In short: My first "sting" and it won't be my last! Excellent organisation, superb value for money and a cracking course. Tough of course, but the atmosphere made up for it. Definitely one for next year. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Fantastic organisation and lovely course In full: Really well organised and friendly event. Loads of people out around the course. Hills at the end were tough, but the crowds cheering you on helped! The start was a bit tricky, being down a narrow, steep path. Chip timing would have been nice due to the slow start for us runners nearer the back! All in all though, a beautiful course, excellent organisation and support and a brill goody bag! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: If you ever need a race to inspire you then this is the one for you. Absolutely brilliant event. In full: Difficult to find a fault with this event. Anyone who says Lincolnshire is flat ought to run this one. Seemed a bit cruel taking us down the fill from the finish area to go to the start. Great course, great marshalling, great organisation. If you want a PB then don't bother, you want a cracking run then this is it. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Very well organized and challenging yet fun race In full: A great race, very well organised, loads of friendly marshalls and cheering. My wife and kids said it was the best race they'd been to with me and glad they came. They loved the fact that they didn't have to wait long after the off to see us again, apparently they just finished their lovely sausage burgers off as I came running up through the town again! and then they didn't have to wait long again to see me arrive at the finish!
Personally I loved the downhill at the start and the 'Sting' at the end, I love hills and that made the difference from all the other 10k's i've been to. Goodie bag was good value for money too! :) Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: A good up and coming 10k with great potential! In full: Fast on the descents although a challenging final 3km. Pretty scenery with a variety of terrain, including some soft trail to take the edge of the road! Good atmosphere and support! Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Fantastic scenery of the Lincolnshire Wolds, good variety of surfaces to run on, though the hills at the end of very unforgiving In full: This was my first Sting in the Tail race and the name of the race is well deserved. The run starts of downhill and flat but about 6k in the inclines start. There are 3 memorable hills on the course which are quite challenging and certainly live up to the sting name. The goody bag and t-shirt were excellent value given the entry price. Chip timing would have been the icing on the cake, but that said I will definitely do the race next year Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Well worth travelling for - the whole town seemed to be supporting the race. In full: If you were to choose a 10K race on atmosphere alone, the Caistor "Sting in the tail" would be right at the top of the list, it really did seem as though the whole town was either running, supporting or marshalling on the day.
When you add in the excellent value for money (great goodie bag and tech t-shirt, despite the the low entry price), ample parking, 3 water stations, closed roads, and the market square finish, it couldn't really be much better.
The course isn't what you'd call "guaranteed PB" by any means - it's basically a slight downhill for the first 2 or 3K, flat (including a unmade road gravelled section) for the next 3K, gradual uphill for the next 2K, then several short, steep up and downhill sections in the final 2K.
It's not a race where you'll particularly care about your time though (until next year, assuming the route is the same so you can compare it year to year), but it is a race that you'll definitely want to do again, given the superb atmosphere.