In short: My first time for this challenging race. In full: This was certainly a challenging race, consistent dragging hills but nevertheless not insurmountable. It was great to run along quiet country lanes and any traffic encountered was unobtrusive. Lovely medal, and beer and cakes at the end! All kilometre markers in place. Very pleasant, helpful and friendly marshals.
This was a very friendly event despite the challenges of the course. Finished in 1:05:19, so 10.5 minute miling. Very pleased with that, considering I am getting back into running after a long layoff for deeply unhappy personal reasons. Well done to Martin and Cathy Burke and everyone involved (sorry you weren't able to be there, Martin and Cathy). This race will be in the calendar for next year. Date of review: November 3, 2013
In short: A fairly challenging but worthwhile race In full: A fairly challenging but worthwhile race. Despite the wind and a wee bit of rain this year courtesy of hurricane Nadine, it was, and always is a good race. Tough in parts with a welcome descent to the finish. Beers, cakes and apples to come back to. Always a nice atmosphere at this one. Can't believe I almost got a PB here. Managed to win some wine as well. Great stuff! Thanks 'Nice Work' and people of Beckley. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Rain and Hills! In full: I'd forgotten how undulating this course was. No killer hills but no flat bits either. Despite the relentless rain throughout, a really nice atmosphere and well marshalled out on the roads. Complimentary cake and beer very welcome and a nice touch, other races could take note. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: My first 10k, now I'm hooked! In full: Talked into this by my brother who is a seasoned runner, so he, me, my other brother and both their wives all did the race. Great atmosphere, very well organised, beer and cake brilliant, scenery wonderful, marshals cheery and times up on the board immediately. Since then I have done another 10k a 10 mile and signed up for a marathon in October! You've got a lot to answer for Bruv! Date of review: January 5, 2012