In short: An enjoyable, friendly, motivating multi-lap course In full: This race was the first of Northampton Running Festival. A mix of 10k, half marathon and marathon runners which was a bit of a challenge keeping your pace. Unfortunately not enough toilets at the start and there was a bit of a queue.
I was surprised on how much I enjoyed the lap repeats. Everyone was very motivational and friendly supporters throughout the race and the bobble collection was a lot smoother than I expected. Nice T-shirt and medal - would go back next year as good valley for money and only an hour away. Date of review: April 10, 2012
In short: Good scenery - mud, narrow, undulating track in parts In full: Not a course for a PB as it is muddy, narrow in parts and undulating; and mixing 10k, half and full marathon meant lots of passing other runners. Friendly. Only 5 loos so people still queuing at the start. But the fruit cake was truly wonderful - thanks to the cook!! Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: Was put off by the multi-lap format but it worked really really well. In full: Nice flat course with friendly marshalls. Different terrain made it more interesting than a road race for me. I found the multilap format a real boost - I could count down the 2 mile laps to finish which was mentally better for me than seeing the miles slowly creeping up. Only downside for me was the lack of baggage facilities. You could leave your stuff in the catering tent which I normally would have done but I didn't get the feeling that anybody would be paying attention beyond the half marathon finish. Date of review: April 9, 2012