In short: i never caught up with the two pink fairies in front of me ! In full: fantastic race. great momento of local brew to sup later that day. only problem was deciding what footwear to use - road or off-road. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: What a fantastic way to start the weekend. See you folks in January! In full: This was a fantastic way to start the morning. It was well marshalled and clearly marked out. I would encourage anyone to participate if they can make it up after a Friday night out. The only thing wa there were no km markers so it was hard to judge the progress. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: thoroughly enjoyable, well organised but don't skimp on your hill training In full: well organised run; great to start exactly on time as it was freezing cold; great course - little mud, sandy hill (is the organiser a sadist?); enthusiastic marshalls. Did anyone else see any distance markers coz I didn't? Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: The snow made it even more Christmassy. In full: Another successful race from Rod and Co. Running in the snow seemed to make me go faster to avoid sliding down the hills! Always worth the drive for this one. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Very challenging - glad to finish in the end In full: I was persuaded to enter this race by a friend, and decided to combine the race with a weekend of visiting friends to make the 200 mile trip from North Wales worthwhile.
As this was only my third ever race, I did start wondering what I'd let myself into about halfway up the Big Dipper, and my lungs were ready to burst by the time I got to the top. The bottle-neck and resulting delay at the top was a bit of a godsend, but not really enough of a rest as I didn't get settled into my running until after I'd walked up the golf course hill!
All in all, quite enjoyable once I'd got the two big inclines out of the way and the stream crossings were very cold. The first one was shallow enough for you to practically run along the river bed, but the final two were significantly deeper and seemed a lot colder - I was really looking forwards to my soup by this time!
I did ask myself why after I crossed the finish line, but I don't think it'd take too much persuasion to get me back down south again next year... Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Was that a party of Hobbits just passed us? In full: A very tough mixed-terrain course that would have been a nightmare had it been warmer. Fortunately the fields were frozen and I had a ball, even if it took 1:45 to finish. The very daunting 400-meter scramble up the hill was worth it for the glorious views; my husband said it looked like Weathertop from "The Fellowship of the Ring". Friendly race wardens/rescue workers waited around nearly every turn, and a commemorative bottle of beer was given us at the end. This was the most beautiful race I've ever run, and a great day out. Do it. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: A really challenging race, but a great way to start the weekend. In full: A very well oraganised race that started exactly on time, so no hanging around and cooling down. Very impressive. As anticipated, the first time over St Marthas was no drama, but if felt like a bit of a mission on the return journey. However, really positive marshalls kept you going, couldn't help but crack a smile even though my legs were screaming. Top marks for constant motivation. My only concern is that I couldn't really see where my entry fee had gone. A tenner for the race, a milk shake and some promotional literature is a bit steep. I'm being picky though as this certainly did'nt detract from a cracking atmosphere and a really enjoyable start to the weekend. I agree that there should be some kind of memorabilia in the goody bag, maybe even a simple sticker depicting..."St Martha, the patron saint of gradients"? Either way, really looking forward to January and some more hills. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: A very well organised race. I shall certainly be doing it again! In full: Last year, Bolsover was my second ever 10k, and I found the course "undulations" a bit of a struggle. A year later, the undulations were minor obstacles on a cold, clear December morning.
I felt the start was a little disorganised. I was only about 15ft back from the start line, and I couldn't hear the guy with the megaphone calling out instructions. That obviously needs new batteries for next year! I did hear him call out: 3.. 2.. 1.. GO! though, although the air-horn which announced the start was a moment or two after this - quite strange really.
That said, it was only a very minor gripe a the rest of the race was very well organised indeed. The marshalling was excellent with at least two marshalls at each road junction, and the local constabulary out at two places there were traffic lights to cross. I'd like to say a big thanks to all of them for volunteering (or being volunteered ;)) to stand out in the cold for a couple of hours. You all did an excellent job!
I know most people really liked the clock last year, but I wasn't a big fan (although it was a good idea and different to the usual stuff). This year, the memento was a T-shirt. In fact, a long-sleeved T-shirt, which is great 'cos all my other T-shirts are short-sleeved, so now I have something to wear when it's a little cooler.
It was great to see a good mix of runners from the out-and-out racers to people tackling a 10k for the first time, making this a very friendly pre-Christmas race. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic!!! In full: First time doing this race but it is already on the calendar for next year. In terms of route - quite superb! Brilliant scenery great atmosphere, excellent value for money. What can i say probably one of my favourite races of the year Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: A bit like the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan but with hills In full: First pleasure (downhill) then pain (uphill), two splendid climbs, one of which requires you to use tree roots to get to the top!!! Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: didnt expect it to be so hard In full: i was seriously misguided about this race. i turned up thinking it was a tough 10k road and paths race.mind you after 1 mile it was all to clear it was not my day. especially seeig a group of santas climbing up the hill in front of me.but i will be back again. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: If it wasn't a flat pb course, would anyone bother? In full: The good points for this race are that it is flat and fast. Also, as my "home" 10K it is easy for me to get to.
However, now the bad points!
Why did they change the start from last year to a narrower road? Why did they change the finish so it was so chaotic? Please sort these things out - it is not difficult to do it well. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic scenery and a great 10K In full: This was my first time at the 10K, and I am hooked. Somehow the driving snow/sleet made it even more enjoyable. Wonderful scenery and a fast course - managed to set a new pb by over a minute.
This race is certainly on my calendar for next year. Date of review: December 19, 2005