In short: Why were there so few runners? In full: Well organised and very friendly, good value, an extremely fast course and a horse brass. I am not sure why several thousand people would want to pay £15 + for numerous far inferior races in London / Surrey. Probably the best 10k in the region. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Beautiful scenery, perfect running weather, great organisation. In full: A couple of hills, but not as 'nasty' as i had expected, but that said wet weather would have made it very different. No faults.Great race.See you next year. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable, challenging but rewarding! In full: Perfect conditions, very evil hill at the start and then again half way round but overall lovely course. good support at start and end, course clearly marked and very nice medal at the end. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Small, fast three-lapper on private roads. In full: Enjoyed this and got a PB. Small event of 3 laps round quiet private roads. Fast downhill section with sharp turn into uphill section was interesting! Perfect conditions - not too hot or cold, no wind. Everything seemed to work very smoothly. Huge Serpie turnout - if there was a mob match, they won it! Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Very challenging with punishing hills - but a PB for me. In full: The first time I've done this race and I was suprised by the punishing hills they managed to mix into this course round the beautiful Sutton Park - I thought I was OK with hills but I was almost on my knees. That said I managed a personal best of 48:12 (my timing) - Don't know what happened there!!
A small but fantastic race a great challange indeed. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Mildly tough off road race with good scenery. In full: My first attempt at off road racing and I really enjoyed it. The course was muddy in places with quite a few ups and downs but nothing too challenging. Quite a large field made for a slow start as the trail is quite narrow so passing people was difficult. The marshall presence was good and they did a fine job at the various "runner junctions" of keeping us all heading the right way. My only major gripe was the lack of distance markers as it did make pacing virtually impossible. However once I had decided that timings were out the window I just looked around and enjoyed the view! Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Good course, not sure about the last 2k, didn't see a 9k marker and the last 2k took 7mins!!! I was previously averaging 5mins/Km In full: Trentham is a large site, could have done with some directional arrows from the car park, alot of walkers due to it being for charity, made the start slow as they were all mixed in, no 9k marker and the last 2k only took 7 minutes, strange as I was averaging 5mins/Km. Excellent course and surroundings. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: First time I've done a race twice - it wasn't what I remembered. In full: Lets get this straight this is a really well organised mid to largish 10k. There can be no real gripes which the organisers could really do anything about.
The only minor whinge I had was that in the city centre the course tape could be better set out, a couple of times I found myself on the wrong side of the tape and effectively off course.
That said I didn't remember how hilly the course seemed from last year - going over the raised by pass twice certainly took its toll.
Whilst I'm making up reasons for not getting a pb I must also say the hard paths in the park section were very slippery together with some sharp turns I felt off balance on a few occassions.
That said it is a real cracking finish running round Pride Park, even for a Leicester fan, I will be back next year. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Twisty, hilly, multi-terrain course, well marshelled - great race. In full: My thanks to the organiser and marshells for a great race / day out. The course was challenging and fun. See you next year! Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it again this year. Could do with some roads closed. Long drag along Kirkstall Road towards the end. Goody Bag a bit disappointing. Generally well organised, make sure runners where to go at the start! Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: 'Undulating' in the extreme, but all the more fun for it! In full: This really is a little gem of a race! There are some absolutely killer uphills, but they're generally nicely balanced with steep downhills and short flat bits, to make the route varied and unpredictable rather than overly strenuous! Two particularly novel features to the race were the start time (5 in the evening, which I think is a great idea) and the momento - a shot glass!! A must do half-marathon! Date of review: May 14, 2006