In short: Tough course but well worth the effort In full: Plenty of nearby parking, very well organised, plenty of support, friendly marshals and a very nice long sleeve shirt. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: As beautiful as advertised. And not quite as brutal! In full: My first NDR, but it certainly won't be my last! This is a must-run event for everyone's calendar.
The scenery is glorious throughout - forests, orchards and poppy covered fields, with almost no road running at all - and the hills weren't quite as bad as I feared. Many of the climbs are single track only, so everyone is forced to go at the speed of the slowest runner, and together with the many stiles this gives you plenty of chances to take a breather. There was only 1 real killer - helpfully (or not!) signposted in advance as the "ironman hill" in big red letters by the organisers - and although this comes late enough in the race to REALLY hurt, for the most part the course is not too brutal. I was "only" about 15% slower than I would expect for a flat race over this distance.
(In fact, the slowest km is the first one, looping round the leisure centre, when there are big bottlenecks as everyone has to filter through the first narrow tracks. This is a race for starting near the front, and hammering the first km, to get a good "track" position.)
(Must admit we were lucky with the weather this year though, avoiding the recent heatwave and thunderstorms. Not sure how much fun this would be in bad conditions.)
Organisation is superb - the signposting is excellent for such a complicated course and the marshalls throughout give great encouragement. As do the pub regulars enjoying us all stagger past! Water stations are frequent, well placed, and offer lots of jelly babies! T shirts are better than average, free swim at the end is a great idea, and the barbecue is pretty good. Results service is astonishingly fast - my time and place were published within about 15 minutes of me finishing.
Anyone addicted to the slog of flat road running MUST give this race a try to see what they have been missing.
In short: Super smashing great. In full: This is the second time I done this race and its brill. Well organised with excellent facilities. Real PB course if you train properly - which I didn't. Will be back next year deffo. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Nice race - but not Flat In full: Fee massage was great , the course is nice but there are one or two large undulations ( not so Flatchaps!) and tricky road crossings but I really enjoyed the course. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: What a friendly and well run day. To go to the effort of spraying potentially troublesome tree roots over a 30km route. Amazing! In full: As a minor aside I want to send a big thankyou to an annonymous Samaritan. Going through the first single file zone at the 1km marker before leaving the Cascades Centre a bottle of lucozade sport I was carrying in my waist belt came loose and fell out. With 400 runners right behind me I instantly had to decide that it was "lost" and carry on without it - otherwise I was liable to get trampled by impatient runners! About 100m later I felt a tap on my shoulder as one of the runners behind me had seen what had happened, picked it up off the floor and caught up with me to hand it back. Many thanks to that kindly Samaritan! In so many ways you saved my race!
In short: An enjoyable race. Beutiful scenery, but certainly not flat. In full: A very enjoyable event. A good atmosphere in a beutiful location. The weather turned out sunny, however it made running very hot. The hills were larger than expected and meant that my time was nowhere near my PB. But I thoroughly enjoyed the race and would recomend it. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: A mildly challenging course through some traffic free country lanes. Enjoyable scenery. Temperature was around 25 degrees at the start of the race & with the two water stations handing out water in plastic cups it was difficult to stay hydrated Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: A great day out! In full: Thank you to all the organisers for such a fabulous race! I really enjoyed the whole race! Great goody bag and nice t-shirt! I also indulged and had a free massage before and after the race! The course had a variety of town and rural to keep you interested! I could find no fault and all for a fiver! Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: A good turn up and run race In full: Really enjoyed it. Agree that water was not flowing too freely. Scenery ok, not as good as hoped given the semi-rural location. Start line was a little unclear. Excellent managing of route, esp stopping roads and signage (markers every km and lots of route markers). And I got a PB (although being only my 3rd 10k it's not surprising). The last hill is not that bad by the way. Date of review: June 27, 2005
In short: Great Event, if you missed it you missed out! In full: Fantastic event, great organisation from the parking right trough to course, water, sponges, venue, policing, marshalls - everything. Thanks to PLS. See you next time. Date of review: June 27, 2005