In short: Brilliant race with fantastic scenery In full: This marathon does contain a fair bit of climbing but over gentle gradients which are manageable - if a little draining. The tough course is easily compensated by the incredible views enjoyed for the whole race through the Derbyshire Dales. The finish is an incredible decent down into Cromford. Really enjoyable race with excellent marshalling - I hope to have another go at this one. Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Nice and fast In full: Good quick course. A good marker to see how the training is going. Well marshalled but another helper at the water station would be good. Well done to the Rotary Club Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere nice course In full: My first time, achieved a PB. Planned it right by my position in the first wave so had no problems with walkers. The walm up never materialised in my area though. I am hoping its a taster for the Great North Run in September another first for me. Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Great charity fun run, but not a race In full: I accept now that I shouldn't have entered a 20k participant event hoping for a clear run and good time. But save me, the organisation of the start! What happened? Why were there club runners, like myself, bumped into wave 2?! Why were there walkers at the front of wave 1? Criminal lack of organisation of runners into predicted times - why have waves if they are meaningless in terms of time?
Flat course with PB potential, but a real shame I had to run 10.5 km around all the wave one walkers and shufflers. There were lines of walkers from wave one by 2km for gods sake!
In all good course, if dull, good PB potential if waves were sorted out strictly, great medal and T-shirt. Spoilt by a. the organisational points mentioned. b. inconsiderate walkers pushing to front of wave 1 and, I assume, lying about their likely time on the entry form (unless Greatrun really were stupid and did not heed times on the forms?). You tell me. Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: My fave half marathon - shame about the rain and flies but it is still my fave ! In full: The only thing that spoilt it for me was in the last half mile/mile, running along the lane before you reach the road in Kinross, some inconsiderate finisher (oldish guy with white beard, white hair, bald on top etc with number 578 (I'm positive it was this number) still attatched to his vest) decided to walk back along the route after finishing it. However he didnt even have the decency to walk on the other side and made all the runners still going along get out of his way ! WAS THIS MAN TOO PROUD AND TOO GOOD TO HAVE THE CONSIDERATION TO WALK ON THE OTHER SIDE and let tired runners finish their race in peace without having to get out of HIS WAY ? People like that spoil it for everyone ! Date of review: May 24, 2005
In short: Well organised and enjoyable In full: I feel there has been alot of unecessary moaning about this race. It was well organised, I was in the first wave, got lined up around 20 minutes from the start so fairly close to the front. No major problems with slow runners, achieved a PB and extremely well organised finished with huge signs for medal/t shirt collection. Nice touch to have the shower half way round. Could have been few more signs for car parking but overall well organised. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Great views. Nice fresh air. Friendly bovine supporters :) In full: Nice run. I really enjoyed running in the countryside. Fresh air, great running weather (not too hot, no rain) and not too much mud made great surface.
Only complaint would be that after about 500 metres there was a footbridge which we had to cross one-by-one. About 3 min delay for me. Date of review: May 23, 2005