In short: A nice but hilly race! In full: I ran this with my friend and it was her first ever race, so we just did the 5 miles. She found it incredibly tough, but she has nothing to compare it to, whereas I quite enjoyed it and would have liked to have done the 10 miles if we'd had time. All of the marshalls were very encouraging, so thank you to you all...and a lovely good bag at the end too! Date of review: August 28, 2011
In short: I'm no Quitter! In full: This is a lovely race but really hard, my legs still ache! Really friendly and well organised and the marshalls made me laugh on the way round (well splutter at least, not sure I could manage a laugh.) All the other runners were also friendly and encouraging so it was a pleasure to take part. Nice goody bag - and I got a perpetual trophy for the first lady vet in the 10-mile - oh no! looks like I have to come back next year to hand it back (and I am sure I said never again at about 4-miles....) Date of review: September 3, 2009
In short: Good challenging huff & puffer! In full: I'd heard this was an undulating number so it didn't spring any surprises on me. Lovely scenery, nice mixed surface and an overall enjoyable run. Nice goody bag at the end too and great value for money. Well done Ilkeston Date of review: August 31, 2009
In short: Challenging freindly race In full: This is a gem of a race and considering the close proximity to Nottingham I'm really surprised more people don't do this as a training run for the Notts Half. At 3.5 miles I was wondering what all the fuss was about and then that hill hit me! It was hard the first time round so I don't know how I got up it the 2nd time. Marshalls were fantastic (Thank you) and organisation was brilliant. Couple of small gripes, 1. Mile markers seemed to be slightly out of place (It took me 28 mins to do the 1st 4 miles and 11 minutes to get to mile 5!!)2. Would have been nice to have bottled water at the end. Neither point take away from a great race.
In short: Tough undulalting course in fantastic scenery. In full: The beauty of this race lies not only in the stunning country park setting, nor in the bargain value, nor in the friendliness of marshalls and organiser, but in allowing the option of quiting after 5 miles or going on for a second lap to make it a 10 mile race. There is absolutely no shame in stopping after 5 miles because 5 miles on this course would be like 8 or more on a flat course. However, if you're not used to doing 10 miles and can complete the full course then the sense of achievement is special.
Well worth the time and cost of doing this race. Date of review: September 1, 2008