In short: Great Race In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this race. That atmosphere whilst waiting at the start was buzzing. Nice mix of hills and some great scenic view to enjoy on the way. The water stations were well placed especially on what felt like a humid day. Great Job. Highly recommended. Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: Great race, great atmosphere, steep hills! In full: What an excellent race! Those hills are a quad killer, but I absolutely loved running up them. For anyone wanting a challenge, something different from the usual flat fast course, then this is the race for you. Don't expect a PB unless you are used to hill training. I've never done any proper steep-hill training but I loved this challenging course from start to finish. Tech T-shirt is nice. Barbeque at finish was a nice touch. Fabulous marshalls, friendly and encouraging. (Sharon, race no: 329) Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: Good race, well organised. In full: It's the first time I've run the course under race conditions and it was certainly a challenge. The weather was kind and the crowds shouting encouragement at the finish were excellent. Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: They're clearly very proud of this race, and with good reason! In full: Excellent value for money, a growing number of racers each year (and a fast field at that), a very enjoyable route consisting of twists, turns and hills - as good a course as you get on road, really.
Very little traffic on the roads, brilliantly organised, couldn't ask for better water stations. Great parking and the Blacksmith's Arms pub, too. The technical tee at the end is a nice one.
One thing they could do to improve it is to think about the starting procedure. Because of where the start is (and it's a perfectly measured 10 mile course), they made everyone wait on the other side of the road, not at the line. The starter then got everyone to the line and literally 15 seconds after we'd moved, the gun went off, without any previous audible warning. In a race without chip timing, this isn't great, since apart from the first two rows who always get themselves to the front, all abilities were now crammed together. Please find a way to give us at least a full minute at the start line to get into a position we're comfortable with. I realise this was related to the safety issue of the traffic.
Great weather on the day, too, and the Wolds Vets are a very friendly club. I'm only not putting this as an all-time favourite because I reserve that for very out-of-the-ordinary races. This one does the ordinary extraordinarily well. Date of review: September 3, 2012