In short: Challenging, friendly and very well organised. In full: I challenging race that I did in 2009. You have to watch your footing and so dont expect to cruise along like a road event for very long. There are tough climbs, lots of styles, and technical sections. Its a race where you need to concentrate and so the hours pass by; you dont worry about pace or look at your watch, you navigate the terrain. The event is very well organised/ Put these points together and you have an engaging and enjoyable event. Will come back again. Date of review: August 18, 2014
In short: Tough as old boots but a fantastic event In full: Organisation is superb, it's a very tough run but so enjoyable. Had wanted to do this for years, finally got round to doing it. Will ache for days!!! Date of review: August 17, 2014
In short: Great scenery and a challenging course. In full: This race was great value. A good training run for those autumn marathons and it was nice to have a race where pace watching was fairly meaningless - slow uphill and fast downhill, and a bit more strategy came into the actual racing.
There was a great mix of scenery, forests, quiet country roads, fields, and on one occasion I was sent sprawling on my face by a wayward tree root, but that's part of the fun of these trail runs. The water stops were nicely spread out, though on a hotter day I do think I might have struggled a bit.
I'd recommend this race to anybody looking for a challenging and varied run, or anybody who is tired of racing on the roads. It does get tough and the hills do take their toll, but there is a great sense of camaraderie between the runners; thanks to the Trentham runner who helped me through those difficult last few miles.
One minor complaint would be that I didn't know where to find any water at the finish. Next year though I'll know to bring my wallet and have a pint at the bar, much more refreshing after a hard run :) Date of review: August 17, 2014
In short: Hilly, tough, lots of stiles and friendly cows, small event In full: Tough climbs from the start and then down-hill but with a couple of steep climbs before a flat finish. A very scenic trail with lovely views of Derbyshire. Mostly serious runners and with a few waters stops so recommend taking your own to unless you're a camel - especially if it is a hot day. Date of review: September 6, 2013
In short: Hills? What hills? Oh, those hills. Ouch ;-) In full: Decided the night before to do this rather than an LSR. Very glad I did. Lovely scenery, perfectly marked, good camaraderie. Did get a hint from a local to go out like a whippet at the start if I wanted to avoid the bottlenecks in the first couple of miles. Only problem with doing that, I missed out on what would have been very welcome breathers! Good support at the finish of being clapped in, directed to where the water and oranges were at the end of the building.
See you next year. Date of review: August 20, 2013
In short: Scenic, challenging off-road race - great value for money! In full: First time I've run this race and would agree that it's a fab, challenging run. Bottlenecks didn't bother me - chance to get breath back. Route signage very clear, plus water stations etc on route. Agree that water could have been available on finish line, but people clapped me in (so don't agree with other comments on finish). Entry form clearly stated only limited tee shirts available to EOD runners ;-). Would definitely do this race again! Date of review: August 20, 2013
In short: Tough In full: I train in Hull and would definitely describe myself as a 'road' runner, so this was a shock. But, a good one! Hills were awesome, the views fantastic.
Some serious bottlenecks at the start - as one guy said in another review, I get it now why all the seasoned Belper runners went off like a rocket. Probably added a good 10 mins to my time hanging out at field boundaries :-(
The end of the race was a bit of a damp affair. Not a huge crowd at the finish, and some confusion as to who did, and didn't, get t-shirts. Orange wedges kinda reminded me of school rugby circa 1970, but as this was in fact a rugby club, they probably thought these were a real treat.
Overall, though, I loved it. Never properly ran on that sort of terrain before. It's a great training session for marathons: do this and a flat ish road race will feel effortless... Date of review: August 19, 2013