In short: A wonderful start to the year and a great test if you're running a Spring marathon. In full: Having been unable to run in this event since 2009 due to a combination of injury and illness, I was looking forward to returning to one of my favourite races. In the event, it lived up to all my memories. The weather was kind this year and it was held in the warmest and least windy conditions that I can remember. Even the hills didn't seem as tough as I had remembered. The organisation, atmosphere and scenery are first class and I hope to return in 2015. Date of review: January 22, 2014
In short: One of my favorites but why no UKA? In full: This is one my 2nd outing at Folksworth and as before it was a great event.It has a great local feel to it and is essential marathon training. This year the organizers went for chip timing which is great, but why didn't the they use the extra money for a UKA license? I'll be back next year UKA or not though!!! Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: A great early year long run .. and the hills are not as bad as other tell you! In full: A well organised two lap race around the village of Folksworth with some hills, which are testing rather than to be feared! Lots of marshals and more than adequate water stations. Chip timed for the first time this year so results out super quick.
An absolute must for anyone starting spring marathon training Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Good organisation, good course, good weather. In full: This race has the reputation of being the hilliest in Cambridgeshire but its really not that bad. And what goes up must come down - some lovely gentle downhill stretches. Everything about this race is great. The marshalling, the technical tee shirt, the scenery and not forgetting the Snickers bar and bacon butty at the end. I was dreading this race, but actually I quite enjoyed it considering its the furthest I've ever run. Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Enjoyable race at an unusual distance In full: Excellent organisation by Yaxley. Cars ferried you from the car park to the race HQ and were waiting by the race HQ to whisk you back there. Well done Yaxley, this was a really nice touch - and gave runners the chance to discuss their efforts over the race. Could let you walk back and advertise it as a cool down but the free shuttle was a very nice touch.
Decent course, went there fearing the worst from reviews but I thought it was playful rather than demanding, the hills were cheeky rather than beastly. It is undulating though and not flat, you tend to either be heading up or down nearly the entire time.
Great spring marathon training race, excellent bright technical t-shirt on completion and overall well worth the drive from South Norfolk for my 15M debut. Date of review: February 26, 2013
In short: A great pre-marathon challenge. In full: This is a very good 15 mile event that provides a challenge but is not to overwhelming. There's 6 hills in total but none to ridiculous. The weather on the day provided an extra test too.
The two laps were not really a problem either. The 2nd seemed different to the first for some reason plus you had a good idea where to push for the finish.
I loved the technical t-shirt at the end. It's good to receive something you can actually make use of.
Well done to the organisers for re-arranging the event after it got snowed off initially.
I'll be back next year Date of review: February 21, 2013
In short: Great organisation, unpleasant weather, challenging hills - good marathon training In full: I was dreading this races as I am not a hill specialist and everyone said it is really hilly. There are three hills on each lap, but they are pretty short and there is plenty of down and much of it is reasonably flat. The race had to be postponed for 3 weeks because of the snow in January, but the organisation was good, plenty of marshalls getting cold and wet (sharing our pain), and a nice quality technical shirt at the end. A good challenging run to kick start marathon training. Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Brutal In full: As the organisers state in their results email "the weather conditions contributed to making a tough course even tougher". Cold, wet windy and hilly but very well organised with good quality T-shirt.
Don't think I'll be doing again though you never know. Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: Very well organised, lovely course with friendly marshalls. In full: I was very impressed with the organisation both pre-race and post-race. The marshalls were all friendly and helpful and runners all received chocolate, an energy bar and water on completion of the race. I had already picked up my free t-shirt before the race had begun. Transport was provided for the 3/4 mile (ish) distance from carpark to start line and back again after the race. As a first-timer of the 15 mile distance I really enjoyed this race. I had been pre-warned about the 'awful' hill towards the end of both laps. But I didn't feel that it earnt the 'awful' title and there was much encouragement in the form of marshalls and general public on both of my laps at this point. I will definitely be back next year! Date of review: January 29, 2012