In short: Great scenery but poor value for money In full: Would have liked to see some of the £17.50 entry fee go to the cancer charity. Costly for a 10k and suggests far too much was spent on advertising.
However, great course, mildly challenging and a good atmosphere.
In short: Very Special In full: No chips or timings for the high price but the scenery and free entry to the house and grounds after the event madeup for that.
The start funnel was very busy, so not really good for PB's unless you get to the front. Saying that I was running my backside off and overtook (barged through) and got a PB of 46:10 Yes it was a VERY challenging with the hills, but that was made up for with the long downhills. I only started running this year aged 50, but I have now enjoyed my 7th race. I have my first half marathon in FLORIDA in December, and you can sponsor me if you have a spare dime www.justgiving.com/stephenauker
In short: Great weather, gorgeous scenery, for a good cause... and a PB!! In full: Slow moving traffic jam to get to carpark, massive toilet queues (handy cricket pavilion tho'!). Fab scenery - really enjoyed the day and managed a PB ! Date of review: October 7, 2007
In short: A good 10k, but the hills hurt In full: A good run round Heaton Park, nice quick first couple of kilometres but then the hills hit. The one at 6k went on for ever!
Needed better organistaion at the start, being given 2 mins to get into position was pushing it with 1200 starters, and I felt sorry for the faster runners who got stuck at the back. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Nice tough course, very beginner friendly, pricey considering no chip timing In full: A good friendly race for beginners, but with no organisation at the start to allow faster runners to get to the front. Especially important as very narrow course. Good cheery marshalls and a really good use of the space in the park. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Fantastic scenery - Thouroughly enjoyable race In full: Small event but that just made it all the more cosy. A great race if you're new to running - plenty of stunning scenery to keep you occupied - and the finish with the back drop of castle howard itself makes for great photos. Is a little hilly for some but they don't last long and aren't too crazy. Running t-shirt supplied arent great for running but then your not in them for that long and it's all in a good cause. If you're new to running then make sure you get some pactice off road so you know what to expect. Date of review: April 26, 2007