In short: great race, flat scenic course, good organisation In full: This was a good race, seemingly well run and with a good goodie bag, medal and tshirt at the end. The onlt thing that let this down was the pacers who all started together at the front of the field. Given it was quite a large crowd it was impossible to get behind the right one - in future please spread them out before the start! Date of review: July 7, 2016
In short: Very well organised and beautiful race In full: A well organised race in beautiful scenery. Loved how many water/snack stations there were. A tough one but really enjoyable. The wet sponges were a brilliant touch Date of review: July 6, 2016
In short: Overall an excellent race, would recommend it to anyone In full: Great scenery with friendly marshals. Water stations at frequent intervals with water, oranges, sports drinks and jelly babies thrown in, not to mention the wet sponges. The cake and beer tent was worth the admission money alone, bring on next year!
In short: Excellent race, value for money, great day. In full: Beer, cake, band, piper, lots of drinks stations, top marshals, topped off by a sunny day. Would recommend to all, give it a try, tough, but great fun. Date of review: July 6, 2016
In short: beautiful race In full: Email the day before was brilliant, the on the day registration was brilliant. Marshall's were just amazing...so so friendly.Sponges, jelly babies etc galore! Unfortunately I was too slow to see the band, or get beer, medal and cake that others are talking about. It had all finished by the time I got here, so that was disappointing but something to aim for next year. I run for cake and medals! Date of review: July 6, 2016
In short: Fun, friendly and challenging, my longest race to date. In full: Beautiful scenery with friendly organisers and marshals and aid stations second to none at frequent intervals consisting of not just water but sports drinks, oranges, jelly babies and refreshing soaking wet sponges. All helped to to get me round this tough course. Looking forward to next year. Date of review: July 6, 2016
In short: Fun running in the sun on a scenic off road undulating route In full: Sixth time running this event, and it just gets better and better. Amazing organisation from Albert at Wadhurst Runners and Nice-Work Event Management team. Fantastic email just before the event advising of the surface and whether to wear trail or road shoes. Cheerful, happy marshals round the course, all cheering you on. Its sad that so many people don't realise how much a simple 'thank you marshal' can mean to those standing out voluntarily for hours on end so we can run. Best of all, a bespoke medal at the end, a technical t-shirt in a variety of sizes and an amazing range of free cakes at the end, and I mean AMAZING. Love the race, love the organisation, will be back again Date of review: July 5, 2016
In short: Previous commitments made it impossible to partake in the past - well worth the wait!! In full: All the great things I had heard about this race were more than justified. The organisation, from pre registration through to results publication was second to none with no detail left unattended. Helpful & enthusiastic marshals, generous rehydration & nutrition facilities en route & at the finish with some special touches at the end (great medal, banana,cake & beer). Race itself sufficiently challenging, in a scenic location, so that you come away feeling that you have had a great time, not to mention value for money!
In short: A brilliantly organised, beautiful, hard race In full: This was a race that had everything: beautiful scenery, wonderful trails, mud hills, long grass and stiles. It was a fantastically interesting and challenging race that required training. And it was worth it! The organisation was brilliant, the marshalls were fantastic and we got not only water stations, but energy drinks, jelly babies and oranges en route too. At the end we had cake provided by yet more wonderful volunteers. Wadhurst Runners, thank you for a fantastic day out. I will certainly do this run again. Date of review: July 5, 2016
In short: Tough as nails, a brilliant race! In full: I took part in the 2016 Potteries Marathon race. This race starts and finishes at the Britannia stadium, meandering around the various towns of Stoke. Make no mistake this is a real tough one, the hills were relentless and brutal but it made for a very enjoyable run. I'm not sure I would recommend this for a beginner though, unless you are used to hills it would be easy to hit the wall very early.
Parking was free (in the stadium) and right next to the start line, which made it handy for popping back to leave jumpers, keys etc. And also a nice short walk back to the car after the race had finished - thank you. There was lots of support on the course, the people of Stoke-on-Trent did us runners proud. Endless people shouting encouragement, handing out sweets and even unofficial water stops. The run up to the finish line (yes, up a hill) was lovely and lots of support. Nice medal and a reasonable t-shirt. For the entry price, I thought it was exception value. I liked very much that the race was low-key and non-commercial, it didn't feel busy and had a lovely atmosphere. I even saw people entering on the day, I'm suprised it's not more popular to be honest. A big bonus was the free digital race photographs - how awesome is that - organisations like marathonfoto charge a bloody fortune, so that was a lovely touch. Extremely well organised, thanks guys. I'd like to do it again, although it's well out of my area (Hampshire).
Ideas for improvement?
Although the main road crossing were well marshalled, there were plenty that weren't. I nearly got wiped out by an enthusiastic bus driver who didn't want to let me finish crossing the road safely. You need to keep your wits about you.
Perhaps the route could include some of the many beautiful parks in Stoke or surrounding countryside?
Finishing up a hill is a bit cruel, I wonder if the finish could be tweaked a bit so you can get a good run up to the line?
In short: First Time of Doing This One and I Would Do it Again In full: Great run with only one major hill. There are a few other hills but they're not bad. Excellent organisation and great marshals. Decent goodie bag and plenty of water on the course and at the end. Even a shot of Jack Daniels for finishers! Lovely medal too. Only slight drawback is the roads aren't closed but most of it is on very quiet country roads and on the slightly busier roads where you need to cross over, there are marshals to help.
On the whole, a great run that I would highly recommend. Date of review: July 5, 2016
In short: Good race! In full: This is a well-organised and enjoyable race, on a fairly flat course in the beautiful English countryside.
Organisation was good and the marshalling was enthusiastic and plentiful. I particularly liked the addition of a marshal on a bicycle who rode alongside when I was around 8 miles, checking everyone was getting on ok. (It was a hot day and some people were flagging around this point). The whole event felt very personal and friendly.
Only two bugbears - 1) the mile markers were slightly out around the middle of the course, and 2) the final mile was a bit of a dissatisfying wiggle around Bassingbourn, in order to make up the distance.
I was pacing someone through his first half marathon and so I was running at a comfortable pace - though I would definitely return and run at speed, as this is a good half marathon. Date of review: July 5, 2016
In short: Outstanding race - brilliantly organised In full: This is just a great race on so many levels. The organisation is outstanding and the special touches (beer, cakes and brass band at the finish; the piper at the start and various points on the course) are really appreciated. The marshalling and fuel/water/sponge stations are also excellent - so many across the whole route.
For someone like me who rarely goes beyond 10 mile races these days, it is really tough (especially this year with all the mud) but it is an outstanding, challenging course that hugely rewards proper preparation.
Great goody-bag etc and overall, the race delivers fantastic value for money. Date of review: July 5, 2016