In short: Challenging course but enjoyable and for a good cause In full: Good trail race but tough, overtaking difficult at between 2-3km,seemed to be some confusion where the start was. Views were good round the Castle.Route mixture of paths and around recently harvest fields. Pity the Brass band stopped before at around the 50 minute mark. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: No PB's here, little bit busy on the trails, but well worth the drive out In full: Felt a bit queezy before the start, but started to feel better on the way round. I have done a great 10k at Wakefield before, but hadn't had a good race in ages, this more than made up for it, got a great time, given the terrain. I haven't run at all this week though as I hurt the arch of my foot. Never mind!!! Date of review: September 7, 2007
In short: Pleasant and green! In full: Pleasant course, single file in a few places which isn't great, but an enjoyable course. The chip timing system they used this year was a bargain basement version - there was no chip mat over the start line so us people at the back didn't have an accurate chip time... and at the end there's no chip time, you have to be swiped with a table tennis bat thing! Would recommend to someone who fancies their first off road race. Date of review: September 4, 2007
In short: Nice views, bit windy!! In full: Really enjoyed being out in the fresh air and sunshine, didn't so much enjoy trying to run up a hill into a head wind, but you can't have everything can you? Good t-shirt, great views, not too hilly, will def be back next year!! Date of review: September 3, 2007
In short: Single file racing made it more of an obstacle course. In full: Good Bits - Scenery and view from the castle.
Bad Bits - Ummm, where's the start?, Single file course for about a third of the distance, classed as Hilly when it only really has one hill(?).
Decided to enter this one at the last minute as it's local to me and the race has a good reputation, unfortunatley I found myself being completely underwhelmed by the event. First of all nobody really seemed to known where the race would be starting, and I ended up just folowing the general amble of the crowd along the lakeside. The second problem was the absence of a graded start, given the narrowness of the course and size of the field. Why is it that so many people who (no disrespect to them)are barely going to break an hour for the race feel the need to force their way right to the front at the start, I must've spent at least the first couple of miles having to make increasingly risky moves to get past slower runners in the early part of the race, with some of the paths being strictly single file unless you wanted to risk injury in the long grass and ruts.
The final killers for anyone harbouring PB hopes were the wind and sunshine, which made the final loop round the lake a real slog.
I really wanted this race to be good if not great and unfortunately IMO it just wasn't, the plus points I took away were that it was for an incredibly good cause and the area is unbelievably beautiful for a site so close to the M1. Date of review: September 2, 2007