In short: Enjoyable but cold In full: The race itself was very well run the marshalls were great(well done for sticking it out in all that bad weather) on the course & nice to have abit of mars bar too. But have to agree with the instructions on the leaflet they wre terrible & there was no tea etc for the spectators back at hq. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: cold, wet and miserable In full: Weather was pretty grim. A cold wind, rain and sleet! The route was ok with enough undulations to make it interesting, although 3 laps made it a bit boring on the 3rd! Very little support, but the marshalls were good. Nice Tshirt and goody bag. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: should be renamed sub 3 20! In full: Poorly organised race. Stupid map sent with race number detailing parking and said that there would be marshalls directing you where to go... there wasn't! Could get over that really. They should call it the sub - 3 20 miler.... it had said they would be shutting up shop after 4 hours but it was more like three! there were hardly any marshalls knocking around on my final lap. My boyfriend was waiting for me at the end and he said that four ladies who were race officials went after 3 1/2 hours! they were moaning that they had been there since 08.30... where as i had f**king run 20 miles!! he was helping some other offical doing the time keeping until i turned up. they had taken the finish line down by yhte time i arrived... 3hours 33mins. AND... one more thing.... i realise it was a cheap race and no goody bay was given out but i am sure the organisers could have provided a little something... like a mars bar! Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: could have been much better In full: terrible directions from the organisers ,if only they had included the post code on the race instructions it would have avoided us getting needlessly stuck in traffic going to another event up the road,marshalls or signs directing to the car parks would also have been useful.No catering available as advertised which was,nt much fun for supporters .the course itself was a tough test and well marshalled and great support from st johns ambulance . Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: A very tough FLM trainer In full: Must agree with above comments - Directions and map were pathetic . However once underway very well marshalled .Very tough course and couldn't believe the hail after two hours . I'd decided to run in just vest and shorts . I was so cold at the end I was unable to get the safety pins off my race number Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Direction to the start were poor which was the big complaint by quite a few. The marshalls on the coarse were great however and did their best to keep the busy road clear In full: 3 lap course with one big climb per lap. The heavy rain and strong winds made it hard work.
As mentioned above - the directions to the start really do need improving. Even once in the Uni there were no directions to the car parks or start line. No directions to showers / changing after either. Even got told to keep quiet as students were working which I found a bit odd at the end of a race!
Mashalls on the course did a great job trying to keep the road free but its a thanksless job, not helped by the county fair which happened to be on the same day!
Not sure if I'll be back. It fitted in with training for Paris but 60miles is a long way to travel for what was OK but nothing special.
Thanks again to the marshalls and support. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: instructions were plain awful In full: I live about 60 miles from Stafford but thought that this race would be ideal to see how my preps are going for a marathon in april. The instructions i got may have well have been written on a fag packet with a crayon. I had to look on the internet to get the postcode of the destination. (it is not difficult i know to look on the internet, but with everyone now having Sat-Navs surely it could easily be added to the race instructions) The instructions said "follow the signs". All well and good...........if there were any signs put out to follow. I drove past the entrance twice and missed it because it was not sign-posted. By the time i had realised my mistake it was now 10.30 and the race had started. My mind towards running was clearly destroyed and i then faced a long drive home again boiling because the instructions were as clear as mud Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: A scenic run in the heart of the dales countryside. Excellent food and atmosphere at the end.Marshalling & first aid let it down. In full: I had to stop running after only 5 miles. and had to limp back to the village in torrential rain and hailstones in near freezing conditions. Marshalls did not have space blankets/bin bags even at the finish. The First Aiders had dissappeared from the finish line, I was hypothermic by the time I reached the school in the village and was saved by the lovely ladies with several cups of hot tea. Will be back next year and would reccommend the race but would like to see race organisers better prepared for all conditions in future. Date of review: March 12, 2008