In short: challenge by name, challenge by nature... but what fun I had!!! In full: Not to be put off by the naff weather and the thought of mud and fields, the castle start line is nothing compared to what lies ahead.. As an October run I was expecting some kind of weather and I was not too surprised when we had rain, lots of it. This made the views slightly less picture postcard but there were still some surprises along the way. My first 26 mile challenge and I loved every minute. A super run even in bad weather and muddy fields. Maybe I would have liked too see different shirt colours for the differing distances, I was really proud to finish this one and I will wear it with pride... Thanks to all involved, a job well done. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: The wet weather certainly added some spice to this years challenge. Well done to all those who made the start line. It was bleak, but well worth the effort for the views alone. In full: This was my first attempt at the distance, and well worth the effort. All those weeks of hard fought training miles couldn't have prepared me for the conditions under foot on the day, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Some of the terrain was challenging for a novice trail runner. This was mainly down to the weather before and during the event. The trail crosses various farms en route, and many of the fields were freshly ploughed. Damn, that mud was sticky. I now know what it must be like to run in diving boots.
A big thanks to the organisers, and all those who turned out on the day to help - always with a smile. It must have been tough in that weather to stand there for hours at a time waiting for us runners and walkers to pass through the checkpoints. The signage and marshalling made the course easy to navigate. Maybe book the sunshine a bit earlier next time though eh? ;-) Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Improvement needed In full: I did the half version (13.1). This race has great potential. Firstly the gripes I know this was a trail race but I think one of the fields had been freshly ploughed, nice farmer! (this may require more interaction with farmers). Secondly there were not enough marshalls by half at one point having lost sight of the people in front of me a spectator had to give me directions and I'm not the only one, less marshalls at water stations and more on the course would be better. Thirdly the cost of the coach was a bit excessive £4 for a 10 minute journey. On the plus side I got a medal, technical t-shirt and certifecate. The water supplied was in bottles a real bonus. Good bag drop and friendly people.
One question why the concillor who was oblivious that some people were running the course.
A race with great potential which could be reached with the help of local running clubs. Date of review: October 26, 2012
In short: Once again a great event In full: Another lovely run. I did the half this year (13.3 by Garmin!), and it was a really nice route, well signposted and marshalled. This event has a lovely friendly atmosphere, and isn't race just a "challenge", which I think makes everyone a bit more relaxed. A lovely morning Date of review: October 18, 2012
In short: Very enjoyable race but not easy,great value and lovely scenery. In full: Did the full 26 miles from Lincoln to Sleaford.Really enjoyable but its made me ache in a few places!A few difficult bits under foot and styles/railway lines /foot bridges to deal with.Great value for a 26 mile race and thought the technical t-shirt and medal were good prizes.Generally really well organised apart from one place where I took a wrong turn,and I was't the only one.Even when I found the right turn it wasn't obvious.Probably needed a marshal here. Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: Tougher than I thought! In full: I did the 13 mile option from Metheringham. Lovely route but the going got tough when we hit the ploughed fields, and by the time we got to the riverbank it was a case of hanging in and trying to run more than I walked. I did say never again, but a long hot bath later I'm trying to work out how feasible the full course would be...
In short: Lovely low key event, Superb Organisation, Great Marshalls and competitors alike In full: Did this event in 2009 and it became one of my all time favorites for it's low key relaxed atmosphere. charming scenery and superb organisation. I'm Glad to say that it has managed to improve. Had a lovely day, it's a great run, the marshals where abundant and friendly and to add coach transport to the start, a technical tee shirt, medal and certificate make is superb value. Loved it! Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: An excellent event In full: This was my first time running this course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did the 13 miles run starting from Metheringham. It was very well organised with friendly marshals. The course was mainly off-road, not too muddy but a few slippy bits to keep you on your toes. Lovely route across country taking in some nice villages. The sunny weather helped too. Will do it again. Nice T-shirt and medal at the end. Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Nice, something a bit different In full: Well organised, water in bottles at checkpoints this year. Nice mix of paths and trail like footpaths. I wore trail shoes which helped off road but the weather was kind again this year so not excessively muddy. The various local groups (scouts, cadets etc) who helped with the marshalling were very supportive of the runners. I'd prefer a t-shirt to a medal but thats my personal opinion. Date of review: October 18, 2011