In short: Beautiful race, well organised. In full: Did the 20 mile option in the rain & wind over the beautiful Marlborough Downs. Really enjoyed the whole thing- many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: May 22, 2005
In short: Work hard in the first half and you will be rewarded with a good time. In full: Half marathon: Unexpected rise up to about 8 miles then some steep descents made this not quite what I expected (Advertised as downhill profile). But an enjoyable race all the same. Great scenery, and organisation. A better goody bag than some much larger races. Well done Matlock AC. Date of review: May 22, 2005
In short: A cracking race - hilly to me! - undulating to others!! In full: A very scenic route from keswick around dewentwater via some hilly roads.The route is challenging unless you have done a lot of hill training!I ran 10 mins slower than my P.B but if that is not a problem then i would recommend this run for the challenge.(I used it as hill training for the Blackpool marathon in June.)The organisation was a bit lacking-a few signs around Keswick would have avoided the search for the rugby club and the parking on a flood plain (the rugby field)is not a good idea with all the rain in the lakes!! Getting bogged in and then waiting ages to get out of Keswick on a bank holiday is surely something that could kill off this charming little race & that would be a shame!!
In short: Lovely run for Londoners, easy tube access and a nice park run, In full: This is the second time I've done the 'Run for Hope', both times I think the distance is slightly out. I'll do it again next time because it's an enjoyable and fun race. But, please can you make it an accurate 10km for next time...and maybe a few more helpers on the water station. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Narrow bridge less than 1km from the start is irritating and given the nature of the course 480 runners was too much. Difficult to park and a long queue to register so get there early. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Harder than expected but will be back next year! In full: Half Marathon:
Was led to believe that half marathon course was flat up until 8 mile marker when descents came in. Not the case! First eight miles continually uphill (granted not steep but unexpexted). Two descents near the finish totally finished me off resulting in a disappointing time.
I will definately be back next year for my revenge and will put in the training that this glorious course deserves.
A big thank you to all concerned. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Well done to Ian Milne and his team. A good race overall. Very well organised. Found course challenging, but that was probably lack of preparation on my part showing through. I expect to be back next year and will be better prepared. In full: My first marathon. It wont be my last and I'd like to think I'll be back next year. From comments on forum I'd expected hills to tail off at around mile 13. There seemed to be a few more after that, which took it out of me. Now I know what to expect I'll be better prepared next time. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Absolutely brilliant as usual, and again, well worth the trip from Cardiff., and for the third year in a row the weather was also good to us. Perhaps just a bit hot,but with enough tree cover on a perfect route. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: A lovely end to a busy week ! In full: I love these type of events as much as the big atmosphere occassions.A good mix of all abilities,some very friendly rivalry that sets the next race in the series up nicely. Roger and the team from Run and Become do an excellent job. Roll on next months 3 miler ! Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: A very fast flat race, where a PB would a high possiblility. Excellent organisation and value to boot as well. All in all, a fantastic race and one that sets you up nicely for the weekend. Date of review: May 21, 2005