In short: A nice course with excellent organisation. In full: It wasn't a good day for me, as I ran with flu, but that's not the fault of the course or the organisers, both of which should be complimented. On a fair weather day, without the flu, it would have been an excellent run. With 2300 runners, it must have been really hard work, but they pulled it off nonetheless!
Not sure there was too much for the supporters to do whilst they're waiting though. The many empty market stalls surprised me, I'd have expected Worksop market traders to be a little more enterprising, considering today's foot traffic! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: well organised and superb scenary, a must for next year In full: very enjoyable race, definitely undulating but all the better for it. Glad it rained as otherwise would have been way too hot, is it nearly November or August ? Big thankyou to all the marshells, much appreciated, will be back next year. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: a good race out in the countryside In full: a big thank you to all the race marshalls and the brass band. the wind and the rain must have made marshalling this race quite miserable but all marshalls had a smile and a word of encouragement. desite the weather i managed a pb, just managing to finish under 2hrs for the first time! definately a good race for all abilities. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: My favourite race In full: This is my all time favourite race. Lovely scenery, nice cup of tea in the club beforehand and a chance to read the Sunday papers. It's a really friendly and relaxed race and I got a PB!
...and don't you just love that final 1 mile to the finish; downhill all the way.
Thanks to the marshalls [and the police] and the band, for making this a truly memorable race.
In short: If you advertise 10k - make sure it is! In full: Why can no-one actually make a 10k race actually 10k long - this one was about 350m short. Organisation was not great but fine once the race actually got started - 15 minutes late! Would do it again because it was local. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Hard then easy then hard then easy then dead hard then finish In full: The friendliness of everyone in the race has to be experienced to be believed. It is because there is no pressure for a PB and the hardships of the race bring everyone together. You finish it and itmeans you have won, it's as simple as that. Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Brilliant day, especially if you like pain and glorious scenery In full: One of the hardest marathons but also one of the most special. Extremely well organised, nice touches such as a lone piper on the hillside, live music at the start and the 18 mile stop.Also free hot food tea/coffee available at the finish. Excellent water/food stops and great marshalls.Extraordinary scenary, breathtaking views.However, this marathon is extremely hard work,expect to feel pain and fatigue, I am glad it is held on a Saturday so I have time to recover for work.Brilliant, when can I book for next year? Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Poor organisation and not flat! In full: The pre and race day organisation was poor. After getting ready for a 11:00 start, it was then delayed by 15mins, furstrating when you are warmed up and ready to go. Knowing the area, I did not expect the route to be flat, but this was a suprise to many people running. I am not convinced on length nearer 9.5km but as this is local I would run again.
In short: Organisers need a couple more years to keep on improving In full: Well I ran it and there seems to be improvements on previous years (judging by other comments on here) but overall it was a joke! Too few toilets (still), km markers disappeared after the first 2 (do they not understand what runners need?) and it started 15 minutes late! Plus they didn't have my number (it had been allocated to someone else) even though I had paid. And I wasn't the only one. They had not recorded who had paid in advance so were naively taking it on good faith. Surface was a mix of tarmac, mud and grass. At least the goody bag was a bag and did contain everything promised! Date of review: October 30, 2005
In short: Crowded start costs you time; but nice scenery and fast finsh. In full: Dont leave it too late to park! Terribly slow to get running freely, stuck in the crowd up the hill - over a minute behind schedule at 2m (using time I crossed the start line, worse on "official" time. But a PB despite that, so a good course. "Chip" time would make up for slow start if slow runners would start near the back! Rain made lovely running conditions. Date of review: October 30, 2005