In short: Awesome views and an atmosphere to match In full: I've got nothing but praise for the organisation and the spectacular views afforded over the route of the course. I chose the event specifically for the challenging route and it certainly lived up to the billing! The race was relatively small and I was very nervous lining up as, although I was in my club colours, I very rarely look round a start line and see such a high proportion of other runners lining up in club vests....and the selection I did see seemed to scream peak or fell runners. Gulp! Fortunately I didn't embarrass myself, but there was no doubt a bit more hill training in the lead up would have given me a better chance of climbing the second of the killer hills (not be be confused with the constant smaller undulations) without having to resort to walking quite so often. The drinks stations were plentiful and well placed, the marshalls on the course and supporters in the village were enthusiastic and a very welcome sight. But above all the scenery was just immense. As we ran along a ridge road there was way too much of it to take in at one point, then everything closed in as we wound through tree and bluebell lined roads. This is right up there as one of my favourite races ever - I might have to train harder and come back next year and see what I can do.....Thanks to all involved in organising such a great event and sharing your part of the world. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: tought but enjoy In full: I need to admit that this race was the toughest one for me but I enjoyed and did good time the race was very well organised and views was spectacular.I run i big races as Paris half marathon and I can say that tis one I enjoyed the most Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: tough In full: one of my yearly races and this year bettered myself by 4 mins getting 1h36 was 48th out of 407 just love those hills and the support in this lovely little village Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: Views over 5 counties! In full: I thought I could see the Angel of the North at one point!?
The whole (postcard) village seem to contribute to this event. Excellent signage and no problem with the distance from the base to the car parks (a mile). Excellent officials and plenty for the family to do while they wait (park and shops open).
The run was a tough one; don`t think I`ve felt that tired after just 3 miles of running, and then you realise that you`ve another 10 to do! I`d like to see my splits as I suspect they ranged from sub 7 m/m to 10 or 11s! 3 slow, 7 quick and then another slow 3 at the end.
An achievement just to finish this one and I`m just glad that the weather was so kind today! Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: Hilly, pretty and fun In full: LOve this scenic race.The hills are a killer and wish I'd done alittle more hill training but the support around the course and views take your mind off it all.More water stops than expected but as the weather is so unpredictable,was well planned as it would have been needed if warm . Will be back Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: love it hate it love it hate it love it hate it In full: my nickname says it all, so why do i do this race, year in year quite simple it's the best 1/2 marathon course in the UK, i would make a point of coming on holiday and pestering people to make sure i had a number. Date of review: May 16, 2011
In short: Not for the faint hearted, but well worth doing. In full: I ran the Eyam half for the 1st time in 2011 and really enjoyed the race. Crossed the line in 1:26:19 for 7th place which I was well pleased with, but it wasn't easy.
Firstly, the hills in and around Eyam are extremely steep. Thankfully, the longest ascent is dealt with after about 1 mile, but there are several short, sharp climbs throughout the course which really put a strain on your legs. Admittedly, all of those ascents are made up for by several fast, steep down-hill sections (particularly he last mile - fantastic!) but overall it is a very tough course.
The organisation and marshalling was 1st class, and the setting was very nice. A turnout of around 450 runners this year meant that it wasn't too hard to find a parking space and traffic on the way out was minimal.
If you are considering running this race, then I would highly recommend putting in a good few hours worth of hill reps in the weeks leading up to it, as this will definitely pay dividends! Date of review: May 16, 2011