In short: Superb race - well done Buxton AC/Buxton MR! In full: This is a superb race that I was initially a little bit worried about running. Yes, it's a 'challenging' course but it's worth it. Such scenery and the hills are great fun! Each cattle grid was manned/covered by many from Buxton MR (thank you again) and the water stops were supplied by Buxton Water (obvs) and bottles are so much easier than plastic cups! Not a PB course but that's a good thing as it keeps the numbers down! Selfish I know but long may this continue to be a hidden gem! Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: Hilly, spectacular, very weel organised In full: Never been in a race with such a high marshal to runner ratio so this is not an easy race for Buxton to put on. The race HQ has all you need - toilets (not busy), swift number collection, close to parking and start, all in the spectacular Pavillion.
The course is spectacular, scenes that come to mind are; climbing that 3 mile hill and watching the runners winding up the road ahead of me, beatuful rock formations, the peak districts wonderful hills, running through Buxton Pavillion Gardens for the 3-400m finish - it's all absolutely gorgeous.
There arre 3 bottled water stations - well manned and efficiently served (i.e. they even take the bottle tops off).
You get a great cheer at the end no matter how fast / slow you are. Bryan Dale and his volunteers are there to take photos, all of which online for free (as opposed to £29 a go like other races I shan't mention).
The bonus was hanging round Buxton Pavillion after the race. For a donation to the Mountain Rescue you get a massage, there were very nice food stalls and a brass band played to complete the occasion.
I always try to give even the best race organisers some feedback just to make them even better (I help organise quite a few races / parkruns). In this case, I can't, it was perfect.
Thank you Buxton, this race is a hidden gem. For purely selfish reasons, I hope it stays that way! Date of review: May 26, 2013
In short: Fantastic race and a great day out In full: I've done this race for a few years now and it is definitely one of my favourites. It's a small, tough race, but one that has a special feel and makes a nice day out for the family and spectators, who, on a glorious, sunny day which we had this year, could make the most of the Pavilion Gardens. After the start, there is only a handful of spectators and the marshals for support, until you are into the finishing stages in the Pavilion Gardens, where there is a very enthusiastic crowd to welcome you home. However, the Peak District scenary is spectacular and that is a key reason for doing this race. The organisation is excellent, with bottled water and plenty of marshals. Being able to use the showers in the Pavilion baths is a real bonus, especially if you want to enjoy the Bank Holiday fun in the gardens in the afternoon. Well done to all those who put this race on and thank you to the volunteers - you've delivered another cracking race and done yourselves proud. Date of review: May 26, 2013
In short: really hot race In full: done this race a few times and it was so hot today but got 1h49 non stop and runners who think this is easier then Eyam half in my mind they are just the same well done to all runners Date of review: May 26, 2013
In short: Hills, hills and more hills! In full: Why did pre-entries have to queue to collect their numbers whilst on-the-day entries could just walk up and quickly get a number? Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: Still smiling with satisfaction 3 days later In full: The grand Pavilion Gardens are a lovely setting for the Race HQ, assembly point and finish, & whilst it’s a busy little town, parking wasn’t too much of a problem. By anyone’s definition of the term - this route is hilly. From the start it’s a steady 623 feet climb over 2.8 miles before the turn-off from the main road down a country lane. By this junction you’re almost 1,600 feet above sea-level and the panoramic views over the Peak District are a great distraction. Over the next 4 miles there’s 900 feet of descent with one long 2 mile section a great opportunity to build up some momentum. After which there’s an ascent of 500 feet over the next 1.5 miles. Another quick downhill section and there’s another 200 feet climb over 1.5 miles as you re-enter Buxton. Except for the beginning and end stretches the course is rural and the bit of zigzagging around the large leafy houses towards the finish seemed very much out of context. It was very satisfying rounding the park to be greeted by quite a large crowd at the finish. This was great value for money & a well organised race, complete with mile markers, frequent stations dispensing handy bottles of Buxton mineral water, a pace car, & what was a clever touch - rubber mats over the many cattle grids. It was a pleasantly cool & dry day and even the wind couldn’t lessen my enjoyment. I’m just surprised more runners - than the 368 who participated - don’t compete in this. Probably not one for novices though. Date of review: June 3, 2011
In short: Great race, but take it easy early on. In full: Really enjoyed Buxton again having run it for the first time in 2010. This year I learnt my lesson and took the first 3 miles very steadily - it paid off and made the second big hill at 7 miles much easier and I was able to enjoy the run back into Buxton instead of crawling home!
No roasting heat like last year, but strong winds up on the top of those hills added another dimension to the challenge!
Overall a really good race, through fantastic scenery and huge thanks to all the friendly encouraging marshalls - you make a big difference. Date of review: May 30, 2011