In short: A fantastic well organised event. In full: I thought twice before submitting this rating, as I wondered if I should keep it secret, and thus increase my chances of getting in to next years race. Everything about this event is excellent. It is run over a scenic, relatively fast course, but what makes it special is the exceptional organisation put in to running the event by Matlock AC. The goody bag is especially good, the best I have seen. Date of review: May 22, 2005
In short: As I was saying before Bill Gate sabotaged by attempt... the first 8 miles are uphill. Great race and probably a chance of a personnel best. Bag at the end with edible stuff in as well, why hasn't anyone thought of that before. Great. In full: Why won't the year filed let me enter 2005? Date of review: May 22, 2005
In short: Work hard in the first half and you will be rewarded with a good time. In full: Half marathon: Unexpected rise up to about 8 miles then some steep descents made this not quite what I expected (Advertised as downhill profile). But an enjoyable race all the same. Great scenery, and organisation. A better goody bag than some much larger races. Well done Matlock AC. Date of review: May 22, 2005
In short: Harder than expected but will be back next year! In full: Half Marathon:
Was led to believe that half marathon course was flat up until 8 mile marker when descents came in. Not the case! First eight miles continually uphill (granted not steep but unexpexted). Two descents near the finish totally finished me off resulting in a disappointing time.
I will definately be back next year for my revenge and will put in the training that this glorious course deserves.
A big thank you to all concerned. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Well done to Ian Milne and his team. A good race overall. Very well organised. Found course challenging, but that was probably lack of preparation on my part showing through. I expect to be back next year and will be better prepared. In full: My first marathon. It wont be my last and I'd like to think I'll be back next year. From comments on forum I'd expected hills to tail off at around mile 13. There seemed to be a few more after that, which took it out of me. Now I know what to expect I'll be better prepared next time. Date of review: May 21, 2005
In short: Nice not to hard off road course, well organised In full: Lovely course on old railway tracks through the White Peak, prob 10 mins slower at least than on raod but not too hard course although three downhills in last 6 miles are hard on the quads.
Well organised and friendly, nice small field. Doing it again next time. Date of review: January 23, 2005
In short: If you love big races with thousands of runners and spectators then this is not for you. Plenty of space to run, fantastic scenery. A race to inspire the most jaded runner. Date of review: August 24, 2004