In short: Hilly, tough, lots of stiles and friendly cows, small event In full: Tough climbs from the start and then down-hill but with a couple of steep climbs before a flat finish. A very scenic trail with lovely views of Derbyshire. Mostly serious runners and with a few waters stops so recommend taking your own to unless you're a camel - especially if it is a hot day. Date of review: September 6, 2013
In short: Hills? What hills? Oh, those hills. Ouch ;-) In full: Decided the night before to do this rather than an LSR. Very glad I did. Lovely scenery, perfectly marked, good camaraderie. Did get a hint from a local to go out like a whippet at the start if I wanted to avoid the bottlenecks in the first couple of miles. Only problem with doing that, I missed out on what would have been very welcome breathers! Good support at the finish of being clapped in, directed to where the water and oranges were at the end of the building.
See you next year. Date of review: August 20, 2013
In short: Scenic, challenging off-road race - great value for money! In full: First time I've run this race and would agree that it's a fab, challenging run. Bottlenecks didn't bother me - chance to get breath back. Route signage very clear, plus water stations etc on route. Agree that water could have been available on finish line, but people clapped me in (so don't agree with other comments on finish). Entry form clearly stated only limited tee shirts available to EOD runners ;-). Would definitely do this race again! Date of review: August 20, 2013
In short: Tough In full: I train in Hull and would definitely describe myself as a 'road' runner, so this was a shock. But, a good one! Hills were awesome, the views fantastic.
Some serious bottlenecks at the start - as one guy said in another review, I get it now why all the seasoned Belper runners went off like a rocket. Probably added a good 10 mins to my time hanging out at field boundaries :-(
The end of the race was a bit of a damp affair. Not a huge crowd at the finish, and some confusion as to who did, and didn't, get t-shirts. Orange wedges kinda reminded me of school rugby circa 1970, but as this was in fact a rugby club, they probably thought these were a real treat.
Overall, though, I loved it. Never properly ran on that sort of terrain before. It's a great training session for marathons: do this and a flat ish road race will feel effortless... Date of review: August 19, 2013
In short: Very challenging but rewarding In full: Very tough race with crazy hills, I had to walk up loads of them, superb route and views and a great atmosphere, the finish was the anti climax, no t shirt unless you pre paid and no well done, water, nothing at all at the finish line, shocking. Date of review: August 19, 2013
In short: freakin' A In full: For somebody from a county so flat that it makes a snooker table jealous, this was such made a great change. Gorgeous scenery and camaraderie. The hills were testing, but not awful. Made me realise just how much I prefer trail to road. Also helped me realise where I need to do more work on running technique and race strategy. Niggled an old hamstring injury, but minor detail. It was worth it for the experience. Thanks to all involved. p.s. More jelly babies next year, please :) Date of review: August 19, 2013
In short: A nice event showcasing some glorious Derbyshire countryside In full: I decided to do this fairly last minute as part of marathon training and it is certainly at least the equivalent of a 20 mile training run.
Lots of hills as advertised but a good mix of trails, fields, roads and woodland tracks to keep you interested. Marshalls were very good and thanks to the chap on a motorbike who gave me a bottle of water with 2 miles to go!
However, there are one or two things that would make this a fair bit better. Mainly, it was a disappointing anti-climax when you cross the line - no `well done` and no sign of the t-shirt or even any water (You have to go into the club-house to request these!). There are no distance markers and the marshalls that I asked didn`t know how far was left either. I asked a local club runner too and his knowledge later turned out to be wrong! The other thing was the start and finish which encompasses an industrial estate and a sewage works but I guess these must be unavoidable -? Lots of bottle necks early on, which I later realised was the reason the field tore off at the start so swiftly!
A tough challenge and maybe I`ll return to see if I can sneak under the 3 hours (very close today!). Date of review: August 18, 2013