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
In short: Very hard, but a lovely run In full: The hills, despite what others say, were very hard and went on for ever. But the scenery in May was glorious, the welcomem great and the organisation pretty near faultless. I got a PB, but don't expect one and don't do what we did and drive the route beforehand - you'll scare the willies out of yourselves! Date of review: May 13, 2006
In short: Well organised, friendly, small race - and I got a pb! In full: Review refers to half marathon: Starts and finishes on a tree-lined path in a field (complete with sheep) opposite the village pub! Scenic, friendly local event (family had a picnic while watching the local cricket team while I raced). Mildly challenging, but the hills are in the middle of the race and the last 2-3 miles is flat or down hill - just what you need towards the end of the race. Thoroughly enjoyed it last year, throughly enjoyed it this year and definitely intend running it again next year. Date of review: May 13, 2006
In short: well done organisers, fantastic scenery, great atmosphere and very freindly race ! In full: parking and directions good, not enough toilets, most people confused at start as did not know which way to start running,medal a bit naff, need to do better on this front but great scenery and atmosphere made my day !!! Date of review: May 13, 2006
In short: well organised good weather forget about a pb. In full: The hill at K2 was a shocker - quite like K2 in fact. My stride-length shortened to about 4 inches. Might have appreciated the great scenery if the sweat hadn't blurred my vision. Gentle downhill bit next but the smell of cow manure was overpowering. More uphill before completing on a pleasant grass track. Joined the many finishers stoating about saying "that was hellish". Enjoyed it after about half an hour's recovery. Date of review: May 13, 2006