In short: Have run all 3 Bolts so far, and will make it 4 next year. Excellent event! In full:
3 out of 3 at the Bolt for me, and once again this was an excellent event. Great village green setting with BBQ, beer tent, playground for the kids etc. Varied but not especially testing course, although tiring as much of it is on sandy tracks, with a few inclines to get the pulse up! Really well put together by the people of Blakedown, with help from Stourbridge RC.
In short: Different!! In full: First time doing this and didn't expect this. Good points Great family atmosphere Great organisation Poor points Single file running after 500m didn't help and was frustrating. Scenery looked fantastic but spent 70% of the race looking at the floor to ensure didn't twist ankle.
In short: Fantastic offroad fun! In full: What a great run! Almost all off-road, along woodlands tracks and paths through fields. It's single-file a fair bit of the way, and there are some waits to climb stiles, which means unless you're at the front at the start it's possibly not PB material. But for a fabulous Friday evening run, it's spot on. Fantastic organisation and marshalling, glorious scenery and a great goodie bag at the end. Can't wait for next year! Date of review: June 19, 2009
In short: 10 out of 10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In full: Well done Blakedown Bolt Organisers! You have managed to stage a race over a reasonably challenging course, that is well marshalled, has an excellent atmosphere (before, during and afterwards), and that puts many other races to shame! There’s plenty for spectators to do whilst waiting at the end. And the lap around the playing field gives an opportunity for people to shout you home over the last 400 meters. There was an excellent BBQ and beer tent, which lots people stopped for (instead of immediately jumping in the car once the heart rate has recovered!). In short one of the best (if not THE best) local races, which I will definitely be entering again next year. Date of review: July 5, 2008
In short: Excellent well organised race! In full: This event is organised by a village committee and it puts an awful lot of running club events to shame! Its not an easy course but it is scenic and well marshalled. Back at the sports ground there was a lot going on for families and supporters which is probably why it was packed! Well done Blakedown! Date of review: June 29, 2008
In short: Fantastic event! Excellent organisation, course and support. In full: This is a first-class event, particularly given that it's only in its 2nd year.
The pre-race organisation was excellent, the bar, BBQ and kids activities meant a really good crowd of spectators and the course was varied, scenic and good fun. The marshalls were all very supportive, especially the lady just before halfway!
A lot of effort had obviously been put into this event by the local community and they all deserve a huge amount of thanks. Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: Enjoyable but very hard for a first 10k! In full: Great atmosphere, encouraging marshals, a water stop halfway, lovely scenery, and a bar and barbecue for the spectators. I found the hills really hard but it was my first 10k and I'm usually more of a road runner. I thought the water crossing was pure evil! Ran the last 3k with heavy, wet and sandy trainers. But a very friendly atmosphere and I would do it again if I could face the hills! Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: Stiles, sand and water In full: Not sure this is suited for beginners such as myself. Lots of waiting to climb stiles, running in sand and a water jump. Enjoyable scenery and friendly atmos but the aforementioned made for a slightly disappointing time. Date of review: June 23, 2008
In short: I don't remember it being that hilly! In full: I'd just like to say thanks to all of the organisers and marshalls for another good bolt (slightly drier this year!) see you next year! Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: A five star version of the stourbridge stumble In full: A very challenging and enjoyable run. Excellently organised with great facilities such as the BBQ and beer tent. Looking forward to 2009! Date of review: June 22, 2008