In short: A must do event! In full: Where do you start with this event! These are all the excellent bits: Holding an Event at Denbies, DJ, Warm up girls, Atmosphere, challenging off road route, Marshals, water stations (plenty) Tech T-shirt, lovely fresh fruit, beer, Massage (if req) the whole event was brill! Thanks ETL, you done the business again :-) Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: A race with a true 'Sting in the Tail'. In full: Having lived locally for many years and actually attended Caistor school as a child, it was nice to go back for the 10k this weekend.
If you have never been to Caistor, it is located in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds, and Caistor itself is on a hill.
The Sting in the Tail 10k deserves the name as it truly does have a sting in the tail. The first 7k takes you out of the town along a main road, through woodland and this portion of the course is mild. The true test is when you reach the final 3k around Nettleton (a small neighbouring village) where you first run up a long incline back into Caistor. Once in the town you then have other sharp inclines to navigate that take you through the town centre, back around and along the same incline to the finish. These hills would be tough work to walk, let alone run, and the Caistor 10k fully deserves its name due to this!
Of particular mention is the sharp incline close to the church. One to make your legs scream in mercy!!
Overall though, an excellent route and one to challenge yourself with. Well worth it! Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Great family day out. In full: This is a lovely 10 mile romp through the New Forest, well organised, in the perfect setting for a picnic after the race. So nice to run then relax after, instead of rushing off. Another hot year, race could possibly benefit from starting earlier to avoid the mid-day sun, and those stony trails aren't the most comfortable to run on. Lots of water stations were much appreciated, and the man with the hose. Lovely scenery, even had ponies crossing the course. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: One of my favourite races In full: Everything about this race is excellent... the Big Top was an added bonus. Great to have a PA system where you can actually hear what's going on. Excellent weather conditions and lots of fun. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In full: Caistor is a historical, roman ,friendly town in the Lincolnshire wolds. The fun running club embrace all comers : beginners to elite do this race which takes you out of town through a tree and rhododendron lined park and back into town. Not until the last 1 K does it challenge with a twisting rolling tour of the beautiful town centre. Finishing in the market place with a big crowd to welcome you. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Challenging - especially the last mile! In full: The only thing I would request water in bottles rather than paper cups. Would pay higher entry fee for this luxury. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: 10k race with a difference - a sting in the tail! In full: Superb race, very well organised and a very good course consisting of downhill, off road and hill descents. Good support from the locals. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: fantastic venue , real fruit , gels and sweets at all the feedstations In full: very friendly atmosphere, the fresh fruit was plentiful, a perfect alternative to chocolate on a very hot day, beer and a proper technical top for the finishers. special thanks to the marshals for their enthusiastic cheers all around the course Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: My first "sting" and it won't be my last! Excellent organisation, superb value for money and a cracking course. Tough of course, but the atmosphere made up for it. Definitely one for next year. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Off road 10k with a bit of attitude In full: Have done about 6 local 10k races but not managed to get to this one before. It is held every 2 years. This route is 80% off road across fields, all cut back but with some challenging footwork required. There are a good number of long climbs over fields with many a person (including those with running club tops on) walking some. That said, they aren't insurmountable and actually are very uplifting once completed. Not a chance of a PB. I run 10k in around 51 mins and added 5 mins to my race time this year. However, it is one that I'd do again. Very good pre-race organisation. Chip timing to boot. All for fund raising of St Clare's Hospice who support those needing Palliative care. So, you can run the race and know you've also done your bit Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Fantastic organisation and lovely course In full: Really well organised and friendly event. Loads of people out around the course. Hills at the end were tough, but the crowds cheering you on helped! The start was a bit tricky, being down a narrow, steep path. Chip timing would have been nice due to the slow start for us runners nearer the back! All in all though, a beautiful course, excellent organisation and support and a brill goody bag! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: manic start In full: This is just one big fun run. Do not do this event if you want to race. enter a proper UKA event. Not sure it was even properly measured. Friends had Garmin readings around 6.4 miles. I know London is a problem for Garmins but not usually by that amount of inaccuracy . The other possibility is that we all ran so far dodging past all the amount of people. It is not really a race but a big charity day out. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: If you ever need a race to inspire you then this is the one for you. Absolutely brilliant event. In full: Difficult to find a fault with this event. Anyone who says Lincolnshire is flat ought to run this one. Seemed a bit cruel taking us down the fill from the finish area to go to the start. Great course, great marshalling, great organisation. If you want a PB then don't bother, you want a cracking run then this is it. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Very enjoyable Half Marathon In full: This is one of the most delightful courses I've ran. The scenery along the route is fabulous and its worth worth the entry money alone. Strongly recommend this run. Date of review: July 14, 2014