In short: Exellent race, very fast course, brilliant T-shirt In full: Brilliant course, very scenic, great atmosphere throughout, would defo do again and loved the T-Shirt Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: A great choice for my first race. Friendly and welcoming with cheering from villagers along the route. In full: A mix of undulating road and farm tracks. making a figure 8 repeating the cross over 1.5k. Rain the day before made some of the downhills somewhat slippery but didn't see any whole body imprints! Jolly turnout (~100), including the men in pink. Locals turned out at their gates to cheer us on. As a beginner it was a great introduction. Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: I'm a local and this event made me proud to be! In full: Superb course and very fast. I was really pleased with my time. The Gravy boys served up a great event. Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: Good PB potential - good feed - good weather In full: Thankfully it wasnt windy!! Managed to knock 1min 40secs of my PB. A great spread of sandwiches and cakes at the end. Only bad points were the slightly tacky medal and the fact you're running next to the dual carriageway. Having said that I will definately be back next year. Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: Another wonderful day! In full: I 'stumbled' on this race in 2000 and have been back every year since (1000 miles round trip). 5 of the 6 years have been beautiful weather (2000 and 2004 a bit hot!) and the ferry trip afterwards rounds off the day - even if you never want it to end. Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: Very Tough In full: Not so much laps as out-and-back twice.
In between South and Central there was some really soft sand, as well as water hazards that wouldn't look out of place at St Andrews.
Gentle cross-wind on the way out turned into a very stiff headwind on the return, which made pace judgement very difficult indeed. The worst thing about the back portion was that you knew you had to face it again.
A "fun" race which gives you a weekend away and is almost guaranteed to make you fitter. It's very hard work! Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: the t-shirt claims its the north wests fastest 10k - I can't disagree with that !! In full: Orgainised by my one of my local clubs, extremely flat and fast with one slight hill, water stations, changing etc... Smashed my pb and will be back in december at the pudding run ( same course ) to try again.
The race t-shirts are cool - featuring running sheep ??
Well done Hoad Hill Harriers for organising a great race. Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: That hill is a killer - but the beer made up for it at the end ! In full: Not many people would spend there birthday running, but I did! Enjoyed the run apart from that hill which seems to get longer every year ! Good organisation although the queue for the beer and hotdog at the end was somewhat large, but very rewarding.
Will definately be back to do this next year as it is nice to have a midweek run to participate in for a change.
Well done and many thanks to the organisers and marshalls who made this evening possible and enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing what next years T-Shirt slogan will be! Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: Beautiful surroundings, nice atmosphere, parking close to finishing line ! In full: Although one of the smaller races I have participated in, it was enjoyable and the course took you through some lovely surroundings - no wonder beautiful racehorses are trained here !
Would definately do the race again, however it would make life easier if the toilets etc were sign posted. Date of review: August 18, 2005
In short: well-organised, friendly race in beautiful countryside with lardy cakes for the winners In full: This is a new race but the organisation was superb, the route challenging but beautiful, a good mix of runners (winning time, for route that was approx 10.2K, 37.15 by the village postman Dave Caddy), and the trophies for category winners supplemented by lardy cakes and cucumbers. The lardy cakes came from the village bakery, the baker being a member of Maiden Newton Runners. Date of review: August 17, 2005
In short: Good race for learning some new running skills In full: I enjoyed this race as it was a bit different to the norm. Two laps was good for me as I felt I had to be brave (I'm sure a skill you need at a marathon). The wind running back was hard but I only came 50 secs from a PB so I must have done an ok job. At times it reminded me of a steeple chase as there was the odd launch into and over water. Again, the jelly fish were funny. My gripes against the race concerned my wife who was at the back as she hasn't done much running in ages. I don't think she was terribly slow but by the time she was past the south pier on the last lap, the cones had been moved and then when she got to the end, the drinks station seemed to have shut down. What got me was she wasn't even last.