In short: A race to return to again and again In full: My first time and I can see why the Ashby 20 sells out and runners return year after year. The race was well organised, in the run up and on the day. The support on the course was great and though I would prefer not to do two loops of the same course it didn't feel bad as the countryside distracts you. I was expecting much worse hills from reading previous reviews but the course is more slightly undulating than hilly. The weather was perfect this year which added to a great day. There was a positive atmosphere all around. I would recommend to anyone, the hoody at the end is a great race memento and the cheese cob was delicious! Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Quite simply a great race In full: This is the best pre seeing marathon warm up race. Brilliantly organised, loads of info in the pre race booklet. Great two lap course which allows for little rest due to its undulating nature and a great finish on the Bath Grounds in the middle of Ashby. The post race cheese cob and hoodie make every step worthwhile. This is the second year I have done this race and there will be many more to come. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Well organized, large parts traffic free, stadium start and finish, I will run this again. In full: I'd say the inaugural Welwyn Half Marathon was a success. The race HQ is at the local sports centre / running track, plenty of changing room space and registration was a simple affair. As to the race itself, the start was hassle-free, although I was surprised to find myself running through the sports centre car park on the way out! The first few miles are mostly on local streets although there is a short grassy section and a bit of a pinch point running over a narrow bridge which could be an issue if the race gets more popular. The remainder of the race alternates between traffic-free paths and minor roads. The marshals were plentiful in number and very encouraging to boot, as were the locals who turned out to spectate. T-shirt and medal were par for the course. This is a local race for me and I'd have no hesitation in doing it again. Date of review: March 23, 2015
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.