In short: Fun Fun Fun In full: Challenging course with mixed terrain. The marshals were really supportive and encouraging and the supporters were vocal - whether they were on, or off, the train. I think the 10K is a harder course than the 14 miles but whichever route you earn your mega-medal and useful goody bag and a whopping cheer from the crowds by the finish Date of review: August 21, 2014
In short: Very clubby race, so a fast field. Lovely scenery and tracks. Hills are manageable in the main, but leave something in reserve for the last one, it's a killer! Date of review: August 21, 2014
In full: I've run all three MK marathons...so that must say something!Organisation efficient. Most of route on redways, quite a lot of green scenery after leaving city centre. Hit my PB and sub 4:30 target this year :) Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: great atmosphere and local support In full: The races were really well organised, the route was well marked with plenty of marshals. It was a hard race with some steep hills, but the atmosphere was so uplifting so it was always enjoyable. I would certainly do it again! Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: A small but perfectly formed race! In full: An interesting almost all off road course. The long rough grass along the river & climbing the many stiles was energy sapping but worth it for the vocal support at the finish line. Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: Beautiful views, Brutal climbs and the best support crew I've ever experienced in a race. In full: Whatever distance you chose to do here its gonna be a challenge. The support along the way was amazing, I was always well fed and well hydrated and left each check point with a smile. I did the 64 mile route and having the other distance races come past you in the morning was great, as almost everyone had words of encouragement to help us get through it.
The course was well marked out so you're not gonna get lost. I look forward to doing this again next year and also some of the other races Mudcrew organise.
Mudcrew don't do easy, but at least you'll be smiling Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: Superb event!!! 10/10 !!! In full: Great coarse with a brilliant atmosphere , for my 1st ever running race I was really impressed!!already looking forward to the 2015 RAT!! Well done to the organisers / marshals and all that competed this amazing event!! Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: A tough race for runners put on by runners! In full: My first Red rat having supported a friend last year doing the plague. The 4 distances make it a great option for anyone to run. Make no mistake this is a tough race which ever one you plump for. But the atmosphere, cameraderie amongst fellow runners and superb marshalling will get you to the finish. Stick this one on your running bucket list it won't disappoint! Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: absolutely brilliant! All the marshals were so helpful and enthusiastic! In full: Amazing views,really friendly and helpful fellow competitors, absolutely well organised, obviously well experienced race organisers which filters down to every aspect of the event. feed stations were so generous with all sorts of goodies. Can't wait to do it again, did the 32 considering the plague next year, will definitely be back for more. Thanks again guys! Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: Seriously hard but so rewarding. In full: After doing the 20 miler in 2012, the 32 miler last year i decided to step up and do The Plague which is 64 miles this year. For weeks i was nervous but after getting to the awesome race village the nerves soon went and it was great chatting to other runners and the organizers 'Mud crew'. The scenery is the best out there, atmosphere is top notch and the organisation is run brilliantly. I'm gonna be buzzing for a very long time. Roll on 2015. Thanks Mudcrew. Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: Expensive race and potentially dangerous - a lot of organisation that needs to be worked on In full: The City of Worcester Half marathon sounded like a really good race. I've never been around the city before and thought the run would give me full opportunity to do that. Plus I thought this warranted the expensive price tag with road closures, etc.
A few weeks before the race I received an email saying they had to move the course slightly due to a clash of events. I didn't realise this meant the move was actually to a small village and the route now meant we did 2 laps around small country lanes.
After turning up my partner and I were instantly struck by the lack of signs for parking and a race and it was only by seeing other runners did we know we had arrived.
We picked up our numbers and found that it was just a simple number on a small piece of paper. One would have expected chip timing with a race of this price.
Then we went in search of toilets. It was at this point we realised things were not looking so good. With a race allowing a field size of 700 they had 2 toilets!!! 2!! These were not even signed very well so people at times thought there was only 1. In some ways we were lucky that the entry was very small and only approx 150 people. However, the queues still meant that my partner and I queued up until literally 30 seconds before the start of the race. Not ideal preparation for a half marathon.
After we had started tho it became clear that no thought had been given to any health and safety on the course, or even to the runners! There was no lead bike, we saw no signs to help motorists and other road users to there being a race on, the signs for the turns were so small we missed a few of them, there were no marshalls, or if there were they weren't making themselves known (perhaps embarrassed at being associated with the race?).
Lack of signs for motorists and lack of marshalls to me were the biggest problems. Cars were not ready to slow down so both my partner and I had to occasionally step onto the verge.
The lack of a marshall at the junction of the 2nd lap meant we saw a few runners who "cheated" through no fault of their own.
Thankfully we had water stops so I thank the volunteers manning those stands. A good job too as the course was not a flat PB course, it was undulating with a number of hills. At least it wasn't hot, otherwise the water stations wouldn't have been enough. If it was a hot day and people were struggling with the heat there were no marshalls around to let them know someone was in trouble... I seriously hope this didn't happen.
Coming up to the finish I had no idea where the finish line was! I guessed at the same place as the start but as I approached it I could see lots of supporters, but no finish line. My garmin was only just coming up to 13 miles. very confusing. It was then I saw one of the organisers lean out with a stopwatch and saw a (VERY) small finish sign behind him.
After finishing I couldn't see any medal or finishers bag but I knew there was one so I went in search. There was a guy handing them out over by registration. Noone telling me to go over there, I just followed other runners.
The goody bag was ok -a medal, a (cotton) t shirt and a bite size milky way. However, no bottle of water??? Thankfully I had some water in the car.
All in all a very disappointing race which could have been quite dangerous should there have been more cars on the road or if it was a hot day.
We shall definitely not be entering another race by these organisers. Date of review: August 20, 2014