In short: A credit to the club and the town In full: 4th time for me at this event and, even though I had a `mare, I can`t fault this race.
It is undulating with by far the toughest hill in mile 1 but this means a nice downhill finish. If you run well the layout of the course can mean you can push for a quick time over the last 3 miles. Lovely alpacas in the park and the funny placards!
At the end, tech tee, bottled water, pen, kitkat, in a cotton bag. Great value. "I`ll be back!" Date of review: October 29, 2013
In short: Shouldn`t rate the Half and Marathon in same section! In full: My reasons for doing this marathon were admittedly suspect - I did it in 2010 (my 1st) and didn`t like the course but returned because it was pretty local and therefore affordable. Gripes - I got no info through the post , only my bib, which is scandalous at that price really but the rest of the organisation was solid. The first half was a doddle, flat and bits of nice scenery with great support but then it got tough. Exposed windy sections made sure it was not `easy` and the last 2 miles of switchback have rightly been described as `soul destroying`. Nice event overall though. Can`t criticise the route too much because Nottingham is what it is. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: A Credit to Mansfield Harriers In full: 3 lap park based course in the nicest bit of Mansfield. Flat and really well coordinated by the club. Race base fine for a smallish field that had a mix between 15 minute club runners and walkers from a local supermarket. No k markers but 3 laps help gauge pace. Cheap to enter but still got plenty of bounty at the finish, including a spot prize and a PB! Nice way to spend a bank holiday morning. Date of review: August 26, 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
In short: Fun in the sun In full: Tough race that has been around for a long time. I entered on the day with no problem. Lots of really friendly marshalls offering encouragement which was welcome, especially as conditions were tough. Bottle of beer and a t-shirt at the end from nice helpers. Well done NDRC! The 4 miles up are tough but it is the last mile and a half drag up to the finish that got the better of me again. Maybe next year!!! Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: Some obvious flaws compensated by a great Town In full: Most issues have been pointed out by previous reviewers. Main ones for me:- Waiting to start for 20 minutes is unacceptable. Narrow coned lanes and switchbacks. Same medal and shirt whether you had done 13 or 26 miles. Personally, I lost track of how I was doing as mile markers were missing, unclear or just wrong! That said, the Salopians turned out and supported well around the course. Such a lovely town that would be great for a big 10k race but a marathon needs a lot more thought and consideration than was put into this one. Date of review: June 24, 2013
In short: Shame about Don Valley In full: My local half. Best atmosphere especially at Eccy Road which is really noisy and inspirational. Bit of confusion about toilets amongst some folk but there ought to be plenty really but there is a lack of signage (but were shown on pre-race info). I was ok with water cups but no sports drinks at all is a shame for a big race. However, goody bag seemed improved from when I last did it with a decent running top, sweatband and a nice medal. Quick course too as all the climbing is done really after Division Street. Enjoyed it. Date of review: May 15, 2013
In short: Better than last time I did it. In full: As a resident of the Steel City, I`ve not been the greatest supporter of this race but today was a really good event. Lots of moans about toilets but there are plenty of toilets in the stadium but there was a lack of signage (it was clear in pre-race info though) so runners were queueing for the ones nearest to the reception, delaying the race start. A great shame that the stadium will no longer be the race base. Crowd support was the best I`ve witnessed and Eccy Road is inspiring. Lots of water stations but none with sports drinks but who really cares. Goody bag was better than I`d got previously for this race with tech t-shirt, good medal and I like the wristband plus a healthy snack and sweets. Next year will be a big challenge for the race and Hillsborough is the obvious candidate.
In short: One of the very quickest courses in the region In full: I entered this late but didn`t regret it. Had vague ideas of a PB but that was smashed as I improved by nearly 3 minutes in what was my 14th Half Marathon. Longish walk to the start but fine for a warm up. No loos there though. A billion marshalls were on hand and most were very friendly and reasonably clued-up. Shame the silence for Boston didn`t work but folks couldn`t hear the tannoy. Course was very flat and the wind was tough for the first half but then there was more shelter and there were pockets of support and water stations dotted around the course. Clear and regular distance markings ensured you kept focussed on your time too. Due to a mix up, I was not given a goody bag but did later receive a t-shirt. A really good race that I suspect will sell-out quickly in 2014! Date of review: May 8, 2013
In short: A regular for me In full: I do this every year and did it this time even though it didn`t really fit in with my training.
Road closures were added this year which cost the organisers (Scouts) a fortune but helped the flow of the race. There seemed to be even more people watching than usual creating a tremendous atmosphere despite the chilly weather. Lots of beginners although it is a hilly one. Well done all and see you in 2014! Date of review: March 18, 2013