In short: Local for me so will do again In full: Same comments as the others re: the loos. My hubby measured the course short on his Garmin Forerunner - BUT there was a lot of looping back etc. and he lost the signal a few times so this could count for the discrepancy (and one of his "miles" took 9:30 mins as opposed to his standard 7:20!).
Really would have appreciated km markers especially at the 5 & 9km stage. Staff friendly and enthusiastic.
Will do again - but live very locally. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Addicted will be back next year. In full: I have done a lot of off road marathons this year, this is my favorite. This is the one you must do you will experience nothing like it anywhere. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: WHAT A GREAT RACE... In full: My first Snowdonia and what a fantastic race. Not even the weather could dampen the enthusiasm - although it caused me to fall over during the first 25 metres!! The support around the whole course was marvellous. Just a wonderful run out with great people doing a great race. Thank you Snowdonia for the memories... Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: great race, good organisation, good course, friendly field In full: PB for me so always going to be a good race!! Course was tough, but there was enough to keep your mind off it!!! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Well organised, undulating, scenic, open country course east of Luton. I found the last 4k pretty tough going, with some strong headwinds to contend with and a very steep section in the last km. Friendly well organised event that I will do again. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Superbly orgainsed, lots of quirky extras, beautiful but as tough as anything In full: Great event again. Physically and mentally draining in the last few miles, but fantastic when you've finished. Fairly beginner friendly as there's no pressure to run a fast time. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Great Day out & Great People - Shame it wasn't timed... In full: My First race, great people & good facilities. Shame the race wasn't timed, I had to rely on friends for my final position & time.
In short: A very tough but hugely enjoyable event In full: This was my first Marathon and the most enjoyable event i have ever done.A finishing time of 4.23 left me on a high after completing this tough course.The weather was awful at the start but did not dampen the spirits of all those who took part.I can't wait to return in 2006 Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed - Far better than GNR In full: Living within an hour of Worksop made this a lot less hassle than the GNR (the only other Half marathon I've done) Arrived just over an hour before the start and parked easily (and free) within 300 yards of the start. Changing facilities in Town Hall meant you could stay in the warmth until close to the start (GNR - stand outside for hours) Toilets ok. Pre race nerves meant several visits - other people probably had problems cos I was always in there ! Last minute toilet visit (10.24) meant starting near the back of the field. Course a bit narrow for overtaking slower runners at the start. But this meant starting steady rather than going off too fast (unlike GNR) Didn't find the hills too bad but did make for some odd split times. Good last mile if you've got anything left in the tank. Managed to finish over 3 minutes faster than GNR with what seemed like half the effort - I think the rain helped. Liked the T shirt with name on, but not sure when Bright Orange will be appropriate. Thanks to the organisers and also marshalls for standing out in very poor conditions. Will definitely do this next year Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: A well organised, really enjoyable event. In full: Had heard much hype about this race in advance. Thankfully, the race lived up to its billing and if anything exceeded expectations. Fantastic venue and facilities, on the whole good marshalling, medical aid was on the ball. Special thanks for plentiful supplies of water throughout course, much appreciated on a warm day. Good course from runners perspective, mostly flat, and good for spectators at start and finish. Fine race forum on RW website both pre & post event that provided all the encouragement you could need. Hope to be back again! Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Where was the last 500m?! In full: My friend measured the course at 9.5km which probably accounts for all three of us coming up wth PB's! More loos, water and km markers would have been good. Lots of enthusiasm from the organisers so a few improvements next year and it will be that much better. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: disappointing In full: agree with all comments made so far - would have been so easy to make it a full 10K. shame the promised medal didn't appear, organisation was fairly chaotic. hopefully many lessons will be learned before the next one, as it's a nice spot for a run. thanks to the marshalls though who were very friendly and supportive. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: WOW ! In full: this was my first ever marathon (so i got a pb) and i can't wait for it to be my second. everything about it was to be lauded. and thanks to all the support and helpers that made it very special, not forgetting the weather of course. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Nice run but where were the distance markers?! In full: I really enjoyed this and improved on my time from last year, but i found the lack of distance markers very disconcerting. I think the organisers had great intentions and the marshalls were very enthousiastic, it is just a pity it did not runa s smoothly as last year. Would do it again though as it is local. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Good intentions, poorly organised event In full: I am a runner and spectated at this event. The event had poor facilitated (3 loos), long queues - people had to collect their number - the race started 15 minutes late - the reason was to 'give people a chance to use the toilet!' I mean whatever next. There were issues with the laps, one poor chap who was in the leading men (3rd) group totally missed the diversion to the finish and one lady who seemed to be under the impression she had a fabulous time only ran two laps - instead of three. Overall impression, really good intentions but the organisers need to raise their game to compete. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Fabulous scenary, fabulous weather, lovely supporters and fellow competitors. And so much agony! In full: Fantastic race, so friendly and beautiful. Fine for beginners if you just treat it as a day out rather than a race. Moments of sheer unadulterated happiness as I careered down hills mixed with more lengthy moments of sheer agony over the last 7 miles as I pulled out all the stops to the finish. Do this race once in your life! Date of review: October 31, 2005