In short: A Fell Runner's Road Race! In full: Atmosphere very similar to fell races (relaxed, welcoming); Start could've done without the bus turning(!) and few stray cars blocking the way; Uphill not as bad as I was expecting, managed to run all the way!; Glorious views of Shutlingsloe, Macc Forest, Tegg's Nose, reservoirs etc; Bottle of beer at finish was a nice touch; Will deffo do this again :y: Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Well Done Macc Harriers In full: Loved coming back home and running on home turf. Suffered a slight strain to my quad but still managed to finish. Thanks to all the Marshalls and spectors that came out in the rain and cold. Loved the beer at the end! Defo be back next year. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Great race again this year, and definitely seemed easier knowing what I was letting myself in for, and knowing the fantastic views from the top! The change to the start for this year through me a bit, but great to finish sooner than expected! a Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Fantastic race as always (despite new start) In full: This is one of my two favourite races on the calender. Brilliant event as always, although I'm sure that hill has got steeper since last year. Great improvement in moving the finish off the muddy field. However, this necessitaed moving the start and as much as I hate to critise one of my favourite races the start was a farce. It was far too narrow, parked cars, cars and buses still trying to get through. Only clocked the new route as 6.90 miles on my Garmin also, have to check what the old route measured and whether it has shrunk! Despite the moan, everything else about this event epitomises why I love running. Thanks Macc Harriers and see you next year!! Date of review: November 8, 2009
In full: Fantastic race, hills very tough though, but survived to live the tale, and smiled all the way down!!! Definately will do again, especially for the beer at the end and the well organised teas and cakes!!! Thank you :) Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: how could you ever knock a race where they give you beer?? In full: 1st time I've done this since 2007, course has changed a little but no problem with that as it moves the finish from a quagmire of a field. Though the start area was a bit of a squash when the bus wanted to come through!! Found the race to be easier than I'd remembered last time, managed to keep going all the way up Withenshaw and then let the hills do all the work going down :) Will definitely be back next time Date of review: November 7, 2009
In short: Not as tough as I remembered In full: To summarize: My memory of the 2 mile climb was tougher than the reality. The race for me was broken up into 3 parts: 0-2 miles steady, 2-4 miles hilly (particularly between miles 3 and 4) and then 4-7 an absolute flyer. Beautiful glorious scenery. Supportive marshalls and spectators en route. A gem of a race, even in miserable November weather!