In short: No memento! In full: The scenery on this race is amazing and I loved every minute. My issue is I can run in the lakes for free and the scenery is free. Generally I would expect not to have to dodge cars because there are no road closures and get some sort of memento at the end as a fond memory of my pain. Unfortunately this was not the case so I am not sure where my money went as we had to pay for parking and buy a coaster for £5 if we wanted one. They haven't even put the results up yet. Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: Love this race In full: I love this run even though I really felt like I wasn't going to complete it this year one day I will run up every hill. brilliantly organised loads of water stations all well signed and just a great atmoshpere the marshals are great and the support although there is not a lot really keeps you going and after the first 6 miles you can then enjoy the the scenery. will definately be back again next year Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Rather a hilly 1st half In full: Excellent race. 1st 6 miles are rather trying but the scenery takes your mind off the pain. Great organisation from a small friendly town. Lots of locals out cheering you on. Though i saw the same lady and little girl at the 3 mile / 6 mile & 9 mile marks applauding and cheering. I had to make the effort to thank her for her support. Also a nice touch at the end when the announcer calls your N° and name over the loud speaker system as you run to the finish line. Only down side was the condition of the showers (but i suppose it is a rugby club) Date of review: May 6, 2012
In short: do urself a fav, download a map and do it urself, got nothing at the end. had to buy a piece of slate for £3. a complete joke so i won't be back. entry fee was low but everything about this race was below par Date of review: March 29, 2012
In short: Fantastic and so pleased to have finally run it! In full: I ran this for very personal reasons and I'm so pleased I did. The spectacular view of Derwentwater after we rounded the foot of Catbells was worth those hills. Note to self: must do even more hill training next time as my legs started to suffer from Grange onwards! Superb, no-nonsense, no frills, value-for-money organisation. Date of review: May 29, 2011
In short: My favourite half yet, even with the hills! In full: This race was simply fabulous! Beautiful scenery which out weighed the killer hills and fantastic support from the public. I will most certainly be doing this again next year! Date of review: May 11, 2011
In short: Glorious scenery - killer inclines! In full: The first 6 miles of this Half put paid to any illusions of a PB with inclines so tough that it is tempting to see if walking up them is any quicker! Of course, what comes up can also come back down again at an unnaturally accelerated pace to make up some time... but by miles 10 of this race my legs were paying the pain overdraft taken out in the first 6!
The beauty of the scenery almost goes without saying. All that up-hill battling is just about worth it for the reward of glorious views of Borrowdale and then over Derwentwater from the vanatge point of Catbells. It was unusually hot this year, but the water stations were frequent enough and provided proper bottled water rather than a half full plastic cup. Marsahlls were on the ball and knew their job. The support of bemused walkers caught up in the lycra stampede whilst out enjoying a days walk was amusing. the support in the villages from those lucky people soaking up the sun and the beer outside various pubs was also wonderful... if heartbreaking for those of us with several miles left to travel before sight of a bar!
£11 for a Half represents fabulous value these days, with the option to buy a slate coaster as a memento for those who wanted it. The friendliness at the Rugby club house made for a good atmosphere and an alltogether enjoyable day.
Excellent grass roots race in a heavenly setting. Date of review: May 2, 2011