In short: Beautiful two-lapper with a couple of stinging hills. In full: Two laps of the Valehouse reservoir on a nice July night sounds like a cracking idea - as 240 finishers agreed, leading to a bit of organisational confusion (which was well-handled!) and a cramped start. If I was going to offer one suggestion - finish up the start lane and start on top of the dam that opens up the lap.
Apart from that, I have no complaints! Beautiful scenery, well-marshalled, surfaces that are very 'runnable', and a good souvenir add up to an event of high-value. The hill in the first third of each lap is a real toughie and sapped any PB out of me the second time around, but it might be a lot simpler for a better runner.
In short: Dam Good! In full: Text-book mid-week race: glorious scenery of the Longdendale valley; undulating multi-terrain route (tarmac of various grades, plus paths of various rockiness); two laps of Valehouse reser made for excellent spectating - my family stood on the bottom dam and watched the whole race unfold! accurately measured 5 Miles with mile-markers - although splits would be uneven due to variations in hilliness; lovely memento mug designed by the children of Tintwistle! only problem is, the race looked so good that Lady Slugge immediately bagsied it for next year!
In short: Wonderful 5m run around Valehouse reser near Tintwistle, my first time, finished nearer the back than front but enjoyed greatly, will be back next year and this time i will get a mug. Date of review: June 26, 2008
In short: Friendly, evening event In full: This was my first ever evening race. The field was prett quick and I felt I was sprinting the whole way round. Well supported and organised. Small, friendly event - well worth doing Date of review: June 26, 2008
In short: A good fast course with plenty of variety - organisation could be improved. In full: Marshalling was a little sparse - especially towards the end. Organisers had packed away refreshments when I finished and I wasn't anywhere near the back of the field. Also - where were the mugs??? Date of review: June 22, 2006