In short: tough and challenging comes to mind, but very enjoyable In full: 2 days later and still have aches and pains,this event is a great builder upper for the tough guy events down birmingham. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: A really enjoyable offroad event well marshalled and well supported by the spectators. In full: Enjoyed the race more this year thanks to the rain helping you cool down in the 2nd half. Scenic course and a welcomed downhill finish! Hope to be back next year! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Well organised, well marshalled, field not too big or small, undulating, scenic and fun In full: A pleasant surprise. Well organised, slick race. First mile is mostly uphill but it's not ridiculously steep. Mile 2 largely flat, miles 3 and 4 mostly downhill and mile 5 is uphill but again not ridiculous.
Not sure you can totally trust the mile markers - mile 2 appeared to be long with 3 and 4 possibly short, 5 seemed about right.
The course is faster than it may appear if you judge your effort right! Everyone gets a coaster for finishing, prizes up the front aren't overly generous (if that's your thing) but overall it's a cracking race that I really enjoyed doing. But you'll run a faster time somewhere else if you're in shape to do so. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Excellent four race series In full: All four races challenging - called 'Hilly' not just because of the sponsorship but also cos of the terrain. All are tough and being on consequetive days makes it harder but well worth doing especially if you're bored with the 'round the park' type of event. Fourth race is the hardest - 2 miles uphill (very steep in places) followed by 2 miles back down. Only minor gripe - would have liked a better (medium) t-shirt to celebrate doing all four races. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: An excellent day. My second half marathon ever. Great run. In full: The forest track seemed either so sandy it was like running on a beach or rather stony. But over all a great race. I finished waaaay at the back but happy with my time all the same. Water in cups? (I presume that's normal but not easy to run with). Very good organisation and atmosphere. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Undulating but fast In full: Although the course has a couple of hills the worst of them is at the start and it probably works in your favour by stopping you from going off too fast. The route is a mix of country roads and forest and farm tracks. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: superb race and what a setting for the start and finish In full: Hats off to the organisers and all who marshalled/ manned the water stations etc. Plenty of support all the way around. hopefully I have persuaded my brother who was watching to enter next year, 13 years after his last half marathon. The Athletes only zone at the end is really great news - no having to push your way through well meaning supporters. Roll on next year!! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: not for the faint hearted! In full: with the heat I was not expecting a PB but when I saw the hills there was a major reassessment. This is a good experience but for training not racing, the non-stop up and down is draining and would definitely not be advisable for beginners. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyable race. In full: Plenty of water (both provided by the marshalls and by the clouds!)Managed to knock nearly 6 mins off my PB. First off race I have done and will definitely be considering doing more. Could have done with a couple of portaloos at the event site. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Excellent run on forest tracks In full: Really enjoyed this one. Two laps of a clover leaf shaped course meant you could mentally divide the race into six segments which really helped to keep the pace when legs were tiring towards the end. Good varied scenery and a challenging but not overly tough course. Some confusion over which direction to take when leaving the field where the start line was situated meant that those of us at the front suddenly found ourselves towards the back! Otherwise a fantastic race. Very good value – a T-shirt for everyone and the prizes were WH-Smith gift vouchers. So much better than the usual plastic trophy! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: lovely weather, lovely people, great course In full: Found the first part of the run quite hilly but once hills were out the way, what a lovely course. Really enjoyed it and everyone was really friendly - will be back next year. Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Good day out, flat and something for everyone. In full: A real family success, White Rose Tri did a good job for the road races. The route was a bit contrived (convoluted) at times -maybe its because this old bovine does not like laps. Also claiming to have events on the web-site by a day/time and them not doing so makes you a hostage to fortune (today Tuesday, results promised Sunday evening, still nothing on web). Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Great race! Will be back next year! In full: A really good fun and enjoyable race! Great organisation and a nice touch with the band a 1k and again at 4. Think the last K was a little short though. Not a problem, and I'm still going to count it as my new PB! LOL... Thanks to all involved! Is next years date available yet??? I'll be back! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: Nice, fairly quick off-road course. Nice downhill finish. In full: A good, well-organised and friendly race. The course is all on good tracks and arranged in a three loop cloverleaf pattern so you're never far from the start or a drinks station. There's a couple of gentle climbs in loops 2 and 3, but payback is that you start back down the hill as soon as you reach the top each time. Date of review: May 31, 2005