In short: Moderately tough half, not particularly scenic and some tricky off-road sections. Excellent organisation and very friendly. In full: We were unfortunate enough to catch the tailend of a nasty storm that battered France overnight. This made it a cold, damp and windy outing. Consequently the off-road sections, in particular the viking way, which is tricky to negotiate at the best of times, was made even harder going - very muddy, slippy and uneven for a good 1.5 miles - in true cross-country style. Route is mostly road and has a fair few long modest gradients, though nothing seriously tough, but a tad monotonous for my money. Start and finish sections (about half a mile) also on grass, which was a bit slippy. Very friendly, encouraging support and particularly well organized with generous goody bag and t-shirt. Decent parking though limited changing and toilet facilities. Not ideal PB material but would be worth the effort in good weather. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Tough weather to start but overall good varied course In full: Despite cold wind at start it improved. Mud wasn't that bed - had worse training runs. Hills not to bad apart from last one saying 12 miles - needed it to say 13! Struggled crawl last mile. But was nice to see end in sight. Excellent marshalls, water & jelly beans - thanks. Only minor point - need more female toilets! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: This is a great race, made special by the organisation and friendliness of all the marshalls, water station personnel, etc. It was my first timeon the Sleaford run and I shall definitely do it agan. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Great marshalls, great race. Well worth the journey In full: A good half which challenges without killing you! The off road section is more challenging than the average half and really requires a 2 mile shoe change for studs! With that a non-starter you slip slide away but you're soon back on the tarmac. Marshalling absolutely outstanding with great cheering and support. Well done Sleaford! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Not PB conditions today, but a very enjoyable race nonetheless In full: Very nice race, with enthusiastic marshalls. The wweather wasn't going to help today, which meant that the Viking Way got a bit slippery. Hills nothing to write home about, although I didn't tend to notice the downhills until they were finished and the shallow climbs started again.
I'd love to do this again in better weather - but in February there's never any guarantee.
One small gripe, though. There was some loose barbed-wire across part of the dirt-track. An athlete in front of me got caught in it, unentangled himself, and then got caught in it again. This was probably because we were running to the sides of the track to find relatively stable ground. I'd have hoped that a hazard like that would have been spotted while checking the route conditions and marked, ideally by putting a marshall there.
Apart from that, though, and despite the weather, I enjoyed it. Date of review: February 28, 2010