In short: Fantastic Experience In full: As an an ardent road runner, the BRR has shown me the unique delights and challenges of off-road running. The scenery was fanastic and the organisation superb. It was quite a tough course with several long climbs. However, I found the uphills presented less of a problem than the downhill sections. Highly recommended, but be prepared for the endless stiles, kissing gates, walls to climb over and gaps to squeeze through, and the bumpy terrain, especially on the steep downhill sections. Date of review: August 22, 2006
In short: Top marshalling, scenery and a course that holds your interest right to the bitter end! In full: 18 miles, but so hilly that I think a safety net of 20 mile + road runs would help to really enjoy the run. Great company, and some sections of serene loneliness makes it a defining race to experience the pleasures of running. Unique to be clapped in by most of the other runners at the end! Thanks Belper RUFC Date of review: August 22, 2006
In short: What runing is all about In full: I am probably biased as I am a Belper Harrier and this is my home turf, but this race is what running is all about. Challenging but rewarding and competitive but with friendliness and encouragement. Plus you have the outstanding scenery of the Derwent Valley that so often gets overlooked as it is in the Shadow of the Peak District. Great marshalling organised by the rugby club - perculiar distance markers notwithstanding. After five miles of cramp I hobbled in at just over three hours, I cut my leg in two places, one of my contact lenses fell out in the woods (luckily I miraculously caught it)and I have just had to fork out £25 for a massage in order to be able to move today, but I honestly don't care. Where I can I sign up for next year? Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: Do some hill training first! In full: I signed up for this as my first off road race, my first race over half marathon distance and having done virtually no hill training in preparation. Oops! I managed to get round, but I won't claim it was easy. It gave me a chance to appreciate the route a little more as I struggled up some of the hills! Very enjoyable, but I'm definitely feeling it today. Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: What a Fantastic experience In full: Well, what can I say... good atmosphere... lovely crowd... awesome race, but my god, what about those hills... dont' do this as a first off road like I did...
However, I'll be back next year, only this time I'll be trying to win it me thinks... 8th this year ;-) Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: Fantastic scenery and a very tough race. In full: This is my second year of running the Belper Rugby Rover. This year I found the markings on the course far better, and didn't need to resort to my map at all.
It's through fantastic scenery, but make no mistake it's a very hard race, with some very steep inclines and some climbs lasting miles. But you get to share the atmosphere with other similarly mad and wonderful people :-). Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: What a way to spend a Sunday Morning but,well worth getting up for. I would recommend to any "mad" runner that wanted something different!! In full: The Rugby rover was well worth getting up for, everyone was friendly, biscuits at the check points (I had a jammie dodger!!) This race is DEFINATLY not for beginners although they could do the walk. Fantaastic views of the surrounding countryside and if you got there late enough you could have a swift half at one check point as it was at a pub!!. I would recommened this run to any mad marathoner who wants somthing different this is a absolute "gem" of a race that is small and well worth a trip. Although the day after I ached in places I never knew existed but, I shall be there next year. Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: Hilly, Scenic and tough (tougher than a marathon?) In full: Fantastic race. Managed to run all the way (although pace at times resembled a fast walk !). Brilliant scenery. Apparently one guy broke his shoulder and one lady cut her head open !
Must have been about 30 stiles to go over (couldn't get my legs through some of them they were that narrow!).
The uphill to the radio masts didn't seem too bad but the hills in the woods were a killer after running so far !!
I've not yet run a marathon but I think this race would be tougher than a marathon on the flat Date of review: August 21, 2006
In short: Hard. Hilly. Very very satisfying In full: Well worth the drive down from Leeds. While it is fair to say it's not fast, it probably is a PB course as I don't know of many 30K races.
Well marked hilly route passing through beautiful countryside on minor roads, bridleways, footpaths, fields and woods. Friendly runners and marshall made the going that little bit easier. Make sure oyu've done your hill work before signing up! Date of review: August 21, 2006