In short: Langdale without the climbs In full: The entry fee was a bit steep at £25 and the chip timing never showed up. (A calendar was suitable for me anyway!) The route had too much tarmac for me and didnt make the best of the valley, a few more ascents were expected. No tea at the start made it rather quiet for the supporters although they could cross over the valley to the pub. I guess not enough runners entered the race and the organiser did his best to serve up the promised event. The marshalling was excellent. The briefing at the start was very comprehensive but the 'hazard warnings' were for nothing more than a regular day on the fells. I hope the event survives, and with better advertising it might, as I only found it by accident when looking for the Langdale road races.. Date of review: June 25, 2011
In short: Great race and great organisation. In full: Really enjoyed the race and the route through the Langdale Valley. The marshals were cheerful and the organisation was great.
Participant numbers may have been low when viewed against this year's Lakeland trail series but this was the first time the event had been staged so its hardly surprising.
£25 is about the going rate for a trail race these days so not sure what some of the other reviewers are moaning about.
The free gift of a Ron Hill bandana was appreciated and I will most likely make use of it - it certainly beats yet another shapeless free t-shirt of dubious quality which are so often handed out post race.
In short: Beautiful but a bit of a rip off In full: Gorgeous route so top marks for that. However, race billed as half marathon when I entered, however, its actually 20k. Good pre-race speil, lots of way markers, bit sparse on the marshall front and some of them seemed a bit miserable. No chip timing as promised, which I don't mind but I thought the rather steep £25 fee was to cover the cost of chip timing. ZERO atmosphere at end- there was NOTHING for spectators to do, yeah I know its not about them but it would have been nice to at least have a tea van as this is the Lakes in June i.e blazing hot one minute, the next, freezing cold. The 'goody bag' consisted of a cup of juice, an energy bar and a rather appalling bandana, which lets face it, is not a look everyone can pull off. Might come in handy as a duster though. The fact that it was £25 to enter, a race of considerable distance and that it is associated with Ron Hill Clothing means that I expected a tee shirt rather than some surplus stock left over from last season. Think the organisers were expecting a bigger turn out so am wondering if they needed to recoup costs hence the naff bandana. I would do this race again except for the fact I feel a bit ripped off. Think there are a few improvements to be made. Date of review: June 20, 2011
In short: Great Race in fantastic countryside. In full: Great trail race through some lovely countryside. Very well organised with a good briefing beforehand. I wasn't sure which shoes to wear and one of the organisers helped me make the right decision. Not as many people as I thought but as it's the first year hopefully it will build in popularity.
£25 is a bit steep but I will use the bandana so reasonable value for me. Will definitely seek this out next year.
In terms of distance, my forerunner measured 11.5 miles but when I downloaded to Good Run Guide it accounted for the altitude gain/loss and brought the actual distance covered to 12.4miles - 20k. I'm no expert at how GPS works but I assume it measures lateral distance but does not account for the extra distance covered going up or downhill.
I've only been doing trail races for less than 2 months and this was great and I thoroughly recommend it. Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: Great Scenery!Well marked Trail, No Major Hills, Little over priced, No Atmosphere but could build into a little gem! In full: First time this was held I believe, seem to be a bit of a disappointing turn out for them so the runners where well space out which is not a bad thing! Fantastic scenery and very well marked out trial a real credit to the organisers (my GPS sais it was 11.5miles though, could be my GPS playing up), good brief at the start and a great course, lots of countryside to admire as you run along and hardly any tarmac in sight! Unsure if some of the marshals really wanted to be there with only one showing any encouragements toward you, a little disappointed that for my £25 entry fee I received a Bandana and energy bar at the end, I loved the energy bar but will 90% of the runners ever wear a bandana? I wont! Maybe if the organisers gave you a nice printed running shirt then this would promote the race and more turn up next year? Water stations had cups of water but first one was closed when we ran past?? not that I would have needed one but just a point. One disappointing thing was the lack of atmosphere, but I guess the supporters just didn’t turn up and not much to do apart from look at the glorious surrounding hills. I am sure these events are a nightmare to organise so well done to them and I would defiantly do it again and recommed it. Date of review: June 19, 2011