In short: Fantastic day - recommend to all - great scenic route, plenty of water stops & appreciated jelly babies at top of 2nd hill! Also PBs for several in my club including self so more than happy - will be back :-) Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Well done to every one who made it possible even with the highways agency throwing a spanner in the works, but you can't keep a good race down. With out your effort it would just be another boring Sunday. I salute you;) Date of review: March 11, 2012
a big thank you for a well organised event,run like clock work, great team and great marshall, of course i cant forgive you for that hill at 10.2 miles.. yet maybe not your fault!!! recommended half,great day for a great race plus fantastic goody bag. see you all next year... Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: A great race, well organised, with a route that keeps it intersting throughout In full: This was my first Newtons Fraction and it will not be my last. I will be back next year. A great venue to start and finish with plenty of parking. Plenty of changing facilities. Well marshalled and signposted throughout and although it says not traffic free, I hardly saw any cars on the road sections. The hills were a major challenge but it did show that they were steep very clearly in the course profile - so be warned!!! Good support along the way. An excellent goody bag at the end. For value for money - this has to be one of the best ones around. I would recommend this race to everyone Well done to all involved!!! Date of review: March 25, 2011
In short: Great course, great scenery, two tough hills, great organisation. Great! In full: I travelled from Doncaster (50-60 miles) for this race because I needed a half marathon on my marathon training schedule.
I would not hesitate to travel in the future just to do this race. The venue is easy to find, there is ample parking and good facilities within. Spot on.
The bottleneck getting out of the stadium was hardly noticeable, probably due to the relatively low numbers.
Even though the event is not billed as traffic free, most of it is on country roads with hardly any traffic, with a big section along the canal towpath. It's not a problem at all.
As for the route, it takes in a few little villages, plus a number of miles along the towpath. It's very nice all the way round, not Lake District nice, but about the nicest you'll find in the Yorks/Lincs area. It's fairly flat on the whole, apart from the two hills...
One is at around half way, the other is just after 10 miles. The one after 10 miles is particularly challenging, steepening, up to a 12% incline at the top. Forewarned is forearmed!
There were 4 water stations in all, which should be enough for anyone. None of them had energy drinks available, which would be my only gripe, but that's being very picky.
The post race goodies consisted of 2 chocolate bars, banana, energy drink and technical T-shirt. In short, much better than the normal.
All in all, this race is very well worth doing, certainly one of my faves already! For 15 quid, you'll struggle to find anything as good. Date of review: March 24, 2011