In short: Great course, great scenery, two tough hills, great organisation. Great! In full: I travelled from Doncaster (50-60 miles) for this race because I needed a half marathon on my marathon training schedule.
I would not hesitate to travel in the future just to do this race. The venue is easy to find, there is ample parking and good facilities within. Spot on.
The bottleneck getting out of the stadium was hardly noticeable, probably due to the relatively low numbers.
Even though the event is not billed as traffic free, most of it is on country roads with hardly any traffic, with a big section along the canal towpath. It's not a problem at all.
As for the route, it takes in a few little villages, plus a number of miles along the towpath. It's very nice all the way round, not Lake District nice, but about the nicest you'll find in the Yorks/Lincs area. It's fairly flat on the whole, apart from the two hills...
One is at around half way, the other is just after 10 miles. The one after 10 miles is particularly challenging, steepening, up to a 12% incline at the top. Forewarned is forearmed!
There were 4 water stations in all, which should be enough for anyone. None of them had energy drinks available, which would be my only gripe, but that's being very picky.
The post race goodies consisted of 2 chocolate bars, banana, energy drink and technical T-shirt. In short, much better than the normal.
All in all, this race is very well worth doing, certainly one of my faves already! For 15 quid, you'll struggle to find anything as good. Date of review: March 24, 2011
In full: I used this as preparation for London Marathon 2011. The two hills were a killer. My legs are still aching. Great scenery along the canal. And here's me thinking I was good on hills..........not that steep though. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: March 23, 2011
In short: Well done by all involed In full: This is a great well organised run.Everyone involved are everythig anyone could wish for. Maybe they could cut a little bit off the top of the hill at 10miles. This is the first time I have run this 1/2 but hope to do again. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Best half marathon I've ever run! In full: This race was brilliant right from the off. Well organised, a splendid route (loved the canal, and even the two brutal hills!) and excellent value for money. It was well marked, with friendly marshals and supporters all the way round. The goody bag at the end was brilliant, and the t-shirt is one that will definitely be used! I will definitely run this one again next year and would recommend others too - brilliant! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Brilliant event! In full: Grantham AC & everyone associated with this race deserve huge congratulations for organising such a brilliant event at a fraction of the price of otherraces like the Reading held today as well.
This was my first "Fraction" but will definitely not be my last. Great event that couldn't be improved on. Top Marks Grantham AC! Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: Great race ! In full: My first time at the Newton Fraction and I will definitely be back for more in 2012. Superbly organised, with a small friendly feel. Nice route with a couple of proper hills, the one at 10-11 miles really got the heart beating. A big PB for me topped off a great day. Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: This event has moved on over the last few years and is turning into a top local half marathon. In full: Well done to organisors, marshalls and anybody else involved.I had a good day at Grantham today and you are all doing better and better each year on what is already a fine race. So much better than mass city half marathons, a real runners race. well done. Date of review: March 20, 2011