In short: Only complaint is use of race times instead of chip times to rank - encourages me to push my way nearer the start line next year & improve my race position. A bit more hilly than expected - I live in Nottingham so there's no excuse for my ignorance! Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Good course if you want a good fast run. In full: Great for a a good quick run in company. However the lack of distance markers (as promised) made it difficult to judge whats what. Please please please dispense with platic cups! We need bottles for obvious reasons. Good race non the less! Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Emphasis on fun challenge rather than running challenge In full: Nine months ago 5 cousins and their respective spouses sat down and decided what to do about the run of 40th birthdays over the next 10 years to avoid the repetitive parties. The upshot was 10 challenges each decided by the person reaching 40.. To start the run I challenged family and friends to either run or provide sponsorship for this run. 9 of us, ranging from 33 to 62, lined up to start the race with a further 20 supporters cheering us on. An hour or so later we had all crossed the line, damp, knackered, but very happy. Finishing order was to form.
Organisation was relatively good - delay to start not organisers fault as we had to wait for course to be clear. Would have liked a second water station after the first 'river' crossing to get us round the long stretch out in the country. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Enjoyable run on woodland trails In full: Always seemd to be on an incline either upwards or downwards. Didn't find the undulations too stressful except towards the end when my legs were tired. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Only did it for the charity. In full: The weather was bad but the course was terrible and dangerous in places especially the muddy bridge but to be fair the marshall was warning runners but what could you do? I had expected more having been involved with the ladies Race for Life 5ks which my wife had done previously so in all very disappointed. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Well organised, great support and plently of drink stations, good facilities, one for next year! In full: My first full marathon, so set a PB :) - a great course and not too difficult, even the hills in the first half aren't to testing and having run round the rowing lake before I knew how tedious this bit would be.
Well done to the organisers of this event! Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Good, low impact surface. Great environment. In full: I enjoyed the opportunity to do a 10k on something other than tarmac, it made a nice change. The surface was varied and had a good mix of hills, twists and turns, but I still managed another PB. You'll need to allow plenty of time to get from the main car park to the start, especially if pushing buggies or walking with toddlers. The leg massage at the end was very welcome.
I'll definitely come back next year. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Lovely venue for a great cause - only let down by the distance. In full: The atmosphere at this event was very warm and the friendliness of all in attendance made it a great day out.
I would almost certainly do this run or another Cancer Research 10K run again at one of the other stately homes purely for the charity and the venue on offer.
The only, and I do mean ONLY, negative point about the race was the actual distance of the course. My GPS agreed with the 5K marker (within 50m), so I was confident the course had been marked out properly. However, the finish line came at 9.4K (for this reason, I have rated the opportunity for a PB as very low - maybe I should have rated that as very high?)
All in all, taken for what it was, this was a fun course, in almost perfect running conditions. Date of review: September 13, 2005
In short: Very generously organised event on a cracking cross-country course In full: Well marked and marshalled course with a nice T-shirt and free food and beer at the end. Tough climbs, some seriously uneven surfaces underfoot, mostly deep in woodland with a few wide views. Date of review: September 13, 2005