In short: Scenic tail running fun, friendly and well organised In full: good mix of on and off road sections. Footwear choice would really depend more on weather conditions as there are quite a few grassy sections. Nice tech running vest at the end of the race along with a medal. Had a great time and will be returning to this race. Ive seen quite a few posts about price and would like to add my own thoughts that running in the private and public grounds of a stately home is always going to mean the organisers have paid a premium for the venue - so it would seem fair that the entry price would reflect this and i personally felt the entire day was excellent value. Date of review: August 6, 2013
In short: Nice, but over-priced In full: The race as it was today is not a £26 race, it's bang in line with the £12 races I've done this year. No atmosphere. At this price I'd expect a race village, some stalls, some music playing. No start line! Everyone had to ask where the line was! No clock! This is a real basic, there should have been a finishing time clock for people to see approaching the time. No chip timing! Another basic for a race at this cost. Getting a race vest was a nice surprise though. Date of review: August 4, 2013
In short: Very scenic, with enough challenges, something for everyone. In full: First Grimsthorpe for me. Scenic and undulating, with 'plenty to do'. Should have left the trail shoes at home but, instead, run in my road running shoes. The only let-down was that there was no finish clock, neither were there any race results, so still have no idea re placings and official finish time. Date of review: July 18, 2012
In short: Challenging but expensive In full: I wasn't sure what to expect for an out of city half-marathon for £25 (plus £5 per head for anyone else in the car that wasn't running)...and I suppose I'm a bit dissapointed. Nothing going on before the race (no refreshment outlets, no real build up, etc)...and very little after (a cup of water and a XL vest which is so small my young daughter has it).
I found the course challenging and genuinely enjoyed the race itself. However, to charge £25 you need to do a bit more. I've had more at races half the price in terms of facilities, information, things goingon pre-post race and the goody-bag/t-shirt/medal at the end.
Sorry, don't mean to be critical but I'm concerned that a few race organisers are started to bump up the prices a bit and it needs to be checked to ensure people keep doing races. Date of review: July 18, 2012
In short: My favourite ever half marathon! In full: traffic free, the trails were lovely (35%), the grass sections (15%) muddy but perfectly runnable, gently undulating all the way round, stunning views in every direction, lots of banter, chat & chivalry and a really nice running vest at the finish! Date of review: July 15, 2012
In short: Good off road HM. In full: No serious hills. Some trail & grass sections, with a long tarmac stretch. Nice run around the castle grounds. Plenty of parking, & you can stay afterwards & look around the castle. Well organised & friendly. T-shirt & medal, & great trophy for doing both this race & the Ultra yesterday...A nice touch. Date of review: August 22, 2011