In short: I loved this! Only did it as I had to drop out of Lochaber and 'needed' a replacement. Great route, good atmosphere, scary cows and killer descents at the end. Highly recommended! Of, and a very useful mug! Date of review: August 14, 2006
In short: Hope to be back again next year. In full: White Peak was my first marathon and I enjoyed it then as much as I enjoyed it this time round. The scenery and atmosphere are excellent. Thank you organisers and runners, I hope to be back next year. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: lovely run through beautiful countryside In full: done it twice now definatly worth trying if you love the fresh air and no big crowds loverly just to jog along in your own company the cows were a bit scarey though Date of review: May 23, 2006
In short: Great race in beautiful countryside In full: Well organised Race, shame the weather had been so wet as the puddles on the trail made for heavy going. The Mug is good way to remember the day each time I have a teabreak. Date of review: May 23, 2006
In short: superb, well organised, one to get under the belt after 1 completion and 1 failure at distance. In full: Excellent cause and support along the way, walkers along route also helped motivate runners during open sections. Not impressed with mug, would have rather paid an extra couple of quid and got T shirt (dated) instead. Book early to ensure you get a place on the buss, as start is some 13 miles away from finish. Officials do let you register at start though, Excellent!
In short: This race really is a gem - superb off-road course with much PB potential. Excellent organisation & even XL t-shirts now!! Ran 1/2 mara 2005 & this year & I am already looking forward to next year. Well done to Ian Milne & the team !! Date of review: May 23, 2006
In short: fast ,wet and quiet In full: perfect running conditions slowed only a little by the puddles between 20 and 23 miles.support was sparce but vocal.the bloke sat on his deckchair at the 11 mile turn around point was a bit of a legend!the runner who thinks this is hilly wants to get out more,I took 30 mins off my snowden time.as far as I could see everything ran like clockwork which is no small feat when there are two seperate starts miles from the race headquarters and finish line.well done matlock, wootton road runners will be back next year....jeff mason Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: Fantastic Race - I would recommend it to anyone In full: This is the 2nd year running I have done this glorious race. My wife has told me I've got to do it for the next 4 years as well so that I can get a full set of mugs! Can't understand rating below - what the point of medals anyway? I might try the full marathon next year! Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: One of the best quiet and beautiful marathon courses you could do In full: This was my first marathon. I met the organiser afterwards who said they didn't recommend it for beginners. It is tough. Slight incline that feels huge towards the end. If you are doing it as your first make sure you are well prepared. I am unlikely to do other marathons but would consider doing this one again just becuase I like few crowds and lovely hills. Not for those who expect support and are not fond of running uphill for a way, puddles/ small lakes and long lonely stretches. The runners were amazingly friendly- no matter how well you ran. There is a alrge supply of team and bacon butties right to the end. It is also cheaper than a lot of races. Date of review: May 22, 2006
In short: Excellent point-to-point marathon through idyllic scenery. In full: Although I had a difficult race having aggravated an ankle injury early on, this brillant marathon made it worthwhile to achieve a finish.
Conditions were good for runners (if not marshals/support team/spectators),the cinder track helped lessen the impact on my limbs, and I was like a kid again trailblazing me way through as many puddles (aka lakes) as possible (much to the amusement of fellow runners!).
The gradual accent up to approx. 19miles was not noticeable, but the wreckless decents after 23miles didn't help that ankle although it increased my hobbling speed!
With the splendid views around the course, and a pleasant change from the run-of-the-mill urban road events, this is a marathon that I would recommend to anyone, and I will certainly be back next year. Many thanks to Matlock AC and to Ian Milne. Date of review: May 21, 2006