In short: PB course potential. Great organisation, great cake, awesome spirit. In full: Love this race. Great location for a quiet evening run. Brilliant atmosphere. Something for everyone. Beginner to elite friendly. Marshalls were excellent and facilities were great. The organisers made it even more special by having a selection of cakes made by club members. Real community/family spirit with a little competition between the bakers. Will def be doing it again next yr. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: A Must Do For Seasoned Runners In full: Fantastic scenic event, superbly organised from start to finish. Tough but worth it. Fabulously manned checkpoints by runners for runners. Brilliant event village. Can't wait to do it again. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Really enjoyed doing th 5k, first 5k ever! Definitely doing it next year, just going to train more now that I know I can do it :)! Great scenery, great runners and great organisers, also th locals watching th run spur u on! Roll on next year Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Well organised as ever, but course has no PB potential In full: Course was clocked at 6.3miles by myself and several people I spoke with, so a good 150m over-distanced, putting paid to any PB attempt. Race was well organised though, just a shame about the wind and extra distance. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: r beginners and experienced runners alike In full: Well organised, great atmosphere, very friendly community, beautiful scenery. 5k great for beginners, 10k has hills that are challenging for most runners but well worth the effort. Our group of Nordic Walkers enjoyed the 10k and would thoroughly recommend it. Complimentary refreshments provided after registration and by the local community at the end of the 10k race with delicious homebaking and divine tablet (Scottish fudge!) Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: My Favorite race for a few years. In full: I entered the 32 as I have a couple of 50ks and a 50 miler under my belt but this was something else (in a good way) a brilliant but tough course, exeptional organisation, brilliant marshals and a festival type atmosphere. Every runner got cheered in. From those at the sharp end right up to the last finishers. Great food and drink on offer afterwards which made it an awesome weekend. Cant wait to sign up for next year! Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Tougher than an angry rhino.... but you'll want to come back In full: This was a stunning course, but not for the faint hearted. I completed the 32 mile Black RAT course starting from St Anthony, it starts out fairly easy for the first 4 miles but after that it is an unrelentingly hilly beast! I throughly enjoyed the whole experience, and the faultless organisation will make this one to talk about for years, and I can honestly say I've never had the post party blues after a race... until now! No mistake this is a difficult race, but the varying distances mean that there is something for everyone. I now only wish I'd had the experience to do the full 64 miles, but I'll be back. Outstanding work Mud Crew, this race is going to go from strength to strength surely! Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Fabulous first fell race! In full: Loved this! Plenty of challenge in the course but found it took no more out of you than a road course where you're flat out for the whole 10k! Enjoyed the variety and perfect weather conditions helped. Mud, streams, climbs, descents and a nice flat finish. Nice goody bag, cotton t-shirt and and a whopping shiny medal. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: NIce run in the country In full: Miserable weather before the start and not a lot of shelter, but the rain stopped before the start making for perfect running conditions and sunny at the finish.
Mile markers were way out from mile 8 and the course was a bit short.
Nice medal, but obviously the same one every year as no date on medal or ribbon.
Overall I really enjoyed the race. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Great race In full: Will definitely do this again, very well organised, well marshaled, goody bag and a great medal. Slightly undulating but still PB potential. Great finish in the stadium too. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Cute Woodland Run In full: This is a great 2 lap course through the woodlands of Burnham Beaches. The course is generally flat with only minor uphills, which are not too difficult. Burnham Beaches is a great area for running and with some great marshaling and support it makes out to be a fine Half Marathon.
My only issue would be the very long walk from the car park to the start line (thankfully I made it with plenty of time) and the lack of goodies on the finish line. Apart from a good medal and water there was nothing else to get too excited about.
Overall I would recommend this race and look forward to participating next year. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: One of my favourite marathons - friendly and well organised In full: This is the 2nd time I've ran the MK marathon and it is one of my favourites.
Unlike some road marathons that I've done there is no running over train tracks (with the threat of having to stop if a train comes!) or dodging shoppers as you run through the local shopping precinct.
Yes there are a few undulations along the route but no steep drags!
For the first 2 or 3 miles (approx) you run around the centre of MK, free from traffic, where at times you double back on yourself which is great as you get to see your friends and other friendly faces going the opposite way - a great opportunity for a few hi-fives and cheers of encouragement.
Finish line - wow what thrill to run into Stadium MK to a mass crowd of supporters and the commentator cheering you on and see yourself on the big screen as you run round the track and over the finish line.
Along with getting a cool bling bling medal at the end of a race(one of the best ones I've got) it is important to me at how quickly I get my bag at the end of the race. At MK as soon as you have received your medal and your goody bag before you know it you are in the bag hall and one of the scout volunteers is handing you your bag with a big smile on their face, no waiting around because they cant find your bag (which has happened at other races - so annoying)
Overall - this is a well organised and friendly race, obviously organised and supported by runners for runners. Oh and P.S I got a PB - how fab is that!
See you in 2015 ;-) Date of review: August 19, 2014