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: A well organised event with a pleasant route In full: The route is nice, with much of the race on footpaths or the canal towpath, and some on a reasonably wide pavement. The course is really flat so there is good PB potential, although the towpath might be a bit slower if very wet, depending on your shoe choice.
The event was well organised, with everything that you'd need: toilets, bag drop, etc. It is worth noting that the bag drop is outside so if it was raining then those whose bags weren't waterproof might have had disappointingly wet spare kit at the end!
If I race the route again then I might wear shoes with slightly more robust soles as I could feel the lumpy and stony surface of the towpath through my skimpy Brooks T7s. Date of review: September 15, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere, varied and interesting route In full: Thanks to everyone who worked to put on this excellent race. Lovely weather, a nice mix of road and trail, lots of atmosphere and delicious bacon butties from the scouts! Date of review: September 15, 2014