In short: Pancake flat but totally exposed to the wind In full: I agree with many of the previous comments. On a windy day this course is tough going. I did this race in November aswell and although it was colder back then the much calmer wind made it a lot easier.
I liked the warm-up event before the start as it got people ready and motivated on what was a windy day. Overall this is good value at around £15. Plenty of food and drink and a decent medal at the end.
I also recorded 13.29 miles on the Garmin. I know that GPS watches aren't always totally accurate but that is a big difference on what ought to be a relatively easy course to measure.
I may come back again but overall I enjoyed it more first time round last November. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Superb start to the road racing year In full: I made a 100+ mile round trip to come to the NTRIX because I heard it was a great event. I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. It was brilliantly organised with lots of support and encouragement from the marshals and the locals. A freezing day but bright winter sunshine allowed for a good time and an uphill stretch just before half way was a bit of a sting in the tail but on the whole it was a quick course with beautiful rural surrounds. I'd definitely make the trip to this event again. Well done Stratford AC. Superb! Date of review: January 16, 2012
In short: Great value and friendly established race - but oh my the hills. In full: I've run a dozen 10k races this year and this was by far the most challenging. A 3 lap hilly course made tougher by a strong wind - but a great sense of achievement when it was over and was well worth the 80 mile round trip I made to get to the race. Excellent organisation with ample parking so long as you allowed a bit of time. Challenging hills (but what goes up must come down) good marshalling and very welcome friendly local support made it a great afternoon race. I wouldn't call it a course for a PB but I think I may have achieved it by a matter of seconds - (At the time of writing the results haven't been published yet). Well done to all the organisers, the local School and the people of Cheddleton who made it a special race. Date of review: November 26, 2011
In short: Great value, flat, multi-option event which appeals to all levels of runners In full: With the option of a 5k, 10k or a Half Marathon this is a great race no matter what your running level is. I did the Half Marathon and the fast flat course gave me a new PB time. With an entry fee of £12 with chip timing and a nice medal at the end I thought it was excellent value. Well done to the organisers. I'll be back to run this again in the future. Date of review: November 20, 2011
In short: One of the most uplifting races you could run In full: A brilliant run and I'll remember it for a long time. Superb support from the locals. The hill at 10-11 miles wasn't too bad if you paced yourself carefully. My first '1/2' and I can't wait until my next one. Well done to everyone involved and all fellow runners. Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: Quick, fun, friendly race In full: A great job done by Merrill College and the Shelton Striders. Excellent facilities beforehand with the use of changing rooms and storage at the college and good marshalling and support throughout the route. The flat course along with fair weather allowed me a PB time. One area for improvement would be the t-shirt. Many running club races offer a quality running t-shirt nowadays. I would suggest a £2 to £3 increase in the entry fee in return for a better t-shirt in the future. But overall a great job from the organisers - well done. Date of review: October 10, 2011
In short: Wll attended, well organised and challenging 10k In full: My 10th 10k of the summer and with a strong wind and that climb at 6k over the A38, it definitely felt like my most challenging. Not a course for a PB but this is a great race, well marshalled, good support from the locals, an excellent t-shirt (as has been mentioned several times already) and offers a great challenge to 1st timers as well as more experienced runners. Well done Lichfield. Here's hoping for just a mere light breeze next year :-) Date of review: September 11, 2011