In full: will definately do this again next year if it's staged again. A fantastic race, mix of stony forest trails, paths and fields, with only a couple of very short road sections. Quite hilly - seemed to always be going up or down, and I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner. Organisation and marshalling were faultless. Enjoyed this so much more than a half on the roads. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Well thought couse, organised, marshalled, supported. In full: This was my first timed 1/2 marathon so it was a PB! What a super day out and running in an area that is without doubt a jewel of the NW. Top marks to 2:09 Events for brill organisation, super course, well marshalled and supported by mountain rescue. Hope to see you back here. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: First time half marathon race for me and what a baptism! In full: Plenty of hills for those with enough stamina, nice scenery and very little in the way of outside influences such as traffic and pedestrian footfall. Some hills were particularly hard work which led to a small amount of walking/step climing in places, but nothing that cannot be dealt with by the average person that trains on a regular basis. Definately not one for an irregular runner in my opinion and probably more suited to someone that undertakes frequent hill climbs in their running....if you wish to frame that is. I personally do not have any hills in my area, but this was a great work out and my overall pace beat my current training PB at 11 miles. This I put down to the competitive nature of the run (this is my first actual race) - all my running has been by myself to date. Loved the day out and look forward to Royal Parks soon (which this was supposed to be a practice run for!) and will definately do a Saab Salomon run again - provided it's a half and not a full! much too early to consider a full as i've only been running outdoors since July!
Goody bag was good as the shirt would have cost almost the entry fee if purchased seperately and loads of other stuff in there for another day. Milkshake was 550 cals but had loads of protein and tasted real good so didn't give a monkeys at the time. Couldn't eat much else after though, but who needs to! Date of review: September 19, 2009
In short: Not your usual half... In full: First trail half marathon, saw it was round a reservoir and thought well at least it will be flat... whoops. Once the shock of the first 2 miles was out of the system (by mile 6 for me!) was very enjoyable. Great organisation, supportive marshalls, fantastic goodie bag. Date of review: September 19, 2009
In short: Well organised, challenging and scenic. In full: Great event - looking forward to next year already! Great goody bag and T-shirt, lots of supportive marshals and the Mountain Rescue were really supportive and motivational too. Thanks Mike. Date of review: September 19, 2009
In short: Really well organised enjoyable race. In full: I've done many half marathons, Grim, Hellrunner etc but this was my first trail half marathon. Everything was really well organised, parking, toilets, food, chip timing etc. Start easy to find and path was wide enough for trail overtaking. First 2 miles were a shock but views were impressive. Up and down but nothing major until around 11th mile - that was a tough one! A great day anyway, looking forward to Turbo X next Sat in Sheffield! Date of review: September 19, 2009
In short: Well organised, challenging and scenic. With fab goody bag! In full: My 1st half and trail race. Ill definitely do again given the chance. There's a few tough climbs but they're usually followed by a nice downhill section. It was well organised with good marshalling and regular drink stations. The goody bag and Salomon T are worth the £20 entry alone. Great. Date of review: September 19, 2009