In short: Great run in the Derbyshire Countryside In full: Great run, if a little windy at timebut only to be expected. Marshalls were excellent as well as some supporters who kept popping up in various places. Only thing to watch out for are the few mindless mountain bikers who think they own the trail, but most were fine.
In short: Tough as teak but well worth it In full: Hard as nails but well worth the effort. Full credit to Matlock AC for a well organised race and marshals for outstanding support on a very windy, exposed course. The route was tougher than I'd thought, climbing gradually but relentlessly up to the High Peak trail for the first 23 miles! We then plunged downhill like divebombers for the next mile, leaving my calves and quads screaming to grind out the last mile down by the canal. The narrow trail was packed with bikers, walkers and horse-riders. Most were ok but some were pains in the backside, wandering all over the place. I even saw an Alsation chasing a terrified runner downhill in front of me at mile 24 after its idiot owner let if off the lead. How dumb can people be?! Excellent support at the finish and a superb goody bag. Just a shame they'd run out of full marathon T-shirts before I could buy one.
In short: This one rocks, you won't do many more relaxing & scenic 26 miles... In full: Fantastic race, great VFM, good organisation, really good atmosphere and a cracking PB for me! Happy day out :-) If you like smaller races and a challenging course this one is well worth checking out, I'll be back to do it again... Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Fantastic scenery & organisation In full: A great run; its described as hilly and although it climbs very gently it took it out of my legs, the down hills are steep. Organisation, atmosphere and marshalls all excellent. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: very friendly In full: The organisation was faultless and the race is great value for money. All the marshalls were encouraging and it must have been freezing for them to stand at their points for so long in the cold wind. I particularly want to mention the chap at the turn around point at Parsley Hay, he was smiling and had a kind word for everyone who went passed, at what was the most exposed point on the course. Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation, I wouldn't do this race again, simply because there are other races to do. The views are great, if you can pick your head up for long enough, but the long climb is tough, and the steep downhills tougher. It was a relief to get to the line, where the crowd really spurred me on. Thanks again. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Tough but quick marathon with excellent organisation In full: windy at times & despite getting cramp at mile 20, this race rocks. billed as hilly but the uphill is nothing but a slight incline and the downhills steep but quick. very pretty race. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Roasted Alive!!! In full: But this is still my favourite marathon by far. Despite the exceptionally hot weather the atmosphere was great, and the marshalls were very helpful and provided extra drinks and sponges. A big Thank You to Ian Milne, Randell Tassell, and the rest of the team at Matlock AC for the excellent job they always do in staging this very special event. Looking forward to coming back again next year!! Date of review: May 26, 2010