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
In short: Well Done Fat Feet In full: Details sent before the race where excellent which showed exactly where the water stops where, what the course profile was and what surface to expect amongst other info. Superbly organised in a non pushy relaxed an informal way. what a refreshing change from those boring corporate everything fits all events. this is unique and has a real atmosphere...one for REAL runners. Date of review: August 18, 2011