In short: Abysmal organisation from new company ORA ruined it In full: Hopefully it is all down to first year teething issues and the parking, traffic queues, delayed starts, closed roads that weren’t and incorrect timings won’t be repeated.
Still, at £45 and from a commercial organisation they should already be competent, shouldn't they?
I won't be back. Date of review: September 23, 2015
In short: Nice enough course but much better value and friendlier races out there! In full: - course ok - atmosphere ok - marshalling ok (although one runner didnt think so after taking a wrong turn) - mile markers - not great e.g. 16 @ 14.5 - post race - nice medal however when i asked politely if i could have another bottle of water i was told bluntly NO! followed by a laugh! I understand there has to be enough for all but the half marathon was pretty much complete as were the other shorter races and there were hundreds upon hundreds of bottles spare. For £48 incl parking that is poor. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Loved it In full: I loved everything about this race. I arrived an hour and a half before the start of the race as the organisers had asked people to arrive early and had no problem getting parked or collecting my race number. The marathon route was stunning, undulating throughout but not difficult. Marshalls were friendly and supportive and the route was well marked, although there was an absence of mile markers after 20 miles. The fabulous medal and technical t shirt finished off a great day. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Great race, route and organisation In full: Excellent race, pretty special as there’s not a lot of races that offer such amazing scenery to run in – esp with so many different distances. Organisation was spot on from start to finish and every single person involved had a smile on their face, from the woman who gave me my race number / pack on Saturday, every marshal and volunteer at the water/aid stations and on the course (which were well stocked with gel on the marathon route), to the woman directing traffic on the way out of the carpark. Very high quality medal as well, and a nice tshirt as part of the race pack. Good amount going on in the race village too and some nice food stands for after the race. The course was really great, mix of trail and road with a few fair-sized hills in there but mostly undulating. I ran the marathon and towards the end we joined the half route, which really helped get you through the last few miles with people all around you – it can be a bit quiet towards the end of smaller races, not the case here. The final km around the showground was great too, lots of people to cheer and encourage you.
Now on parking – there’s been a lot of complains about it, the access, and delayed starts. The organisers were clear in the pre-race emails, race packs, and on the website that arriving early is the best bet. I got there with 90mins to spare for the start time and it was fine, parked up, got changed, stretched and had time to spare. It sounds like there was a much bigger field of runners for the half and everyone turned up at once. Problematic yes but the organisers went to great lengths to avoid this, at the end of the day there’s nothing they can do if people are arrive all at once. Delaying the start was a good gesture as they’re under no obligation to do this. The wait to get out the carpark was not at all bad, 10mins maybe, for me and the woman managing one exit was doing an awesome (and brave) job so anyone who says it was not managed well is in the wrong.
Will definitely sign up for next year. Well done for bringing it back!
In short: A great day In full: Thought this was a very well organised event. Heard comments about traffic but we got there early enough for it to not effect us and stayed for a bite to eat at the many vans selling some amazing food and to listen to the quality band so missed any traffic at the end to get straight out. Overall a great race day and would definitely do it again. Well done to the great Marshall's and to everyone one who helped organise and run it. From one happy marathon runner. Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: New race In full: This race was cancelled last year so well done for getting it going again, we left in plenty of time to get there, race was delayed because of late arrivals, as this is chip timed could we not have just started?
Route scenic, encouraging marshalls and the gels were very welcome at the water stops, good mix of trail and Tarmac.
Great medal, t- shirt and goody bag.
Ok so getting out of field took some time but I don't see how this could rectified due to the amount of entries, for all races. I would rather sit to wait to get out than not race at all Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: Great course but sort the parking In full: Positives - range of distances which meant many of our running club could join in. Lovely 5k course through forest - beautiful. Great marshals. Negatives - awful queues to get in caused start to be delayed by 55 minutes! And took people 45 minutes to get out of car park at the end. No chip timing for 5k so pricey for a 'fun run' (and don't patronise us by calling it that - for some it was a real challenge and for others (like me) it was a chance to test myself coming back from injury. All our Garmins measured the 5k at over 5.4k (the first 1k measured about 1.3k on my Garmin). Would do it again if the access to the parking is sorted. Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: Terrible weather, but a PB potential marathon In full: Set a new personal best by nearly a minutes so well chuffed with that.
It was well organised - easy to get there, ample parking (though a walk to the start!), and a quick course. It wasn't easy in the weather but it was well marshalled and you are certainly not going to get lost.
A few grumbles though - there didn't seem to be any food/refreshements for the runners after the race and considering the conditions a tea/coffee would have been ideal (I would have happily paid). I perhaps missed such a facility but it wasn't obvious.
The end was quite tough having to step over little speed bumps and was quite twisty - not what you want after 26.2 miles! Perhaps start the course a bit further back meaning you get the straight finish at the end?
Could have done with the jelly bean point further back in the race - at 22 miles, I didn't think it was the best position for it!
All in all though a good race - if you want to get a new pb this is certainly a potential one. Date of review: September 28, 2012
In short: A wet one! In full: Hilly in places and two sections on forest track - I knew what I was in for but I wasn't prepared for the torrential rain. Despite this the course is scenic - spotting wild horses along the way. Not a likely PB course. Date of review: September 27, 2012