In short: Nice no frills marathon In full: I was running this as past of the District Double with Windermere marathon the next day so wanted to take it easy. If you count this as a trail marathon, it definitely has PB potential, gradual ascent through the first 15-17 miles then fast descent over the last few if your legs can take it. Don't do it if you want lots of people around you or lots of support, but if you like running by yourself with the odd bit of company in lovely scenery, this is perfect. It got a bit cold and exposed in the downpour this year but Matlock AC looks after its runners really well. Thanks to the water station at mile 19 for providing food from the depths of their car, I was starving! I would prefer a medal than the mug at the finish and at least something with the year on it, but the bag full of grub was much appreciated. Date of review: June 9, 2009
In short: An excellent race both in adminstration and scenery In full: No problems with route finding which is unusual for an off road course Marshalls are very friendly. I like the mug you receive at the end. there is the option to buy a teeshirt. Date of review: May 22, 2009
In short: A gem of a race In full: I did this as my Marathon debut in 2008 and came back again to have another go. A fantastic 'runners' race this one - not much crowd support because of the remoteness of much of the route, but lots of cameraderie between runners and it's nice not to have lots of overcrowding off the start. Plus the course and the location are fabulous.
The downhills at the end are really well-positioned I think - it gave me a real psychological boost to get there, but it doesn't half hurt running down them with tired legs! Having said that I'd rather run down them than up them, and for me knowing those descents were approaching made the last 6 miles or so a bit easier mentally.
All in all a great race, and I'll more than likely be back in 2010 to hopefully run it in decent weather!
Thanks to all at Matlock AC. Date of review: May 19, 2009
In short: Point to point marathon which is the perfect incentive to get to the finish! In full: Lots of positives. Improved facilities at Matlock RC which included refreshments, changing and hot showers for afterwards.
Efficient coach transportation to Thorpe and delivery of bagage back to race HQ.
Well marked course, on a mainly firm running surface along the Tissington trail. Very scenic and some gret views. Course profile is a very gradual climb (hardly noticeable) from the start to around 17miles, but as usual the two major descents at 23 miles and 25miles were torture with tired legs.
The smallish field of 200 runners meant that you had to run the bulk of the race in small groups or on your own. The cold, windy and rainy conditions added to the challenge, but something about the uncomplicated and unpretentious aspect of this event appeals to me and many others.
The one little thing that I would change is to swap the mug for a medal. Having now done the last five WPMs, I'm now receiving the same coloured mug as a few years back. Otherwise, I can't fault a thing about this gem of an event.
Thanks to all involved in the organisation. Date of review: May 18, 2009
In short: Fantastic, well organised event. In full: Just a great day out. Friendly and fun, with fantastic organisation. Well worth a go. Very happy friendly marshals. Bacon butties and a mug at the end. Date of review: May 17, 2009