In short: What a great day out - and a PB to boot! In full: Thoroughly enjoyable day, well organised race and lovely setting, good food afterwards as well. Wasn't expecting a PB but got one anyway. The hilly grassy bit at the end was gut wrenching but the avenue of trees after that was worth it - and that was all just in the last 500 metres! Great fun. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: fantastic race In full: I really enjoyed this race it was my husbands and mine first event. The marshals were so friendly and made sure everyone got support through out the race. If a new runner wants to do this i wold advise them to do some hill work before doing it. The start and end have some tasty hills but it is all worth it and this can be a great first run Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: my first race. Loved it In full: Lovely place, great organisation, super-friendly marshalls - don't know what they are usually like, but the marshalls at this event have certainly set an extremely high standard for other races to live up to. Glorious setting, liked the challenging ground. Thought the hillyness was just right. Oh, and as it was my first, I obviously got a PB... Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Fantastic race! In full: Hadn't really trained for this, so that prob explains why I found it a bit 'challenging', but absolutely loved it! Great course, organisation, freebies, etc, etc, etc. Shows how races can and should be run! Will def be back next year. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Really well run, delivered all it promised. Brilliant venue, great people. In full: Organisation was the best I have been to. Stewards were great and friendly. Dry weather made the course VERY firm but there you go. Course well marked out and a very pleasant run, apart from the last hill to the finish!! The only glitch all day was the lady running the bouncy castle who rudely told my grandson he wasn't allowed on because it was closed. She spoilt his day but we had a great family time, picnic by the lake, playground etc. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Superbly-organised race with lots for the family to do In full: Excellent organisation from the moment you arrive on site until it's time to leave at the end of the day. The wave-system worked well and ran like clockwork. Great marshalls. Bouncy castle and climbing wall kept the children happy. Bit of a climb towards the end, but a great day and I'm looking forward to next year. Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Cracking day out for all! In full: Pricey race but that is really offset b y the magnificent scenery and great atmosphere the day provided. Lots of goodies and nice feel. Glad the rain stayed away otherwise things might have been different. Course was challenging and very firm under foot with ankle twisting potential (saw a few hobbling at the end). Course would have been intersting if it had rained but so glad it didn't. Lovely scenery and wholly encouraging marshalls helped me to a respectable time in the mid forties. Lovely day out with my family watching, definite one for the calendar next year! Date of review: May 15, 2011
In short: Wonderful scenery, superb organisation and great goody bag In full: A great day out for all the family, free bouncy castle and climbing wall. 50% off Gore and Ronhill clothing, lovely food that was reasonably priced, wine tasting, beer tent, free goodness shakes.... Oh did I mention a run ? A beautiful 10k through pine trees, some hills (quite a few up and down bits) but nothing too horrible, put in to the mix friendly, encouraging marshals, well manned water stops and sunshine.
The registration was very smooth, no queues, fun warm up. Starting in waves was a good idea it kept congestion to a minimum.
I don't mind paying a bit more for a race if it is as well organised as this one and the t-shirt actually fits and is one I will wear ! It was also nice that the food and drink was not as expensive as some other events I have been to.
Overall I think it was the friendliness of the marshals that deserves a special mention, by the time I went round hundreds of people had been round before me yet they were still shouting words of encouragement, clapping, smiling and waving. It does make a real difference :) Date of review: May 15, 2011