In short: Absolutely loved it. It ain't flat but it's a total gem. In full: Friendly, well organised, brilliant atmosphere....I could go on. Those early miles are tough but scenery is excellent & downhill wild in parts. A pb is very unlikely but why bother about a pb for this distance. Just enjoy it! definitely plan to return for next year. Race is a bargain with a t shirt and bottle of beer at finish. Marshalls, you did a great job & were very supportive & encouraging. Thank You Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: Well organised In full: A very well organised race with good marshalling. First half is a bit hilly! But the second half seems to be all down hill bar the last mile so times can be picked up. A foot injury preventing me from racing it but I'll be back next year to give it a better go! Very nice to get a bottle of beer as well as a tee shirt. Date of review: September 1, 2011
In short: Tough In full: As people have siad the first half is really hilly especially between miles 3 and 4. 2nd half there is a long, long downhill section - only problem was excrutiating stitch which stopped me in my tracks for a minute or two. Steady jog back into it and i made it to the end in a decent time. Water stations were good, marshalls were good, race was good! Date of review: August 30, 2011
In short: Hilly but friendly and well organised, as is all the NE Derbyshire events. In full: Firsts 4 miles relentless hills, downhill for the rest with a bit of flat, finishing with a tough 1.5 mile finish. 4th year on the trot doing this race and still struggle with the last 1.5 miles, still pleased with my time as its the fastest I've done it by 3 minutes! Date of review: August 30, 2011
In short: Tough first half, negative split second! In full: The first 4 miles were very tough and I had to walk most of the hills. I was glad that I saved a bit of energy, because from 5 miles onwards it was flat-ish with some nice downhills too.
Not too warm, sufficient drinks stations, loads of friendly marshals and St Johns ambulance all made it a solid, well-organised race.
Best bits were finishing and then handing my shocked and delighted husband the bottle of ale memento - a really special prize.
Thanks North Derbys. Date of review: August 29, 2011