In short: Muddy but Fun! In full: For my first marathon the mud was not ideal, but thought the race was well organised and the marshalls were very friendly and encouraging. The course would have been great I think if the original route would have been run, but not much the organisers could have done about that! Again would have preferred a t-shirt over a bag but thats my only minor grumble! Thoroughly enjoyed the day and the challenge of an off-road marathon! Date of review: April 3, 2013
In short: Ok, could be better In full: No issues with organisation and course was ok but not that interesting although accept this was changed a bit due to poor weather and respect and appreciate that this was considered prior to the day. Disappointed that we got a poor quality bag after the fab t- shirt last year and thought this was poor for the fairly steep entry fee. Also disappointed at the lack of toilets after this was an issue last year too and it seemed that improvements were put asides at the expense of saving money. I think this will be a false economy in the long run as runners ( including myself) may not come back as a result ( I would however, if I knew the issues above had been addressed) Date of review: March 31, 2013
In short: not a good pb course but fun all the same In full: Pretty course, 3 laps round the grounds of the abbey. Was hoping for a quick time but soon realised that was impossible in that it was so muddy, and twisty paths that meant you had to be careful not to go over on your ankle! Also as a 10k runner, we soon had the trouble of negotiating the slightly slower half and full marathoners - would have been fine on a less muddy day perhaps but meant the lapped route got congested in places. However, the advantage of the slow field is that I came (I think) 3rd or 4th lady - yay! Not normally possible with a 47 min 10k!! Date of review: March 31, 2013
In short: Not a race to gain a PB! In full: Bottle neck at the start and single file only for the first section made the going very slow for those stuck nearer the back of the field, however the drinks station with jelly babies half way round was a welcome site - a good hill to get you going and not too muddy underfoot. Will run again next year, lovely atmosphere & friendly runners/organisers. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: An enjoyable, friendly, motivating multi-lap course In full: This race was the first of Northampton Running Festival. A mix of 10k, half marathon and marathon runners which was a bit of a challenge keeping your pace. Unfortunately not enough toilets at the start and there was a bit of a queue.
I was surprised on how much I enjoyed the lap repeats. Everyone was very motivational and friendly supporters throughout the race and the bobble collection was a lot smoother than I expected. Nice T-shirt and medal - would go back next year as good valley for money and only an hour away. Date of review: April 10, 2012
In short: Good scenery - mud, narrow, undulating track in parts In full: Not a course for a PB as it is muddy, narrow in parts and undulating; and mixing 10k, half and full marathon meant lots of passing other runners. Friendly. Only 5 loos so people still queuing at the start. But the fruit cake was truly wonderful - thanks to the cook!! Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: Was put off by the multi-lap format but it worked really really well. In full: Nice flat course with friendly marshalls. Different terrain made it more interesting than a road race for me. I found the multilap format a real boost - I could count down the 2 mile laps to finish which was mentally better for me than seeing the miles slowly creeping up. Only downside for me was the lack of baggage facilities. You could leave your stuff in the catering tent which I normally would have done but I didn't get the feeling that anybody would be paying attention beyond the half marathon finish. Date of review: April 9, 2012