In short: Great marathon for a first timer. In full: Being my first marathon I have nothing to compare it to. Water stations were well stocked and plentiful, gels and shot bloks were on offer but I didnt use them. I suffered cramps in the last two miles, would that have happened if isotonic drinks were on offer in one or two of the latter water station? Marshals were fantastic and the crowd support was the best I`ve ever encountered at any race!! Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: A delight to run!! In full: From the moment I got to race village, everything ran like clockwork. A fast moving toilet queue, no waiting at baggage, before and after the race. A nice quick course with a nice downhill for the last 5 miles. I will say though, if a radio presenter is going to say a course is perfectly flat moments before the start of a race, then maybe he should run it himself, it was more undulating!! Marshall's were great and course support was a lot better than I was expecting. A lovely bit of bling at the end of it, maybe a normal Tee would have been nice too. A great event!! Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Challenging yet fun! In full: My first Ashby 20 but probably not my last. What a great race. Marshall's were the most supportive and friendliest I have ever encountered in an event. Water, sponges, gels, jelly babies and even chocolate were plentiful on the course. Having the HQ at the leisure center worked really well too. Its was great to be able to shower after the race! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Beware the toilet police!! In full: This event was in a public park, with public toilets. I would love to know what gives the organizers the right to to tell people that they cannot use the public toilets but must use the three very wobbly portaloos bought in for the event. The queues were that long I`m not even sure some people made the start! If you`re going to get the course distance wrong. Err on the side of caution and make it slightly longer. EVERYBODY I spoke to all said their GPS watches came up short, not great for people trying to claim a PB, even if it was advertised as a fun run. One plus point, all of the marshals were great, supportive and friendly. Not enough for me to ever do an MCC event again. Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: That hill!!!! In full: I`d been debating whether to run this event as Id injured myself in a previous HM 3 weeks ago. I`m so glad I did though. The organization was second to none and the crowd support amazing!! Water stations were well stocked and well manned, and marshals plentiful. It is a challenging course and I felt the pain of the hills at the end for a couple of days. My only minor gripe was the start, I was in the orange wave which was set off in two separate waves with too long a gap between the two, this meant that my partner who was waiting for me to pass at a certain point left before I`d got to her because she thought that all of the orange wave had already passed. There was rumor or a course change to remove the hill at the end,after the race I cursed and would have welcomed that. But after thinking about it, its what make a course a good course. Keep the hill!!
In short: Great inaugural run with a few minor teething problems In full: I speak as a HM first timer, firstly I have to say the events team at BHF were very good in the run up to the event answering queries and ironing out the issues with spectator passes. The event itself was made for me by public support along the way, which was welcome on a very rural route. Marshals along the way could have been a bit more encouraging but it can't have been great standing around in that weather. As for goody bags, I go for the race not the freebies and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks again BHF. Date of review: March 17, 2013