In short: Challenging, hilly but great fun. In full: Tough, challenging and a good test of fitness. The new route has a steep uphill section with approx 650ft elevation gain in the first 2.5 miles (note to self: more hill training needed!), a very fast and steep downhill section of similar distance (great fun but knackering on the legs!) and a final mile of flat to the finish. Not a lot of support en route (I'm guessing due to the rain and lack of houses on the route) clap us on were very much appreciated. Hopefully even more people will come out and support this great charity event next year.
The only thing that needs improvement was info on the race eg parking, elderly/disabled accessibility etc. This was the first race this year my Dad has been well enough to come and cheer me on, but despite getting there over an hour early he couldn't get to the start/finish. The organisers and volunteers did a great job overall, but the website needs more info on it. Maybe using Facebook and Twitter could help more in the future too.
I'll definitely do this race again as I LOVED the challenging route. One of my favourite races I've done so far. Date of review: October 15, 2013
In short: Has Lost It's Atmosphere In full: Well organised as usual. The route change this year has made the course more challenging and scenic, which I don't mind, but it has totally lost it's atmosphere. As others have commented about previous years, the locals come out and support in all weathers with crowds in the high street and unofficial water stations and sponges all over the route. Because the route now goes into the country, there are few houses and few people and therefore very little atmosphere. It's a shame but I think this race has lost something Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Excellent race, with a challenging hill. In full: This is a great event, organised by the local hospice. It is a challenging one though, so beginners may find the route a bit tough (but it's a friendly one, so everybody is made to feel welcome, regardless of ability).
The route is roughly 2.5 miles of climbing (some of it gentle, some less so!), 2.5 miles of very quick downhill running, and a mile or so of relatively flat running.
It's a well organised event, that I would definitely recommend... but do some hill work first! :-)
In short: 2010 race- Love it, love it, love it!!! In full: This is the fourth time I've done this event, which is probably my favourite of the year. Even though it was pouring with rain it didn't stop a good number of spectators and the fantastic support from them and the many marshals is always very much appreciated by the runners. Well covered by local press and there is an announcer who names everyone over the PA as they come by/ in. Goodies and prizes weren't quite as generous as in past years- blame the credit crunch I guess- but still, the top 3 in each age group won a shield which was nice for a lot of people to have their achievement recognised. Although this is a PB course it's not an elitey race by any means and all standards, from internationals to walkers, are made to feel welcome and part of it. Thanks and well done everyone!! Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: This is actually the 2009 race!! In full: Have done this 3 times now and love it- really well organised and marshalled and the public come out in their droves to cheer- special mention to the guy who sits on his driveway at the top of the hill playing motivational music- much appreciated!! Two and a bit lap up and down course- the hill isn't horrendous (provided you train hills!) but is pretty long. Loads of prizes- cash and trophies- and the goody bag's got a Tshirt, water and chocolate, what more could you want!! Well done everyone, thanks for a great day. Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: Nice One Mold In full: Excellent runner and supportive spectator turnout. Faultlessly organised and very welcoming - thanks to all. Value could not be criticised. A PB possible and one to do again. Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: great race ! ! In full: first time at this event, very good, nice long hill on a two lap course,-distance was spot on with my gps, good to see a sponge station!, lots of locals willing you on , very friendly atmosphere,good t-shirt and goody bag, i would give this race 99 out of 100 ,only for no finsher medal- would rather have a medal than a goody bag, being a bit picky now- best race this year!!! Date of review: October 1, 2007