In short: The most fun you can have on a hill with you clothes on! In full: This is a fantastic race/series, tough but brilliantly organised, well supported, and the generous cuts offs and looped course mean you don't have to be mountain-proof to make it through. There's tons of info on the race website and Facebook pages to help you make up your mind but don't hang around, it's bound to fill up quickly after this year! Date of review: November 27, 2013
In short: A flat, fast course but too expensive and no official photos In full: Flat -yes. Fast -yes. But no t-shirt and a bog-standard medal makes the price pretty steep. But my biggest gripe is that the organisers failed to engage an official event photographer this year - every other major race manages that so why not this one? Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Lovely, lovely race! (but where was the lucozade?) In full: Done this the last two years, and PB each time - so although the Orme is tough, there's plenty of opportunity to make the time up on the run in. The Sea Cadets at the top of the Orme were great. Someone mentioned Lucozade at the end. I didn't see that (and I could have murdered a Lucozade!). The hoodies seemed a size too small (at least mine did). Quite like the medal - it's a little different. Overall a lovely run, and pretty good value I think (some others you pay a tenner more and no t-shirt!). Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: £16 quid for a 100g pudding. Your having a laugh! In full: I usually do not mind paying any fees as it is to support the particular event. Felt a bit cheated with poor goody bag. Organisation good and support does need recognising. I want to do it again next year as it is local. But do not want to feel dissapointed by the size of the pudding again. Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: A very well organised Half Marathon In full: A very well organised Half Marathon which is staged with the help of over 200 volunteers. This year was my 6th Norwich Half marathon on the spin and my fastest ever half marathon (knocking 4 minutes off a pervious PB). Firstly the entry price for this half marathon is very reasonable compared to other races across the country. Good facilities, clean toilets, shower, car parking, refreshments for spectators, pre and after race massage available. The route follows a two lap course through rural countryside just outside of Norwich (traffic free). The route is mainly flat with a 2 plus mile downhill section, which being a two lap course you do twice. There is a steady climb for quarter of mile on the course, but that is your only uphill! On finishing, your name is called out over the PA system (nice touch), a great bespoke medal (one of the best you will receive) and a goody bag filled with things you want after a race. Water, energy drink, mars bar, crisps, cereal bar, etc and no unwanted bits of rubbish. Having completed a number of Half Marathons across the UK in the last 5 years, this race stands up as to one of the best. Now looking forward to next year! Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Muddy start, tough middle, monty python ending... Good Beer! In full: Tough race, mad finish, prepare to dig in with toes & fingers and anything else you have to hand up the escarpment near the end :-}
In short: Definitely a race to remember In full: An enjoyable friendly race. Well organised and marshalled with a lovely scenic route. It was a small field so there were big spaces between runners which is unusual in a race and sometimes made you wonder if you were on the right route. With just a few more runners it would have been really good except for the climb at around 10 miles! Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Lovely run but very poor organisation In full: The actual run itself was great, however it was badly organised throughout. No first aid, very few marshalls, not nearly enough parking, not enough toilets, ran out of t-shirts, huge queues to enter and disappointing prizes for the winners. It took a week for results to go up as the organiser went off on a skiing holiday. Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Excellent if you want a fast course In full: Yes it's true - this is a great race! The course is very fast, very flat, well organised with a great turnout (sold out to 2000 entries this year), good value compared to "bigger races" (£16 entry), and a very good chance to get a PB if you're in the shape for it (I got one, 6 years after my last).
My GPS measured a total of 21.12km, so no complaints there (and a grand total of 11 metres of ascent!) and the mile markers all seemed bang on track.
The only "negative" as others have noticed is the scenery - but that's not why I do road races.
In full: A mudtastic romp through glorious Somerset countryside. Be prepared - read the reviews before entering, invest in some good trail shoes and train on those hills. Then enjoy the day! My first off-road half, I knew no one else but felt a real part of one passionate and rather masochistic community - fabulous! The friendly marshals with their endless encouragement, handing out jelly sweets and Jaffa cakes made me feel like a carefree kid. The other quirky touches (God Save the Queen at the start, the Fool on the Hill and carrots and beer at the finish) add to the atmosphere. And a great T shirt and medal to boot. A must in next year''s Calendar. Thanks Trionium and all your able helpers! Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Beautiful race, beautifully organised. In full: Thanks to all for a great morning. I will make this a feature of my race diary every year now as the scenery is terrific and the course challenging enough without being off-putting. Loved the hills and the views they provided. Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Well organised race In full: My 2nd time running this race and I enjoyed it. The venue is good with plenty of facilities and shelter from the bitterly cold wind (although no heating). Parking was easier this year - a short walk as the venue is so huge. Heard of problems getting out but we stayed around for a long time afterwards so did not get caught up in the queues to leave.
Race is 2 laps through country roads and villages, with some stretches on closed main roads. Nice scenery. Didn't feel over crowded and good mix of runners (we were pretty near the back!).
Marshals were really excellent and very encouraging, they must have been freezing standing about in the cold for hours yet they still had a smile on their faces.
Drinks were water in cups and 1 stop for Gatorade (also in cups).
The goodybag was nice as it had plenty of food in it - always good! There was also an energy (Red Bull-style) which wasn't great for immediately after running but perfect for the long drive home when feeling tired). Medal was very nice and chunky :) Massage available afterwards for a donation to charity.
No PB for me as was running with 2 friends quite new to running so stuck at their pace but I would say this is a pretty good course for a PB (last year I got a good time here).
Will probably do it again in the future but it is quite a long way for me to travel so probably not every year. Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: I suspect the best marathon in the UK In full: Can't really stress too much just what a fantastic event this is. Tops all other marathons I've done in many areas. I had a concern that an 8 lap route would be tedious. Anything but, moorlands with amazing views from the Pennines to Wales followed by beautiful woodland. The best toilet facilities by a country mile. Brilliantly organised and supported, Phil couldn't have done anymore to maximise the runner experience. Superbly stocked check point, just about everything you could require. Topped off with the biggest and best medal I've ever received. A number of runners had completed all 5 days, leaving me having done just one feeling a little inadequate. I'd suggest doing all 5 days. Like he Marathan de sables at 4% of the cost. Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Cracking little race In full: but then, as my club organise it, I would say that! Stunning route, deceptively tough. No massively long hills, but lots of short, sharp ups and downs (all of which have mud and water lying in the bottom of them!) that play havov with your rhythm. Constantly changing terrain keeps you fresh and engaged though. Would highly recommend! Date of review: November 25, 2013