In short: It's a race that reminds people why we run.... In full: My first time in this race but I intend coming back. It's a race where you discover if you have done the work before or not (as I did) and that put together toughness with scenary and enjoyment... as well as the satisfaction of reaching the finish line. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Hilly for those of us outside the pennines!! In full: Really enjoyed this in a masochistic kind of way. More hills than Leeds natives are used to made it pretty tough going. But the scenery's pretty good, as was the organisation. Would definitely do it again. A great way to start the year. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: A cold hilly day out - but still fun! In full: Having read some of the reviews above I'm left wondering what some runners expect on the day ? I ran this race in 2000 as my very first 10K and apart from reversing the course to give a long downhill finish, I can't see what has changed. The Town centre start makes good pictures for the local paper and gives the Mayor a day out but could be better if they stuck to the Leisure Centre, which IS a bit of a way out of town....but as I recall offers very good facilities in terms of changing,showers and hot drinks etc. I ran it in 2004 and they had a problem with the 5K waterpoint then...but, guys, if you were on a 6 mile practice run on your own...would you REALLY stop for half a pint of cold water??? Given that this race is run in February the chances of anyone keeling over from dehydration are, I beg to suggest, fairly remote. That said, I'll volunteer to marshall next year - and see how easy it is to stay cheerful ! :-) Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: A rather boring race with sections, which were not very well marshalled (not always sure on which side to run). But on the other hand some very nice and encouraging marshalls. Excellent new showers and changing facilities. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Well organised, friendly race with a bit of everything. In full: A challenging 12 miler with lots of different surfaces and a few small climbs towards the end. Fairly boggy and slippy in places, but also some good trails, canal tow paths and short road sections. Great organisation and friendly marshalling. Much needed water stations along the way and at the finish. Only small gripe is lack of distance markers. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: I keep coming back; why? In full: Every time I do this it gets longer, literally, fine tuning they call it, sadistic is nearer! Great race, the cold is compensated by the warm glow of completion. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Not as hilly as expected, easy course to follow. In full: Maybe a different start point is needed for this race, perhaps closer to the finish? The hike from the start to the finish point was hard work for my partner, she was lumbered with my bag and just about every piece of gear I own.
Starting on the major road through town without shutting it until 5 mins before the race began is asking for trouble. This is where the Marshalls displayed their annoyance with people. The cue cards for expected finish times were a great idea.
Comments above about lack of marshals may be justified, but then the course was so simple it would be hard to see where else they were needed.
From previous comments on this site about this race I expected a hilly course!! It wasn’t as bad as I expected, which was a bonus for me, but it is definitely ‘undulating’
The finish area was well organised, and I spent a great 40 mins watching everyone else finish. I especially liked watching a guy cross the finish in about 1hr 5mins with a great big grin on his face and punching the air. Well done!!
In short: Very disappointing. Bad organisation. Where were the marshalls? In full: A race with lots of potential but was let down by its lack of marshalls and disorganised beginning. The traffic was awful and where were the marshalls directing the runners and shouting encouragement? One poor man on the only water station. Sort it out Winchester!!! Very bad! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Fab picturesque race with lots of smiley marshals In full: Thanks to the organisers & marshals for making this such an enjoyable event. A little confused with having to get into lanes on the last couple of circuits round the village (I can't think & run at the same time!) but delighted to get a pb. Thoroughly worthwhile altho my other half thought I was mad! Date of review: February 27, 2006