In short: Big hills but great views In full: I loved the James Herriot books and now understand his descriptions of the beauty & ruggedness of North Yorkshire. Even in July it was windy and rainy on the tops . .. and those climbs!!! But worth it for the views and lovely atmosphere as the runners & marshalls were a cheery bunch who always had a word of support and a smile. I was disappointed as no medal (as stated on RW website) or goody bag at the end :( I felt like I deserved a medal after that run! Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: 2 tough climbs, but definately worth it In full: The opening mile is one of the toughest I've done in a race. Normally a road runner, but this hill absolutely killed me, another shorter but steeper one at about the 4.5 mile point. It was windy and wet but still enjoyed it, although disappointed to receive no medal at the end, even though the entry form said I would. Date of review: August 20, 2009
In short: My hardest yet In full: Not a great deal to say because the race rendered me speechless. The views were the best ever, but those hills did come at a price. My clutes and quads still hurt 3 days after.
My only disappointment was no goodie bag, even though the race itinerary on runners and the website DID say there was a medal. For that reason only.... I will not be doing it again. Date of review: July 31, 2009
In short: Very enjoyable, nice change from roads In full: Really glad I did this race. It was windy and wet and the first mile or so up Black Hill is a tough opening. But getting it out the way early on sets up the rest of the course nicely. An undulating route through beautiful scenery. I found running on some of the tracks quite a change from roads or paths and you need to concentrate on some of the downhill sections over loose stones. Very friendly competitors, smooth low key organisation. I'd recommend this to anyone as a good introduction to fell running. Date of review: July 30, 2009
In short: Unsurpassable scenery and a great course. In full: This is beginner-friendly if you are talking about beginning fell running. On balance it is a trail run although I've run it twice consecutively and the weather was glorious both times. In bad weather it would be a serious fell running challenge. The trails are very easy to follow and after two gruelling steep bits the home run on soft turf is a fair reward. A PB would have to be for this course only as its distance is a bit approximate; about 9 miles. Last year it was amusing in a 9k (sic) race to pass a 9k marker up on the fell. I couldn't understand why I wasn't runner under the finish gantry. Miles, kilometeres who cares! Seriously: This is a must-do for any off-roader. Well done organisers but small gripe: the running hare on a green background medal is lovely but I've got two now so a different design/date would be good for next year. Date of review: September 6, 2006
In short: great race, marvilious run and great views In full: Can't believe there isn't more people that do this run, the first hill at 600M is a killer, but from there it is nice views for 7K, then another killer hill, then into the valleys with the sheep. Take a picnic and have a nice lunch after on the lawn next to the castle Date of review: August 11, 2006
In short: A breathtaking route with challenging hills and fun descents. In full: This was only my second race and was a tremendous challenge but was simply wonderful. A huge ascent at the beginning was followed by flat moor-top trails and scrambling descents. There seemed to be people of many levels though this is a bit stiff for beginners (I haven't raced a lot but do train a lot). Truly one of the most memorable of mornings. Date of review: July 31, 2006