In short: Great organisation and lovely marshals. An undulating course particularly the first couple of miles but plenty scenery to look at. Slight course change this year to avoid busy road. Overall great race. My second time and I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 26, 2016
In short: Tough run/great atmosphere In full: First time at Clowne. Route: Predictably windy and steep, some monster hills. Atmosphere: Great atmosphere. Large enough numbers for there to be other runners nearby at all times - which helped when the locals were hardly out in force. But great marshalling throughout, everyone in the club must be out there and they were super enthusiastic even on a pretty grim day. Organisation: All good except for the very end. post-race it was very hard to find the way back to the car park. Value: Brilliant. I don't know how they can do it for the fee. Nice hoodie. Would I Recommend? Totally, everyone in the north midlands should be supporting this race. Date of review: November 26, 2016
In short: The things I'll do for some Flapjack In full: Generally well organised event that certainly had a 'club' feel about it rather than that of a mass commerical event. Challenging route as there's no break from the hills, they just keep coming and coming and coming right up until the last mile or so that is...yeah...uphill.
Wasn't keen on running with the traffic on open roads and there was very very little support from the locals (the weather was horrific though!).
Amazing when you finish and the first thing you see is a table full of flapjacks and cakes and smiling faces telling you to take whatever you fancy - then putting on your nice warm hoody.
BIG problem with the start and finish line not being at the same place though - our bags (with our warm, dry clothes!) were back at the start line which *should* have been about a 10 - 15 min walk away, but with absolutely no marshalls or signs or directions given, we, like a lot of people we spoke to, found ourselves wandering around Clowne following other lost runners and having to ask locals - it took us almost 30 minutes to get back, we we're frozen to the bone. It was then the same situation getting back to the car park, which for us was back up near where we finished - but if you don't know the area at all it's not the easiest task in the world.
Overall a good race that I am glad I did, but there was nothing special about it to lure me back again :)
In short: Great race, well organised In full: New start worked well, just a little crowded at Race HQ for number collection. Friendly, great goodie bag. Wonderful, challenging course. Date of review: November 26, 2016
In short: Enjoyed this very much, afterwards. In full: A friendly race on a good scale. Excellently marshalled. Did get lost returning to start from finish... signs might have helped there! Thank you, very much enjoyed my day. Date of review: November 26, 2016
In short: Fantastic must-do event In full: A challenging course, especially as the weather can be so unpredictable at this time of year. Great views, very well organised and an amazing goodie bag & hoodie on completion. I love that the treats at the end are homemade, really adds to friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Can't recommend this enough. Date of review: November 26, 2016
In short: Tough for a first go In full: This was my first half in fact first race ever! I found it quite challenging in places but very doable, some nice scenic views along the way to take your mind off the hills that are coming. The organisation and support was great. The hoodies we received are good quality and very warm. I've certainly got the bug and can't wait to do my next one. Date of review: November 26, 2016
In short: A good race which could be better. In full: A good race but why oh why not have the gate open at the exit to the road? Also, with so many marshalls , have one holding open the swinging gate halfway round. Surely the stony pigs trail down from Box Hill is more dangerous than the normal descent? Is someone noting these criticisms? I hope so as it's too good a race to mess up! Date of review: November 24, 2016
In short: 2nd time, already booked next year In full: Great race, great scenery. Loved the extra large medal. Think at the price there could be at least a bar of something for everyone. I believe there were 9bars for some. I was closer to the end than the beginning but by no means last but all there was was a bottle of water. Not very impressed! Date of review: November 24, 2016
In short: Badly organised, but PB potential if you can park the car! In full: Took me an hour and 20 to park from less than a mile away, would have missed the start if not delayed. The whole area was grid-locked as just a single car track entrance to the park. Enjoyed the run though, got a PB so is a fast course although a bit tight for the numbers and a few unwelcome U-turns. Had to try and find water etc. after the finish, just all seemed to be have been done on the cheap, pointless t-shirt also. I won't do again, parking has put me off even though they have apologised and said it won't happen next year! Date of review: November 23, 2016
In short: Absolutely loved my first off road race. Never even ran the Ultra 10k distance before, let alone on that terrain before!! Despite that, I thought it was brilliant! Date of review: November 22, 2016
In short: Challenging but not too difficult course, lovely scenery, friendly race In full: 1st time doing Clowne. Well organised. Great course, challenging enough without being too hard. Good finishers bag, really great quality hoody - something a bit different than a t-shirt for once and very welcome due to the weather. Loads of free cakes and flapjack made by the club (I presume) was a lovely touch. Only downside was the weather but that can't be helped. Date of review: November 22, 2016
In short: Dreadful weather but great day out In full: It rained, it was cold, there were hills (near the end not the beginning) and it was a challenging run..
Super friendly marshalls, great goodies at the end (homemade flapjack and a hoodie!) and i managed a 8.10 minute PB on a course and in conditions that alot of experienced runners told me was challenging.
Not closed roads, but well marshalled where there were cars.
Thoroughly enjoyed it though and its high on the list to do again next year Date of review: November 22, 2016
In short: Good alternative to flat tarmac H/M In full: For a run that's is basically run by volunteers it's pretty damn good. Don't come looking looking for PB's as it's virtually all trail running. I have done many halfs before for times this one I did it just for the physicality and it was different:)