In short: How times around the car park ? In full: Considering the alternative races around Manchester this races was pretty disapointing I expected a lot more from the venue of the Commonwealth Games. The race would have been better if it had clear distance markers and a water station as already noted by the other guys. Come on Ken this race has great potential a bit nore imagination next year please ! Date of review: May 15, 2005
In short: This was bliss! A wonderful race In full: Pretty village, tea and home make cake before the race in the coffee shop and a prayer from the vicar. I decided that this wasn't going to be a PB so I enjoyed the wonderful tracks and forest paths instead. Huge hill at 8km; I have no idea how the 1/2 marathon runners coped with this at 12 miles! Finished in a field which was very odd! Excellent marshalling and water stations. This was a gem of race to find and I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 15, 2005
In short: Very well organised with plenty of water stations and well marshalled. weather and atmosphere great. In full: 1st half undulating - 2nd half downhill/flat. Very well organised with plenty of water stations and well marshalled and mile posts easy to see. On Road Parking 1st thing was difficult, suggest you get in early or use NCP. Can't complain, home town and a PB! Date of review: May 15, 2005
In short: Really enjoyable race In full: Well organised and marshalled, and the weather was glorious! I really enjoyed this race. Only criticism is could have done with more water at the water stops and too many people milling about at the end. T-shirt at £2.50 was a bargain :-) Date of review: May 15, 2005
In short: A brilliant day with an unbelievable amount of goodies given away with a good medal. A must do race for every runner and the fun run after the main race makes it a great family day. Will be back next year to try and beat my time of 38.23. In full: A well organised day, which was unbelievably good value with all the freebies and goody bag given away. Enyoyable for the whole family with the fun run for children and a very friendly atmosphere. A must do race! Date of review: May 15, 2005
In short: glorious day, lovely course- a nice mix of tarmac and trails thru the woods. less crowded than the lung run (also sutton pk) and therefore much more enjoyable. well done hill west school- see you all next year. Date of review: May 15, 2005
In short: This is how to stage a half marathon - a real classic thanks to the enthusiasm of all involved In full: Sorry if I gush but I've just had the best day's racing of my short and uneventful running career. The fact that the weather was bright but not too hot cannot be attributed to the organisers. But everything else about this superb race can be put down to a superb team.
The whole village of Eyam seemed to have come to a halt to lend support and they had fostered a party atmosphere.
The important bits
The course is a tough bugger with a killer hill at the 10 mile mark which seemed to go on for 2 miles. But the views from the tops were awe inspiringly breathtakingly beautiful. There seemed to be a water station just at the right point, every time. And the "staff" were happy and cheerful and sympathetic to the pain suffered by the runners. The kids enjoyed the fun run and were chuffed to recieve a certificate signed by the great Tanni Gray-Thompson.
All in all, I cannot think of a single way that this race could be improved. Save me a place for next year.
In short: Fast, hot, hilly, and very clubby. 2 new pbs, all topped off by beating many die hard clubbers who cant climb hills! honestly walking hills....tut tut! ;) In full: throughly enjoyed this one...what a day!