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
In short: A tough race in a beautiful place In full: Not really a race for the casual jogger, with plenty of up and down making for a tough course. Organisation was very smooth, with only a slight delay to the start due to a nervous horse. Marshals mostly excellent, but with a few suggesting runners 'Drink loads' at water stops - not good advice :(
In short: Spectacular experience - just don't expect a WR time! In full: The GHM was my first marathon, and I don't think I could have picked a better one. The course was very hilly, but spectacularly scenic and every uphill had a downhill to take the edge off. The views were definitely worth it. Lots of generous aid and water stations kept everyone smiling and sweating, and there was great camaraderie between the runners. The whole event was incredibly well organised, well signposted (both for the route as well as parking areas, camping etc), well supported by the local residents, and the organisers have a great attitude to the whole thing- serious about running the event, and serious about having fun while doing it. A magnificent weekend. Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: This is the best route of the series In full: A late start in coldish conditions. Well organised as usual with enthusiastic marshalls. A good medal which is themed throughout the series Well worth supporting Date of review: June 29, 2015
In short: Tough but brilliant In full: It was my second time doing this race so I knew what I had let myself in for! The climbs are hard, and even the down hill bits are hard at times- trying to keep on your feet. The scenery, views, support from marshals and fellow runners all make it worthwile though. It's a super friendly race, really well organised and I hope to be back again. Date of review: June 29, 2015