In short: Top quality event In full: Not done Halstead for 4 years, and I will not be waiting 4 years to return. Possibly the best marshalling I have seen and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Every aspect of this race was organised so well cannot suggest anything to improve it. The bag storage was fantastic, well done there and I was in a warm shower within minutes of finishing the race. I massively congratulate all those involved in making such a great day out-fantastic. To end on a slight negative, poor that some runners were chatting etc during the minutes silence for Boston-clearly they did not read the instructions OR worse, ignored them.
In full: A lovely venue and generally well organized. Shame about the late start - plays havoc with the pre race mental and physical preparation. Biggest disappointment is that the official and published results are based on the gun to chip finish, rather than the fairer chip start to chip finish. What's the point of a chip! Made the difference to me of a published 6th place in age group, to what should have been a 3rd place, based on chip timings! Date of review: May 15, 2013
In short: Great Local run! Cheap and memorable, one for every year. In full: This run is organised by a small local club who aim to keep the price low whilst still raising money for local charities. Footpaths through woods and across fields make this run a little bit special and well worth the effort of entering - do it once and you'll do it again! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: A first class event, well organised, brilliant atmosphere, the whole package was excellent value for money. In full: A first class 10K plus a great day out for the family. For runners the race was well organised, plenty of marshals, water station, amazing goody bag and incredibly well supported by the locals which really boosted the atmosphere and your pace. For the spectators plenty of entertainment, stalls, music etc. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Brilliantly organised but relaxed marathon. The only on-road marathon I do. Beautifully rural, the windy course and undulations only help to maintain the interest. Other runners seem so friendly too. By runners for runners and it shows. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: A great introduction to trail ultras In full: Had a smashing time on the MDS last Sunday, as a first time the prospect was quite daunting but the organisers and fellow competitors were brilliant. The route was mostly well marked out and the checkpoints were wonderfully frequent and very welcome! Staffed by very friendly and cheery souls too. Helped through the final third by buddying up with Laura who despite her comments actually dragged me to the finish line! Meeting a total stranger and nattering your way through the pain to the finish line seems a perfect way to describe this friendly yet challenging and super-enjoyable ultra. More please! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: the hills are a killer but the cake at the end is well worth the pain In full: I did the 10k and it was my first race in about 4yrs. It was incredibly friendly, great organisation and really welcoming. Not many runners in the 10k class and they were mostly uberfit club runners.
The course is incredibly beautiful although the last 1k is a bizarre (and very hilly) loop which takes you past the turn to the finish off down a lane and then up a horrid hill. It is a really really hilly run (well this is the Peak District) however there is tea and cake at the finish line (and lots of lovely people to cheer you on as you stagger up the hill to the finish line)
I ran 1hr10 having needed to walk well over 1km in the middle due to hills and lack of proper training. I came last which was a bit depressing - in the past when I've run other 10k races there have been several people in the slow group but as there were only about 40 runners in total in the group I suppose I should have realised it might be quick.
I'll definitely be back next year but might tend my wounds by choosing a flatter race for my next one and doing some hill training before I tackle the bunny run again Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Great organisation, great medal, great value, great race In full: Very good organisation and plenty of water on route. Starting corral seemed to work somehow. There wasn't much pushing past despite not being separated by times. The start was very good with no bottlenecks. Excellent support with plenty of jelly babies and even a hosepipe shower from the locals. The first half was more challenging than the second half and it was great to get to Kirkstall Abbey knowing you we're on the home stretch. Great support at the end with impressive medal and tshirt. Also impressed with the ability to get a print out of your finishing time literally straight after you finished. We'll be back next year especially with the great early bird discount! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Great, well organised race. Good support from crowds. Enjoyed the city centre finish despite the hill at the end In full: Really enjoyed the race. Mainly flat course and really well organised. Plenty of portaloos at the start, efficient results service both on the website and direct to my mobile. Would recommend it to newcomers and seasoned runners. City centre finish was great especially as I had been able to park nearby. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation, undulating course. In full: A great day out. Excellent scenery, brilliant organisation, fantastic marshals. If only the organisers could have flattened out the hills! Date of review: May 14, 2013