In short: Very scenic, with enough challenges, something for everyone. In full: First Grimsthorpe for me. Scenic and undulating, with 'plenty to do'. Should have left the trail shoes at home but, instead, run in my road running shoes. The only let-down was that there was no finish clock, neither were there any race results, so still have no idea re placings and official finish time. Date of review: July 18, 2012
In short: Challenging but expensive In full: I wasn't sure what to expect for an out of city half-marathon for £25 (plus £5 per head for anyone else in the car that wasn't running)...and I suppose I'm a bit dissapointed. Nothing going on before the race (no refreshment outlets, no real build up, etc)...and very little after (a cup of water and a XL vest which is so small my young daughter has it).
I found the course challenging and genuinely enjoyed the race itself. However, to charge £25 you need to do a bit more. I've had more at races half the price in terms of facilities, information, things goingon pre-post race and the goody-bag/t-shirt/medal at the end.
Sorry, don't mean to be critical but I'm concerned that a few race organisers are started to bump up the prices a bit and it needs to be checked to ensure people keep doing races. Date of review: July 18, 2012
In short: My favourite ever half marathon! In full: traffic free, the trails were lovely (35%), the grass sections (15%) muddy but perfectly runnable, gently undulating all the way round, stunning views in every direction, lots of banter, chat & chivalry and a really nice running vest at the finish! Date of review: July 15, 2012