In short: glorious weather and frozen ground stopped my feet sinking in the mud In full: Late arrival and hearing the start hooter whilst still tying my laces and pulling meant top on didn't bode well. Still managed to run well and loved it . Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great day out in a wonderful setting In full: Very strange distance markers - only 1, 2, 5 and 6 miles marked rather than kms. Undulating but runnable course. Friendly marshalls even in the driving snow. Great day out. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere back in the club house...with great tea and bacon butties ! In full: the race venue was well sign posted from just off the Mway junction with plenty of friendly marshalls as we got close to the sports centre to guide us to the ample parking places.
The sports centre had plenty of room to get changed, and even smelt like a proper winter event venue...that unique mixture of wet towels, sweat and wintergreen linament found in real sports centres every where. It was bitterly cold but there was plenty of common sense shown by the organisers in keeping veryone inside until the last possible moment, then it was straight down to the start and we were off into the dense fog.
Despite visibility that got down to less than 50 yards (not metres...I am a Vet) the event was well marshalled and there was no chance of getting lost as we pounded through the lanes and round the local airfield.
The finish was well organised with the prizes right by the end of the funnel which was comfortably close to the club house not get cold. The final touch was to serve hot cups of teas and bacon butties...very welcome.
I have done a few larger events (2000-3000 runnrs)in the last couple of years and this was my first small local race (approx. 200-300 runners). The whole atmosphere was very welcoming and this race has set the standard for my expectations for other smaller local events and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I will be back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great race well organised good t-shirts and pudding - not a PB course In full: This is not a race for a PB, you start to go up the big dipper - the largest sand dune in europe (so i am told by other runners!). this makes the start very slow for all but the speedy runners. It took me about 10 minutes to start running then 40 for the rest of the race (normal 10k time 40-42mins) it really depends on the start. Apart from that hill its not actually that hilly(compared to many hilly races) . so the PB comment is based on the start. You get wet in the last 1 k so be warned you run through 3 streams but the entrace form does warn you of this.
In short: Best race of the year! In full: I loved this race. PB Potential - absolutely zero as the hills as extremely sharp and up pretty slippy rocks, but who cares with the scenery and the great atmosphere.
Good for slower runners like me too, as I don't think many could run up those rocks so there were long stretches where you could get your running feet back.
Very well organised and the best race I've done all year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Great Atmosphere, great venue, snow, hail and sleet made it an interesting challenge In full: My first time at this venue and what a race! Great route along the botton of one of the Lakes most scenic valleys, with enough undulations to make it interesting. Very friendly atmosphere, chatted to other runners most of the way round. The weather (sleet, hail and a bit of snow) made the road a bit slippy late on but still smashed my PB by over 3 mins! Will definately do this again.
Couple of tiny niggles, strange start with people having to join the line-up from the front rater than the back of the pack like most races, distance markers a bit odd (only 1, 2, an 6 miles in a 10K race). But on the whole, smoothly organisd, friendly, smiley marshalls - loved the touch of having someone with a bin-liner to deposit your empty cups in at the water station. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Before any judgement look at the entry price !! bargain!! In full: What a charming race, good organisation, the entry price of 2.50 is almost unbelievable, consider you also get a free buffet afterwards.Ok so you don't get any t'shirt but who cares at that price. I wish one or two other races would go back to basics like this one, a nice course, friendly staff and a great entry price. Almost forgot to mention the course, man the hills seemed big, first half is almost all uphill, but last half is downhill, only negative point is the last mile on Wakefield road, tad busy...but hey you can't have everything. Well done to all come on support this race !!! Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Well organised, friendly race that doesn't take itself too seriously! In full: At this time of year you have to accept there's going to be a lot of people out for the crack - and that's what you get with this race. Friendly, slightly chaotic at the start, but a lovely challenging course in glorious surroundings - shame the snow meant we couldn't see most of it... Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Cold weather but warm welcome In full: I have done this race, on and off for about five years. It is a great way to finish the year and always has friendly competitors. Long sleeved t shirt was nice but prefered last years clock! Full marks to the marshalls and the police who, whilst getting grief from a lot of motorists kept their cool. Will be back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: A little gem of a race - everyone should do it In full: Superb organisation and marshalling this year. I have done it in all weathers over the years and it never fails to please. Bring the kids to cheer you on and play on the sand for a great family trip. The high spot of my running year. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Brilliant challenge - esp. the sand dunes In full: That the race begins with the highest sand dunes in Europe makes this quite special. Followed soon after by another (not quite so challenging!) climb means this is a race well worth turning up for! Soup at the end very welcome as the air was cold and hard on the lungs. Only down side is lack of toilets and NO changing facilities. Otherwise superb. Date of review: December 18, 2005
In short: Very very cold!!!! In full: Clear skies and no wind which good, but made for a very chilly run which was tough on the lungs. The first few kilometers seemed hard but soon warmed up and got into my running.
The course was undulating with a couple of longish hills, but nothing too tough. The marshalls were friendly, and the facilities are the school were great (first time i've not had to queue for the toilet!). The long sleeve t-shirt is a nice touch in December.
All in all a very good race, and shall certainly be back next year. Date of review: December 18, 2005