In short: Hills and more hills..... but so scenic In full: Been contemplating this for about 3 years now and finally braved it, with support to get round! Hard run as straight into one of the many hills. Good marshalling on the course. It was well worth the wait and pleased to have got round. May be back next year. The scarf was just right for the day.Excellent choice. THank you. Date of review: March 3, 2010
In short: Hilly run on a cold icy morning In full: really enjoyed this race. As already pointed out by many there are a lot of hills but the last 1.5 miles is all fast downhill (apart from the last 200 yards!). A particularly icy cold morning didn't help for a faster time but PB hunters should probably stay away from this one anyway. The scarf was an excellent idea. Date of review: February 1, 2010
In short: It's cold on them thar hills In full: I'm not keen on hills although I know they're good for me - this was as much of a good thing as I could handle! I found it a tough course and unfortunately because of the icy conditions it wasn't always possible to make up lost ground on the downhill stretches. The marshalls were great - helpful and friendly, the tea and cakes lived up to their reputation and the scarf memento makes a nice change from the medal/t-shirt norm. Date of review: January 31, 2010
In full: First time doing Meltham today and loved it! Endorphins certainly got their chance to boost me up the hills, but wasn't actually as bad as I thought it was going to be at all- and I got a PB so very chuffed. Thanks to the marshalls for their hard work this morning, especially for slowing us down on the ice laden steep corner. Scarf as a finishing gift absoutely spot on for todays frosty affair. Date of review: January 31, 2010
In short: How can a circular race be uphill the whole way? In full: Nicely organised, tough course with never ending hills. Also it was very icy on all the roads but the marshalls made a good job of stopping traffic. The scarf matches the Holmfirth 15 hat, I just need some gloves now! Date of review: January 31, 2010
In short: Oh those hills!!! In full: This was my first time at Meltham, although I'd read previous reviews on here so knew what to expect. For a beginner like me it was certainly tough - I reckon I came in the last half dozen. The hills were many, but the scenery was great. The organisation was good and runners and marshalls alike were very friendly. Will have to wait to see if I am any fitter this time next year before deciding whether to do it again! Date of review: January 31, 2010
In short: I loved this race! In full: This was a real challenge and took so much more mental and physical energy than your average city 10km.
The gruelling hills and icy roads were made easier by fantastic scenery and really friendly marshalls.
I'm starting to think that I'd enjoy fell running and more off road events as (in a sick way) I enjoyed the up hills!
I'm a slowish runner (about 1hr 2mins is normal for me for a flat 10k) and was worried that I'd come last in this race as seemed to be pretty much all club runners but was pleased to see a few others at my pace and i finished in 1 hr 4 mins so the hills didn't make a big difference.
Thanks to the organisers, I'll be back next year for sure! Date of review: January 31, 2010