In short: Friendly, yes. Well-organised, yes. Flat? ROFLMAO! In full: The full marathon certainly wasn't flat and I found it harder than expected to bag a sub-3:45 time. But otherwise it was excellent. Plenty of parking, a well-marshalled route, friendly faces all the way round, lots of water, High5 and gels at the fuelling stations, a decent medal and a course that could have been a great deal more unscenic than it was. I liked the off-road bits and would definitely come back and do the half-marathon. Which IS flat. Date of review: October 18, 2007
In short: Never a dull footfall :o) In full: A beautifully-organised, friendly, adequately waymarked event on what must be one of the most scenic routes on the race calendar. Which is not to say that it isn't mercilessly tough! "Multi-terrain" doesn't start to describe the variety of underfoot conditions. Lots of undulation, with several substantial ascents and descents. Stiles galore, and if you want to win you need to make a nippy getaway at the start to avoid the early bottlenecks. This will only be my 30k PB until I do another 30k, but it's the sort of race that's worth doing for its own sake. Date of review: August 19, 2007
In short: Better than your average half-marathon :o) In full: A good, solid, well-organised race, as one might reasonably expect from an organisation like 2:09. Parking conveniently close to the start; only a handful of Portaloos but plenty of bushes! Contrary to what others have posted, there WAS bag-storage in a tent. It was limited, but those who had come by car didn't need to use it. Pleasant, well-marshalled route - undulating enough to be challenging, with a couple of long shallow drags, but nothing scary. Traffic management was fine. Lots of water-stations, and so much water being packed away at the end that I'm sure supplies wouldn't have run out on a warmer day. A couple of the mile-markers were noticeably out of place. Finishing area was a little chaotic - medals here, goody-bag there and chip drop-off somewhere else. Useful goody-bag with SiS and For Goodness Shakes products. And a place to get a cuppatea. I could even have bought, for £5, a PINK race memento t-shirt that fitted me ... OK, so I couuld have cut off the label saying "Age 9-11" :o) I didn't quite get the PB I had come for, but thoroughly enjoyed the race and would definitely do it again. Date of review: May 13, 2007
In short: Lovely race - deserves a bigger turnout. In full: Om a Bank Holiday Sunday with lots of attractive races, we ended up at this one because of the civilised start time and the inexpensive fun run for the children. Nice friendly well-organised event with the main race on pleasant little country roads. Significantly undulating without any individual killer hills. My one whinge is that I felt I deserved a medal at the end rather than just a cup of water ;o) Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: Challenging course, but a friendly, well-organised race with a great goody-bag. In full: What a great race! Undulating enough to be interesting, but not hilly enough to be painful. Organisation and marshalling can't be faulted, I've got a sweatshirt which fits me, and after running 20 miles it was nice to get a big cheese buttie and a chocolate bar in the goody-bag. A perfect pre-FLM warm-up and assessment race :o) Date of review: March 18, 2007
In short: Nice course, excellent organisation. In full: I really enjoyed this race despite some, er, interesting climatic conditions which mercilessly exposed my weaknesses. Easy parking, fantastic pre- and post-race facilities, pleasant but challenging undulating route, and the usual Midlands friendliness. The Christmas pudding takes portion control to the extreme, though ;o) Date of review: December 10, 2006
In short: A great way to spend a Sunday morning :o) In full: Lovely race! Perfect weather and underfoot conditions, excellent on-site catering and a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. Parking was no problem and the marshalling was spot-on.
Definitely a course for those who like an interesting variety of inclines. The start and some of the single-file stretches got a little bottlenecked, but we were out for fun rather than PBs so it didn't matter.
I'm proud to have this event on my local race calendar. Date of review: November 19, 2006
In short: Hills? What hills? In full: What a lovely race! Friendly, well-organised, with lots of marshalls and well-stocked water-stations at exactly the right places. Nice fast, gently undulating course. No wonder it fills up well in advance. Date of review: October 8, 2006