In short: YMCA Harriers make exceedingly good races ! In full: Organisation at YMCA Harrier events always first class - this was my second 5 mile event and I also recommend the B of the Bang Manchester 10k in June. Come on Gloryhog, what are you expecting for such a reasonable fee ? Its a race, not Christmas ! Chip timing was a welcome addition which I hope they keep next year. Very well organised with excellent traffic management. I felt safe whilst running on busy roads. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Fantastic Race, Fantastic views with Fantasic friendly people In full: This was my first marathon and even though it was pretty tough i had tears nearly i loved every minute of it. Definately back next year. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Very special race In full: Ran this race in the memory of my friend and it was very overwhelming for me, seeing so many women running for theire loved one, very moving, would do it again and again Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: A great run with a great atmosphere In full: Everybody was very friendly. I like the fact you got a mug at the end instead of another t-shirt that'll be too big cos all the whippetty like people who go dead fast get all the small sizes. It was very well organised, the people of Kirkbymoorside all seemed to be out cheering you on. I'll definitely do it again, and despite the hills (this was a bit more than undulating I think) I matched my pb. Parents came to cheer me on and are now considering moving there if they can sell their house! Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Advertised wrong time In full: I took my children along for the fun run, which was advertised on this site for 11am. It actually took place at 10.10am. One wasted journey, two disappointed children. Why do race organisers go to all the trouble only to blow it all with a stupid mistake like this? Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Harder than I had imagined In full: Unless you have done this before (I hadn't) it's difficult to prepare for. Long hills, grass, gravel and farm tracks to run on and walkers to avoid. Also dust storms from the transport buses on the ridgeway.
But it's a great run, a real challenge with proper scenary.
I would recommend this run to anyone who's bored of the relentless suburban trudge of the average city marathon. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Marshalls were great and plenty of them, support was good and street entertainers etc all good. However, 2 laps were very boring, and very hilly!! And NO SPORTS DRINKS!! not good for PB but spirit was great. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: At last I went the right way. 3rd time lucky. In full: Extra marshalls on key parts of the course helped direct me the right way. Just knowing I had gone the right way helped me think positive. Went onto to PB for 3 Forts course. But then again I was running 3 miles less. Well done organisers same next year. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: An interesting small and very friendly trails run in lovely countryside In full: A small field of perhaps 35 did this 12K trails run which was acually about 10.5ishk. This is certainly a novel race, just turn up & run - no numbers required !. The number of people a the start looking at maps had me worried, but the waymarking & marshaling were excellent, as was the reception at the finish (small but vocal & encouraging). Times were generally good, and scenery excellent This is a run that deserves more people taking part, but perhaps the initial organisation would need improving if this happened. Overall- British eccentricity at its best-left me with a warm feeling inside. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Who needs BUPA? In full: This is the second time I have run this race and the first since BUPA dropped the Great Caledonia Run and moved to Edinburgh. Their loss. The organisers of this race have worked hard to create a fun family day. The weather helped generate an excellent fun atmosphere. Organisation was slick and the addition of Championchip timing was a good extra.
If you are thinking of doing this race don't overlook how long it actually takes to get to Balmoral from Aberdeen and the fact that parking is a good 40 min walk from the start area. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: A definate PB course. In full: Well marshalled on a difficult course. Plenty of encouracgement all the way round. A slight problem with the start this year but hopefully this will be rectified by next year. The results were on very fast...a bit like the course...Or and a PB as well. Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: A great race to burn off those bank holiday calories In full: Ran the 1/2. Excellent conditions and the drizzle helped. Apparently 2 or 3 miles away on the coast, there was a downpour. I will be back next year Date of review: May 1, 2006
In short: Good fun, good weather, good everything! In full: Very lucky with the weather, which helped. Very scenic route - although the hill from hell after 3.5 k. The pipers on top of the hill were very welcome. Good Highland atmosphere all round - with some Highland dancing, falconry, ferret racing etc to keep everybody entertained. As much as a contrast as one can get compared to London the week before... More of a fun race rather than serious PB stuff, but very much recommended particularly for that reason. It was my first time, but I've been told it's got smaller since the sponsors (previously BUPA) changed and the big names like Paula Radcliffe do not come anymore. Shame - it's a good race and deserves lots of attention... Will definitely do it again! Date of review: April 30, 2006