In short: Thoroughly enjoyed every moment, fantastically organised and great suupport throughout In full: This was my first attempt at this distance and being a local who usually competes in the relay I was well aware of how tough the conditions had been in previous years. Before the day there was a lot of discussion about whether bringing the event forward two months was the right thing to do and I think the success on the day proved that it was. Conditions were brilliant under foot and it was a glorious day. I really enjoyed every moment and seeing the supporters at each checkpoint always made me smile.
Being a local definitely had a massive advantage as I didn't manage to get lost. There was plenty of tape out on legs 1 and part of 3, but other than that you were pretty much on your own, so I'd advise anyone to take a map.
Only recommendation I'd make is maybe to have different size t-shirts as a large is way too big to me. But my hubby loves the t-shirt and with it costing just over a tenner to run 50 miles you can't say it's not value for money. Well done RHAC on organising a great event Date of review: October 22, 2009
In short: Excellent job by Rotherham Harriers In full: My first race of this sort of distance. Excellent organisation, maps good enough to mean i only got lost once. I would look at the finish section...a bit dodgy in the dark by the canal...wouldn't like to have been out there on my own. Date of review: October 21, 2009
In short: Perfect day, friendly relaxed atmosphere in the middle of the pack In full: Well worth the 200 mile drive in Friday afternoon traffic. Fantastic idea to change date to October, the sections through tress were glorious in their autumn colours and the dry ground meant you were able to look round you more rather than constantly watching the ground to avoid the next man-eating puddle. Great day - only suggestion might be a bit more variety on the checkpoints. Further back in the field there was nothing much left except biscuits and jam sandwiches, although evidence of crisps and bannanas having been available earlier. For anyone wanting to try their first 50 mile run, this is the one for you Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: great day, great course, great maps, great value....will do it again. In full: I was pleasantly surprised by this race. Having done Comrades, CCC and London to Brighton this year, the thought of circumnavigating Rotherham didn't fill me full of promise. How wrong I was. The weather was great, the course was varied enough to hold my attention and the people I met along the way were brilliant. The maps were so much easier to read than on London to Brighton which meant I only had one small detour near the 'Pylon'. The only slight down point for me was the variety and quantity of refreshments at the checkpoints (except the last one) was very sparse compared to all of the other races I have done, which was a shame. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Great conditions, great organisation, freindly, greatd value In full: I did this race last year in December and the conditions were brutal, so bringing this race forward by two months has worked a treat. The conditions today were glorious, the organisation was faultless and a big thankyou to all who were involved with the running of this event. For anyone whos thinking of running or walking this event i would recomend taking both the strip map and writen desciption of the course with you, navagating this course can be quite triky in places. Date of review: October 18, 2009
In short: Excellent run, the support and commaradary of the Rotherham Harriers makes it well worth it! In full: I tried this a few years ago and dropped out because of the conditions, this time it was excellent and I completed it! The support from others was brilliant and everyone helps each other. Fantastic. Date of review: October 18, 2009