In short: Toughest race of my life In full: Great race. Had a brilliant day. Torrential rain, flooded roads with huge hill climbs. Good mix of road, off road, hill climbs and down hill sprints. Very testing but all great fun. Organisation very good and well done to all the stewards who braved the non stop hard rain.
In short: Very scenic and variety but lots of hills In full: Good stuff but challenging hills. Lot of variety though. I wrote a full review at http://esoluk.co.uk/run/?page_id=396 Date of review: July 20, 2011
In short: I Love it In full: Third time at this race and inspite of/because of the dreadful weather, I got my PB (for this course) I feel bad for telling a few first timers that the climbs weren't that difficult. Somehow in my head I remembered them to be a lot easier than they actually were. They are not easy, they are tough. I will remember this in future! However that makes this race more rewarding and the downhill sprint finish is just brilliant! It's one of my favourite half marathons and the organisation is spot on. I love the mugs, one more race and I'll have a full set! Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Another race to put away your watch and just enjoy In full: Don't even think of a personal best unless it is your first half marathon. But what an outstandingly relaxed atmosphere and what wonderful countryside to enjoy even in the pouring rain. Well done to everyone involved in the organisation. Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: Brilliant as always In full: What a great race this is, the organisation is great, the course is intersting, the atmosphere is excellent and the prizes are....er....different!
There are only 2 half marathons in the year that are on my door step. This one is better in every category apart from PB potential in my opinion. The atmosphere at this race is like no other I've been to, smiles everwhere despite everyone being soaked through before they'd even reached the start line. Although not really a beginners course as it's tough, the atmosphere more than makes this a great run for anyone to take on as their first race or half-marathon distance. You can then smash your PB somewhere else but it won't be as much fun!
Well done Andy and all involved. Date of review: July 17, 2011
In short: nice one! In full: not done this race for 11 years and remembered why after the 3 mile climb! cracking race, lovely countryside and well organised. i will however comment that had the weather been hot, as we would expect in july, then cups of water would be inadequate, please consider bottled for next year.
the course is a great mix of flat, up, down, road, trscks and grass. probably one of my all time favourites.
well done to all involved in the organisation, and i really enjoyed the rain!! Date of review: July 16, 2011
In short: Very good run. Well organised. Scenic when not raining very hard! In full: Well marshelled. Good amount of water points with sponges. Plenty of inclines to test you. Great shame about the weather today. Liked the off road and managed to knock 4mins of my PB. Thanks to those who stood in the rain to marshall and manage traffic. Date of review: July 16, 2011
In short: Scenic, well organised but challenging race (Especially for beginners) In full: I really enjoyed the race, despite the torrential rain. Normally used to street running so the hills were challenging and it was a new experience running on trails for me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even managed to get round without standing on cow pats! Marshalls were encouraging us round on what was a day with absolutely terrible weather and big thanks to them for that! Love the mug as well. Just a shame about the awful weather today - but will be back again to do it in hopefully glorious sunshine. Date of review: July 16, 2011
In short: Scenic, well organised race In full: I really enjoyed the race, despite the weather. Marshalls encourage you round and run on nice quiet country roads. Off road section really nice. Love the mug. Just a shame about the weather thats all - but will be back again. Date of review: July 16, 2011
In short: Great run, great organisation! In full: I entered on teh day so there weren't enough of teh hand made commerative mugs for me to have one. Left my address and it's just been habd delivered to me, 40 miles away and a few weeks later! No run I have ever done has this level of runner care!! Oh and it's a great run, challenging but brilliant. Date of review: November 10, 2010