In short: Thouroughly enjoyed the experience, even with the mud..! In full: I would rate this race, it was well organised and had a mix of abilities, it was nice to be challenged by club runners. Just glad the rain held off..! Definately up for next year. Date of review: January 25, 2009
In short: Fab way to kick my running year off!! Loved it, even the mud made me grin. In full: I know some people will be unhappy with the route change and the puddles...mud...etc but I loved it!! The change in route was well communicated and the organisation superb.
My wife loved the single sex toilets and we both were seriously impressed at being able to print off our times and race position straight after crossing the line!!
Big thanks to the organisers from two very happy runners :-)
See you next year. Date of review: January 25, 2009
In short: Tough hills for a beginner but well worth the effort In full: Event was very well managed with the option afterwards to have your medal engraved which made a nice change and boy was the medal huge and shiny. Dont know if there is PB potential here as there are some testing hills but netherless, it was a good day, nice weather and well worth the trip out into the countryside. The canal section is challenging as it is uneven but it makes the whole thing seem like two runs rather than one long run and breaks it up nicely.
I cant wait to do it again next year! Date of review: February 28, 2008
In short: once on the canal path it was fine In full: Enjoyable 12k, great once off the narrow roads, seeing 7k at 7 miles was a strange feeling. No timer was also disappointing. Nice medal though and goodies. Date of review: January 29, 2008
In short: Steep hill at 6.5 miles but otherwise good mix of gradual inclines and flat running In full: I really enjoyed this race. Had expected it to be hillier than it was so pleasantly surprised. My Garmin measured the distance as 8.34 miles so definitely further than advertised. Found the towpath surface quite uneven so had to be extra careful running alongside the canal but was a well organised race with some very encouraging marshalls along the route. Don't think some of the cars were too happy about all the runners in the road in the first 3 miles but most were careful as they passed by. Last hill at 6.5 miles was hard going and it then seemed to take an age getting back down to the finish - distance markers certainly weren't all accurate. Date of review: January 28, 2008