In short: Tough but with plenty of highs (literally and figuratively!). In full: I'm proud to be from Belper - this race route shows the beauty of the area. (Don't let Tesco ruin it!!! see www.batsfusive.co.uk.) The organisation was excellent, water/marshalls great. A bit more pre-publicity around Belper and showing the route might encourage a few more locals out in support along the way (in the four or five places reasonably accessible by road); my husband was one of only a handful cheering people round. The photographer deserves a cheer too, with his pics available to download free providing even further value for money. Will definitely be doing it next year. Date of review: August 21, 2007
In short: Groovy Tour of Derwent Valley. Nice Sortie into Shining Cliff Wood to boot. In full: 9.95 out of 10. Only downside was the long wait for the presentations as the recipients had to wait a very long time for their trophies, which after running 30K isn't good. Also for £10, you'd expect a slightly better range of prizes!!
Everything else, especially the marshalling, route marking and craic were fantastic. Well done BRUFC. Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: Tough race,well organised and well worth the trip In full: This race really is as described, hilly, multi-terrain & 30K!! However, excellent organisation, route markers and marshalls made for a great trip out. I used this as a training run and boy do I know I've run it! Found it tough in parts but felt brilliant at the finish, even the cold showers couldn't dampen my spirits. Will be back next year and will spread the word about this excellent race. Well Done Belper Rugby Club. Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: Challenging terrain and tough, but extremely rewarding and fun . . . In full: . . . .the antithesis of running on a tred mill. My first race at this distance and I found it great in every sense, friendly, well organised, great scenery . . .
A definite a race for your diary
This is also great event for walkers and I surprised there weren’t more.
In short: Tough, Hilly, Muddy, Friendly, Great Event In full: If you only do one event a year do this one.
It has everything; short sharp hills, steady medium sized hills, long steep hills, mud, wooden stiles to climb over, stone stiles to squeeze through, overgrown areas, river paths, fields, cow pats (and cows to dodge - some looked a bit mean), roads, fantastic views (if you have the energy left to look up), woods, steep downhills, steady downhills, boggy fields, roman roads, bridal paths, rocky paths, runners, walkers, runners/walkers with dogs and I'm sure we actually run across someone's lawn at one point, although the lady in the conservatory didn't seem to mind !
Seemed tougher in places than last yr but it was very muddy and slippy in places due to all the rain - but that just made it more fun :) There were also a lot more runners this year
Managed to knock 14mins off my 2006 time so well chuffed.
Big thanks to the organisers and water station folks - top notch organisation and the course is really well marked so it's difficult to go wrong.
And a big thanks to the photographer who did all his work free !
I'll be back next yr...
In fact, as the race is so good - you guys should organise another... maybe a Derwent Valley marathon..... Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: Possibly the best event I've ever entered! In full: Excellent, challenging course. Very friendly and well marshalled. Plus qudos to the free race photographer! Date of review: August 20, 2007