In short: Gets Better Every Year! In full: This is the fifth time I've run the Fleet Half Marathon and definitely the best experience yet. The organisation is fantastic; an extremely friendly race which is welcoming to all abilities and great facilities. The varied route is certainly quick with the town centre and numerous pubs on the way contributing to a wonderful atmosphere. Well done and thank you, definitely back next year! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Yesterday I said never again... In full: I was an Ashby virgin! Furthest race distance I'd done before was half marathons. Peer pressured into this one, and whilst it's a tough course, for a novice like me it is very doable. They say a good training run for spring marathons like London etc. But it's not flat. The support is great and water stations are well placed. If you don't want to run a marathon,but want more of a challenge than a half. This is it!!
In short: One of my all-time favourite races In full: Ran this yesterday. It was brilliant. A two-lap route through nice scenery (I like this as you know what's coming in the second half), great support from marshals, the water stations and the locals.
The water stations were the best of any non-marathon race I've ever run - plentiful, well-populated, with cups, bottles, fruit and gels, and great encouragement.
Great reward at the end of an excellent quality hoodie. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In full: 4 years in a row and a 6 min pb for me. Love this race, excellent prep for spring marathons. Marshalls and organisation second to none AND what a fab goody bag. Cheese cob, a hoody and a pb, what more could a Lady want! See you all next year Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Fab race but getting to and from the car park another story In full: This is the second time for me and managed a Lincoln PB by a minute. My only complaint would be the signage to direct runners to the car parks, bearing in mind the main route for me was closed and my garmin continually tried to send me in various directions other than the one I wanted! Leaving Lincoln was a nightmare and took over an hour to get from the car park to the outskirts of the city. I liked the baggage arrangement this year. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Brilliant race, great atmosphere, friendly marshals, excellent organisation In full: What more can I say? This is my third time at ashby as it was as well organised as ever. Excellent Marshall's and regular well stocked stations with bottled water, gels, jelly babies and chocolate! Undulating course but not too challenging. A great marathon prep run. Fab goodie bag with banana, cheese sandwich and biscuits an of course the famous hoodie! I do not know how they can offer all this at the bargain price of the race! Thanks again ashby, I'll be back! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Brilliant! In full: Brilliantly organised race, friendly people and top rated marshals! A big mixture of abilities! Lovely atmosphere! I will be back next year!! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: More ups than downs In full: Whilst preferring trails,this road race offered a pretty decent challenge of fast downs and not so fast hills. Excellently marshalled and well sign posted.A well positioned start/finish means there's dead easy parking within 100m or so of the finish. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Well done Hastings, Brilliant Everything. In full: Second time I have done this race (missed it last year due to Rome Marathon) and it will definately not the last. The hills on the first half are tough especially the one up Queensway which seems to go on for ages. But what goes up always comes down, the downhills were very fast. Exciting fast section through the town near the end which was full of bellowing supporters, and I loved the last couple of miles along the seafront. Amazing organisation and fantastic crowd support, high fives all the way! Big thanks to the marshall for standing outside in the chilly wind. The free hot tea at the end was a nice touch, and the horses brass medal is great. Will definately be in the diary for 2016 and for many to come!
In short: Excellent organisation with a great course In full: This was easily one of the best organised races I've been to. The local support was also fantastic. Ample parking nearby, good sign-posting, friendly and helpful marshals, plenty of loos, good bag storage. Slightly riper bananas would help :-)
Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't tried it before.
In full: Toilet facilities at the start were woeful, huge queues with 10 mins to start time which resulted in lots of people peeing on the side of the leisure centre. Course was coned off and in many places was far too narrow. Nice to get a text with your time at the finish, and nice finish pack with t-shirt, medal etc. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Good quality field, well organised, fast 10k. In full: Race set-up is very good, handy sports centre close to start/finish, excellent organisation, and the race attracts a quality field, so good for pulling you around for a fast time. There is an incline at 3.5k but this is followed by a very gentle downhill/flat section which takes you through to 8k, before a few more turns and then a final k to the finish. I'm really not that bothered about scenery when PB-chasing, but the support on course for a local race was pretty good, and the whole set-up is very well run. I also like the field size, large enough for a bit of atmosphere, not so large that you get the queues of a mass event. (The toilets seemed to be a particularly hassle-free experience compared to some races!) PB bagged, would run again! Date of review: March 23, 2015