In short: A tough but thoroughly enjoyable race. In full: The hills are a major part of this race (13 hills in 13 miles and all that) I hope they remain. Organisation excellent, great atmosphere around the course. Weather was kind for the runners but not for spectators!! Lots of things going off around the finish area. Great place to finish is Berry Hill Park.
Definately worth it, although I think the race should be advertised far more locally.
In short: Uninspiring route, challenging hills but friendly atmosphere In full: Hideous route criss-crossing some of the less attractive part of the area. The Pleasley leg in previous years was much nicer. The hills just kept coming but still managed to knock 4 mins off last year at 1.39 so went home contented. Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: A challenging course In full: Wow, what a good hard half.
Although that was one of the hardest courses I've run so far, I'll certainly run it again. Plenty of marshals all along the course, the only downside was the roadside support was a bit thin but that was more down to the recent weather than the venue. Thought one of the inclines would never end but going uphill means you have to come back down. Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: bring back the old course! In full: I know i sound like a stick in the mud!! but the race has gone from quite country lanes to bus routes and lorries (choking on fumes!) The route was good and tough but the setting was not so good. I can't say anything bad about the organisation, great as always but please lets get back to nature.... Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: Top band playing in the park!!! In full: The signposting was very poor and I got lost on the way.Queues into Berry Hill Park were horrendus(45 mins before start).Enjoyed the challanging course.I thought the first 3 miles were quite easy but the hills between 6 and 8 were tough.The band in the park were fantastic(I can remember them from the old course).Finished in 1.31 so happy with that Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: How do you train for this! In full: I found it very tough - I've done hilly half marathons before but these hills were relentless.
I'll be back next year but will really have to examine my training reigime because I would need a lot more hills in my training to ever prepare for this. I was 11 minutes slower than my PB! Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: although it was my slowest time for a half , i thought it was a great couse In full: a very tough hilly half,in the middle of summer was never going to be easy.i thought it was very well organised and good value for money.i got to about 10 miles and started to struggle loosing loads of places. i dont know about other runners but i felt it was easy to set of to quickly over the first 5 miles and like me paying for it at the end. overall one of the best halfs ive done but if your after a pb look elsewhere Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: So this is what "hilly" is then!! In full: Really enjoyed today's race even though it's very flat where I live and today's hills were killers for me!!
There was a lot of support round the course (remember it's not FLM!) and the marshalls were great. Traffic could have been an issue in some areas - inhaling diesel fumes at times wasn't too nice - though it didn't affect my run.
Goody bag a bit thin (do I really want a prospectus for the local college?), but tee shirt fine and it fits!!
Only gripe - I'm not from Mansfield and struggled to find the start because the signs coming into town were rather small and I didn't spot a couple until I had driven past them!!
Would I do this race again? Yes - especially if you can arrange the weather to be as kind as today's was!! Date of review: July 1, 2007