In short: my favourite half marathon In full: 2nd year here and again a great race. The course was tougher with a lot more of the dirt turned into mud. the encouragement at the drinks station at the Globe was awesome - and I have run the Ashby 20 - really well organised and the mountain of free cake at the end plus the ability to immediately see your gun time and position were nice touches. the first and last of the main hills have a real bite to them. somehow i got a pb! back again next year for sure :) Date of review: November 17, 2012
In short: A race that defines why we run - it has it all In full: This race has it all and I keep on coming back. It's a quick 10k along the towpath. Then after it transmogrifies into an adventure race for a few miles, as it passes through hills, woodland and marsh and is extremely exciting. Then a return back to the towpath reminds you that this is a half marathon and it is time to spill your guts and hang on till the end. Simply brilliant. Date of review: November 17, 2012
In short: Fantastic! In full: I did this race last year and loved it but this year was even better! The glorious weather helped but being out in the wonderful British countryside running my best time ever in a half marathon made my day! As always great organisation and a very friendly atmosphere from the Dirt team. Can't wait for next year. Date of review: December 1, 2011
In full: Race HQ was at a local school & there seemed to be enough free parking to accomodate everyone. You had to collect your number on the day but when I got there, there wasn't any queues.
The route started out as quite flat along the canal towpath which was fine. Being a slower runner, I positioned myself towards the back so I wasn't blocking up the path for the faster runners. Parts of the path were wide enough to over-take although if you are a faster runner still best to get near the front.
After 5-6 miles, there is a long climb up hill but was worth it as shortly afterwards we were able to run through some beatiful woodland.
Unfortunately we weren't there too long before we started working our way back to the canal towpath for the last 3 miles.
Overall the race was fine, I was doing it off the back of an injury though so I didn't enjoy it as much as I probably could.
In short: well organised race, I'll be back next year In full: V well organised half marathon with good marshalling and signs. As others have mentioned more trail would have been nice, but great not having to run on roads! 1st 6 miles along the canal towpath was reasonably scenic, but the miles in the woods were much better. I was expecting more hills, but was also grateful there weren't more! Overall a good race that I will be back for next year. Date of review: November 23, 2011
In short: Fantastic race with beautiful scenery In full: Perhaps rose-tinted by the glorious weather, but this was a fab race with peaceful views of the canal, then a challenging but picturesque climb on a woodland track. There was no easy run down after that, but the stunning views just kept coming and were a good distraction from the undulations that followed! Once back on the towpath the last three or so miles were an easier run in to the finish. A brilliant race overall! Date of review: November 21, 2011