In short: Second time racing but the last In full: As an fell runner, I was amazed to see this listed in the FRA handbook this year....why?...it's not a flippin' fell race!
This is the second year that I have run this, is an challenging course, if your used to tarmac, but is no way a fell race. Plenty of sign posts but on several occassions I had to call other runner back after they went the wrong way.
The course, as a whole is lovely, if you love rolling Derbyshire grassy hills with plenty of stiles. No steep descents or ascents, all runable.
The atmosphere at the finish is a little flat....I have run some pretty low key fell races and ultras this year around the country and everyone cheers all runners in this case.....and this seems to be 'Derbyshire thing'. Sorry Derbyshire - you really show a lack of friendliness to your runner visitors. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Awesome race.....again!!!! In full: Can only think that the previous poster (payless) was at a different race from the one I attended today. We were blessed with superb conditions, dry, good footing and very few slick areas even through Shining Cliff Woods, which is a notorious location for tricky running. Brilliant marshalling, an abundance of jelly babies and cracking weather made for one of the best long runs I've completed in 2010.
Superbly well done to the organisers once again. I'm a road runner/racer, but this event keeps me coming back for more.
Great having racekit.co.uk sponsor the prizes this year as they were superb and very generous.
In short: Tough run In full: Firstly, let me get the record straight. I love running off road, and love it in the Derbyshire hills – The Grindleford Gallop is one of my favourite runs. In view of this, as part of my training for my autumn marathon, I thought this would be perfect, and was really looking forward to it. I knew there would be hills and was keen to do this. I ran with mates, and the plan was to run together, and enjoy it in the same way as a Club Sunday run. However after 2 miles, going down a path that seemed more rocks that path, I turned my ankle. This set the tone for the rest of the run, as most of the trails were uneven, rocky and there was always a chance of turning an ankle (which I did again, at 11mile!). A lot of the trails were single path, so you couldn’t run alongside a mate and chat, and I was led to believe that the scenery was great – unfortunately I didn’t see much of it, as most of the time my eyes were on the path in front trying to find a decent place to place my feet. Also as soon as you got a rhythm, you hit a stile, or a wall that needed getting over, and this run is too ’stop/start’ to get going. However, got to say, its well marked out so the chance of getting lost is slim. In my opinion, this run is Ok if you don’t mind doing it with mates, without it being part of a training schedule. However you are training for any distance race, and need to keep going, this is too 'stop start', and the ground underfoot could scupper your training plan.
In short: Extremely well signed. Challenging, but at least it's downhill for the 'back 9'. Would recommend it. In full: I'm no distance runner so I placed myself out of harms way at the back of the line up for the start. My main aim was to complete the course - the more I ran the better. I'd focused on the first 9 miles and wasn't worried about a quick start (slow and steady finishes the race). With hindsight I should have been a bit more confident. The only real disadvantage I would highlight with this race is the kissing gates, bridges and styles at the start. My first two miles tool 26 minutes (not as much space as I thought for passing). But if I'd set out quicker I may have burned myself out. I'd envisaged a finish time between 3-3.5 hours and managed 2:55 so I was happy with that for a first effort. And the first 9 miles were challenging but not as bad as I feared. The hills are steep but manageable. My legs went at about 14 miles and the skin fell off my left foot. I thought I was going to have to walk the last few miles but managed to find a guardian angel to run with and she kept me going when I would happily have stopped. The final mile was a mixture of staggering, walking and running and the finishing line was a welcome sight - but nothing to compare with the glorious views as you climb out of Belper and across miles of fields. Might be a bit miserable if it rains, but it was fantastic today. I certainly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind a little bit of climbing(!) Well done to the organisers, particularly for signposting 30k so well. Date of review: August 15, 2010
In short: Hope to be back next year! In full: The event was well organised and marshalled. A bit of everything in terms of terrain. The last of couple of miles were a bit boring and seem to go on forever. Date of review: August 17, 2009