In short: Great race through nice countryside. 30k is a long way - well marked and marshalledd In full: Well done to Belper RUFC for the big effort needed to mark out such a long course across such varied terrain and so many footpaths.
Great race with real atomosphere. Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: Roman roads & Bridal paths??!! The Romans must have been drunk & God help the horses!! In full: This was a new experience for me and I never enjoyed it. I'd trained for the distance & the hills, but I found the terrain terrible, a running course that at times was just un-runnable. I spent much of the route walking as I'd only just recovered from a Sprained ankle and didn't want a repeat experience. However, The scenery was beautiful and the water stations friendly & supportive. Eventually, It was a relief to get back to base... but the freezing cold shower was an unwelcome finale! Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: 18 mile cross country with hills, mud and cows! In full: This is a fantastic race - one of the few long runs I truly enjoy doing. There is no chance of getting bored! The scenery and the terrain varies so much. The hills in the woods after 13-14 miles are tough when your legs start feeling tired but then again the scenery helps to get you going the last bit. Thank you Belper RR for a great race. Date of review: August 19, 2007
In short: Glorious scenery but a really tough challenge. Very satisfying In full: I found it very relaxing not to be checking my watch all the time. With challenging terrain and few distance markers there was no point! This was an event to simply enjoy and be happy and proud to be a runner - whatever your pace. Date of review: August 19, 2007
In short: Never a dull footfall :o) In full: A beautifully-organised, friendly, adequately waymarked event on what must be one of the most scenic routes on the race calendar. Which is not to say that it isn't mercilessly tough! "Multi-terrain" doesn't start to describe the variety of underfoot conditions. Lots of undulation, with several substantial ascents and descents. Stiles galore, and if you want to win you need to make a nippy getaway at the start to avoid the early bottlenecks. This will only be my 30k PB until I do another 30k, but it's the sort of race that's worth doing for its own sake. Date of review: August 19, 2007