In short: This race has everything and just seems to get better and better - when can I sign up for next year. In full: Think this is how local races ought to be organised and cant understand why more arent?The guys at this club know how to put on a great race for runners of all levels.
Good HQ and organised start, slightly narrow funnel to go over timing mats but seemed to get over them quickly. Course itself is playful but not overly difficult, lots of ups and downs (not sure if much actually flat) but none of either is severe. So lots of variety.
Marshalls deserve a special mention - outstanding. Supportive and so so many of them. plenty of water stops and an extra one near the start as it was warm and think they also bused round a few extra cases of bottled water for the marshalls to hand out.
It is a two loop race which isnt normally my cup of tea but love the scenery on this one so went easily (love the downward slop at about 25 miles)
Nice finish with a crowd to cheer you in. Good medal, OK t shirt excellent goody bag. This race is how it should be done and will be back next year. Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: Well organised trail race - but be prepared for laps - lots of laps In full: Marshalls were great, organisation good, route challenging with two slopes that got harder longer race went on. About 50% on grass 50% on forest trails...not as muddy as I expected.
But feature of teh race for good or bad is the laps - 12 of them for the marathon which was hard in later stages - so tempting to call it a day after 9 or 10!
Good value, lots of refreshments, quite nice medal although not bespoke and cotton t shirt
One to do but not sure every year Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: Its big, its smooth but its an event rather than a race In full: Well organised race that managed to get 50,000 in one place at one time ready for teh start without major problems - all the problems seem to be getting them away at end.
Course is largely soulless and uninspiring made better by the huge numbers of bands around course and the spectators. to be honest was expecting a few more spectators but might have been the rain putting them off.
Mildly undullating course with nothing too serious in terms of hills.
Think this has gone beyond a race to be honest and many people scores reflect this as an event or occasion, mass participation feel good etc. As a race there are better courses and better support.
Worth doing once for the occasion but doubt I will ever be back (even if I lived close) Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: At least four points where runners went on wrong course - says it all In full: Pre race good organisation.Chip andnumber pick up smooth. Race has possibly outgrown HQ but just about OK. Bridge in first half mile a bit of a challenge.
Potentially a lovely race. Running down canal paths, great views, pleasant. So as a training run would be stunning.
Thank you to the marshalls there were BUT too few and course not well marked. Heard of 3-4 points where runners went wrong, personally added over a mile but heard of people cutting 2 miles off. Marshall at end had to ask how far you had run and send you round field if you hadnt run far enough. Just not good enough in my book
Medal was the saddest one I have seen and goody bag (tea bag and a few vouchers - seriously!) barely recovered by first 50 or so marathon runners getting a free beer.
Race could/should be fastscenic run but spoilt by confusing route and poor signage. Date of review: September 11, 2010