In short: Good fast course and well organised In full: First time at this race and thouroughly enjoyed it. Not completely pancake flat as there's a few very long drags but nothing of note to worry anyone. Well marshalled throughout and the tent at the end was very good with the hotpot. Good wollen hat and a medal. My only niggle (small) was the results are a bit slow to appear would expect at least the next morning. Date of review: January 19, 2015
In short: A fabulous race! In full: Incredibly efficient organisation and hard work ensured that this race took place despite freezing weather conditions causing the quiet country roads to become treacherous overnight. Very impressively dealt with! Thank you to everyone involved! Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Cracking Race.... In full: So impressed with this race today....great course, well marshalled, good race HQ qith ample pre race toilets and burger van for brekkie sarnie or warming Americano...nice goodies to keep the family happy in the goody bag and free hotpot - will recommend for a club race next year!!! Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Almost perfect! In full: Must start off by thanking the organiser and all the marshalls for an excellent event. Great encouragement from all of them too. This is a PB course - not traffic free, but this is not an issue. Excellent value, goody bag and hotpot :-) As said by other reviewers, only the start let it down. I'd do away with the arch seeing it's not used to it's full. My suggestion would be to start and finish on the Road too as mixing the finish line with exit for cars wasn't good. Other than this, perfect event. Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Fast & Rolling In full: I ran this race in 2014 for the first time. I found the entrance fee and what you got in return for it....hot pot, medal, woollen running hat and bar of chocolate excellent value.
You get a decent crowd out; despite the event being held in the middle of nowhere, people do come out and cheer you on, along the route. Which is nice.
There were plenty of marshals and drinks stations along the route and they did their best to encourage runners.
The courses is fairly flat, there are a lot of small up and downs which take their toll, but this very much a half marathon PB course and a perfect first half marathon course for someone nervous about the distance.
Only negatives were the start, we all lined up along a start line and then suddenly people started a slow jog down the road. A number of runners started their watches, whilst others asked around if the race had started or not.
Then perhaps 100 metres down the road the pace suddenly jumped and it seemed that the race had started for real. Not sure, what happened there, I was fairly near the front yet didn't hear any instructions from the race marshals, and neither did anyone around me.
The finish was a bit confusing too as they had a large 'Finish' banner, but we were only aloud to cross it at the far left. This left a few runners confused as they headed towards the middle or the finish banner only for spectators to jump out point them in the right direction at the last minute.
In future I would get rid of the start/finish banner if you're not going to use it properly or re-organise the start/finish of the race, so that the full banner is used. It's better for us runners.
Id advice people to get to this event early for parking purposes.
It's fast and competitive you will enjoy racing this course.