In short: first 7 miles are dead on, but then its a series of long lonely stretches. The berk that placed the bomb at 12m messed things up. The course was diverted with an extra bit. Some way to get your first Ultra!! Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Very nice friendly well organised race, lovely route, will be back next year In full: Did the 14 mile race, thoroughly enjoyed it, very well organised and very very friendly Will be back next year and may do the marathon next time Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Nice venue & good facilities. Distance markers were hard to find & there was no water station, which wasn't good on a hot day. Also there was no clock at the end to see your time, Other than these points it was an enjoyable race I would do it again. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Excellent value for money and well organised. In full: Really well organised, got a little confuesd with prize giving though. Lovely ladies handing out water at every mile. Home made cakes for sale afterwards and even got a goody bag. Over all good local village race. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Hilly, good scenery, great atmosphere, excellent organisation, my first race and I'll be back next year, it hasn't put me off running at all. Everyone was very friendly and very supportive, would recommend it. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: go for the brass band alone! In full: Eveeryone in Kirkbymoorside was either running or supporting the race - even when people didn't know you they clapped as you went past, and I got given a chilled beer at the half-way mark! (Not everyone's ideal but it underlines the friendliness of the locals.) Great atmosphere and everyone says around so slower finishers are not abandoned. Get in early as places go quickly each year (No entries on day) Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Lovely surroundings, a good challenging run,well organised. Definately do it again! In full: Fantastic weather, lovely surroundings and a joy to race in. My only niggle was a lack of loos plus it would be great if a refreshment tent could be provided along - side the pavillion as although a place which sells excellent fodd & drinks it just isn't large enough to cope with the demand....Please consider for next time!!! Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Good organisation and friendly event In full: It was great to run with people of different abilities and not feel pressured to run beyond your capabilities. It was well worth the journey to travel to and the scenery/town was great. Even though there was no supervised bag storage I was able to leave my bag around the tent area with no worries of it walking away.
In short: In need of a few tweaks. In full: All in all I enjoyed the race - as I managed to get a pb, but it was clear that it was the inaugral event and there are a few areas that need improving for next time to keep it in the calender of runners who enjoy well organised runs.
- Can they really warrant the £10 entry fee given the poor quality of the medal and simple race numbers ? - There need to be distance markers every 1km - There needs to be better organisation for on the day entries as they were not prepared when I got there until around 9.15am - just 45 mins before the start time - The marshalls need to be on the ball watching out for hazards - as I was nearly brought down by a length of tape which had become released from a cone and wrapped itself around my leg into the breeze - a marshall was standing just feet away from this looking in the opposite direction
I can understand the need to carry out multiple laps given the venue and keeping off of public roads - but the car park became a bit repetative and uninspiring.
These are points that I am bringing to the organisers attention - not to criticise for the sake of it but hopefully so that they can improve for future events. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Fantastic marshalling. Could have done with maybe another water station in that heat. Did the cow's field claim any injuries?!! Nice to run Waterloo 15k again, last one about 10 years ago Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Oh so pretty and English and I didn't know there were such big hills in Essex! In full: A fun and welcoming race in a pretty village in rural Essex. Having done the FLM 2 weeks ago, I didn't have much juice inside for all the hills. But it was pretty and sunny and friendly. All the pain, particularly of the uphill 0.6km after the 10km mark, was forgotten in mouthfuls of home-made chocolate brownies in the village hall. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: A tough challenge in the Downs - a good day out . In full: I found the map ok - though I had the event before - the cutting out of a loop from last year seemed to catch some runners out - as they took last years route. Needs a few more signs and a couple of marshals at a couple of junctions. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Always very enjoyable In full: Second year that I've done this. The only difference between the two was the weather - rain last year and glorious sun this year. Other than that, the race was tremendously enjoyable both times - commendations to the organisers and stewards! :-) Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: My first race, really enjoyed it and the fantastic atmosphere. In full: A race well worth doing. The scenary is fabulous and everyone friendly. There are people clapping and cheering you all the way. This was the first race I have ever entered and it has heightened my confidence and got me crying out to do more! I will most certainly be doing this one again next year. Date of review: May 2, 2005