In short: A good multilap course - but short, alot short. (not however in a pb kinda way!) In full: Well organised with lots of parking and toilets close to the reg tent and the start finish. I found the course great with lots of variation of the laps. I personally like multilap courses so found it great however if its not your thing then steer clear as the 12 laps will drive you potty. Mine main gripe was that the course was short. not just a bit.. by over a K! I find this not excusable even if its the first time they've put on the race. Its pretty straight forward in this day and age of GPS, even with a multi lap course. Id happily do it again next year if it was proper distance. Date of review: July 10, 2013
In short: Well Organised for a first time event nice supply of nutrition every lap In full: The Race was well organised with ample car parking on site to accommodate all runners, registration was quick and the overall communication regarding changes of start times was well managed and explained. The course was 3.5km with a slight variation for the first lap of the 10km, it was all on grass, running through fields and the surrounding Country Park. Personally I found 6 laps very repetitive but the provision of GU energy gels, jelly babies, 9 Bar Snacks and water on every lap was excellent, as were the wrist bands to serve as a visual reminder of what lap you were on. The only fault I would raise is the end of the race seemed to be under the start/finish inflatable sign however it was actually a finishing funnel before the start/finish sign, this wasn’t that clear to all finishers and I saw a few people cross the “finish line” only to be told they had to go back to enter the finish funnel. But this was not a major issue and was probably communicated at the start of the race however 6 laps later in the heat people can forget what they were told earlier in the day. In terms of support there were plenty of people supporting the runners this appeared to thin after the 10k and half marathon runners finished
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