In short: Fantastic race, hopefully doesn't rest on its laurels In full: A personal favourite for me but some niggles have started to creep in. No information was sent out in the post so first-timers here were seen asking where to pick up numbers etc. There is also the annual issue of EXTREMELY slow runners going to the front, and in such a narrow start, this can cause some barging. Other than those minor issues, the course is great, roads closed and finishing t-shirt is great. The weather always manages to hold up for this race, though the wind and some drops of rain tried to spoil it a little. On a personal issue, I blew up big time - the old age adage of "you get out what you put in" has never been so apt - if you don't train properly you will struggle, especially on this unforgiving course!. Date of review: November 8, 2013
In short: My home-town half In full: This was my first half marathon in 2008, and this year is the first time I've done it since. I'm from Worksop, so it always warms my heart to see a good turn out and hear praise for the event. I was undertrained for this, life and illness having got in the way in recent weeks/months, so I assumed my usual place at the back. Sparken Hill should be renamed 'Evil Hill', but once that was out of the way I was determined to enjoy it, and enjoy it I did. I was 30secs off my PB (Silverstone 2013) so really heartened by that, and was very grateful to Louise from Newark Running Club who I ran with for approx. half the run. Without the company I think I would have dropped my pace considerably. I will definitely be back, if not next year then definitely in the future! Really well organised, loved the funny placards along the sponge-station and the marshalls in fancy dress. Very proud Worksopian! Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: A credit to the club and the town In full: 4th time for me at this event and, even though I had a `mare, I can`t fault this race.
It is undulating with by far the toughest hill in mile 1 but this means a nice downhill finish. If you run well the layout of the course can mean you can push for a quick time over the last 3 miles. Lovely alpacas in the park and the funny placards!
At the end, tech tee, bottled water, pen, kitkat, in a cotton bag. Great value. "I`ll be back!" Date of review: October 29, 2013
In short: Everything you could want and at a reasonable price too In full: It's a beautiful route and this more than makes up for the odd hill, but it does make a PB unlikely. Traffic free on the public roads and large parts in the Park meant the only hazards were a couple of posts in the park. Messages at the water station are great and all the marshalls were highly involved - the fancy dress is a nice touch. Technical T shirt could be better quality - sewing on mine really poor, but I might just have been unlucky. Still think it's a good race at a sensible price and would do again. One I'll do again at some point. Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Excellent race In full: I've now clocked a PB and PW on this course, so really can't blame the route ever again! Well organised and very friendly; good marshals, slick water stations and plenty of pockets of uplifting support. It's a good route, though a bit slippery where the leaves have stuck to the wet road surface! Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Second time at Worksop for me, won't be the last In full: Very windy today and going up the hill between miles 10 and 11 into the wind was brutal and it almost stopped me getting a PB (which I got by 30 seconds). The scenery is great and the volunteers help you round. Date of review: October 27, 2013
In short: A great race if you're not to worried about time. In full: Pros: Scenic course, good value, good atmosphere, nice t-shirt. Cons: Little chance of a pb, Water in cups only half full. No bag drop-off as advertised(unless I missed it).
In short: The BEST Half Marathon in BRITAIN !! In full: Great organisation, friendly & very well marshalled event. for me this is the best half marathon I have taken part in over the last 16 years, the 200 or so volunteers make this a memorable day & one that will make you comeback year after year. At mile 8 just when you start to flag is probably the best / funniest sponge station at any half in the world.... we should raise our hats off to Dennis from Clowne Road runners for the nice finishing touches... ps "any one caught stealing a sponge will be prosecuted" Date of review: October 27, 2013