In short: A tough, honest road race - proper running. In full: Despite it being ridiculously hot (29 degrees), the race was thoroughly enjoyable. The first half is tough, but excellently marshalled and very scenic. Downhills are certainly appreciated, but the last hill requires you to dig deep. Certainly a race against the course, rather than other runners. T-shirt and beer excellent quality. Will be back next year! Date of review: July 8, 2013
In short: Hot, hilly, friendly In full: This is a hilly run - the first 4.5 miles are pretty much relentlessly uphill. Of course the reward afterwards is a steady descent for the next 4 miles before a nasty final mile or so.
The organisation of this race is brilliant. Friendly, efficient marshals and good facilities at the start/ end.
Today's race was made somewhat more challenging by the very hot conditions, but you can't really plan for that. Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: Fun in the sun In full: Tough race that has been around for a long time. I entered on the day with no problem. Lots of really friendly marshalls offering encouragement which was welcome, especially as conditions were tough. Bottle of beer and a t-shirt at the end from nice helpers. Well done NDRC! The 4 miles up are tough but it is the last mile and a half drag up to the finish that got the better of me again. Maybe next year!!! Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: A tough race, especially the fisrt 4 miles but brilliantly organised In full: This was a special race for me as I was running it for my main charity, Prostate Cancer UK, who were also the race's chosen charity. We also ran past Ashgate Hospice, which is another charity I've raised money for. The first 4 miles is hard work but you can make time up down the hill and I ended up running more than 10 minutes quicker than I expected. The marshalling is excellent and the bottle of beer at the end is a bonus. Date of review: August 28, 2012
In short: hilly for the first 4 miles then downhill till about mile8 and half then uphill to the finish line which i was releived to see .well organised .and every marshall encouring all the runners. .brilliant race will do it again next year without a doubt Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Great Race, Great Organisation, Tough First 4 Miles. In full: Really enjoyable day, Thanks all who organised, Tough first 4 miles but none of the hills are that long so not quite as hard as i had feared and you can really catch some time up between miles 4-9 if you can keep something in the tank! Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Tough climb for 1st half In full: An uphill climb for the first half of the race followed by a fast downhill for all but the last mile where it steadily climbs again. Very well marshalled with marshalls at all road junctions and a very friendly atmosphere. Finishers get a bottle of Brampton Brewery beer and a t-shirt. If I can psych myself up for the challenging first half I would do it again but it's not a PB potential course. Overall I enjoyed the experience though :) Date of review: August 27, 2012