In short: One of a kind In full: Fab scenery, fast if you don't run my tactics ;¬( Great atmosphere from runners, marshalls and the supporters who really do travel to middle of nowhere to cheer on runners. Organisation mostly great but did the odd double-take at a route choice. Date of review: May 19, 2008
In short: Good race, more enjoyable for not pushing hard in the heat In full: Great atmosphere and spectators, the locals really get behind this one and give it a big race feel, but without the big race crowding. Lovely town/country course and maybe PB'able if your running well and not as hot as this year. Date of review: May 13, 2008
In short: Muddy, marshy, moors and hills In full: Some tough moorland crossings with difficult footing on tussocks and excessive mud. Plenty of challenging hills also. I'd recommend some serious mileage before taking on this one. My previous 25m at Trollers Trot, Skipton (more runnable off-road), didn't quite prepare me for this. Snow in morning (settled on high ground), sun in afternoon which was pleasent. Date of review: April 14, 2008
In short: Superb dales running/walking event In full: Wholeheartedly agree with sentiments of other reviewers. There are plenty of off-roaders out there but not many offer quite the variety of backdrop this one does. Don't be put off if your a road runner though, this is one of the easiest off-road courses I've run. Climbs aplenty but usually steady and on reasonable paths, trails, tacks and roads. After twenty+ miles the 3 mile flat amble by the river at the end is well deserved. Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: Close to top marks from me In full: Marshalls and other race helpers were great. Goodie bags were most generous I've known considering the inclusion of LS-top as well. Location was lovely and the course was challenging but rewarding.
Only thing I can mark down on is difficulty in getting into car park causing a traffic jam and last minute arrival for many. I suggest maybe state in bold writing on form "Set off early". Disregarding this minor gripe it was, as others have already said, one of the best races in Yorkshire. Date of review: November 26, 2007
In short: Spot on, I travelled from Hull and wasn't disappointed In full: Great organisation even down to small things like big direction signs, thank you sign as you leave, best post-race snacks table I've seen in a small 10k. Fast course and a reasonably warm day for the spectators (last point is pure luck I guess) Date of review: September 30, 2007
In short: Another good Elloughton 10k In full: Organisers get this one running right year-on-year. Fast country course, not mega-scenic but how many flat 10k's are? Only a few short shallow rises make this as close to a flat course as you'll get. Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: Maintaining the same high standards In full: A well run race once again - not my run, I was poor, but the organisers running of the event. Decent goody bag as always. Still one of the best flat 10k's I've done. Date of review: July 25, 2007
In short: Every kind of terrain and one you'll always remember In full: First go at an ultra so no expectations of time. Very tough course in places and tiring as I've never been on my feet so long. Well organised and fantastic volunteers who devote an entire day to marshalling and other duties Date of review: July 8, 2007
In short: Event was even better than my high expectations In full: Well organised and marshalled. Brathay hall put on a good fair at the start/finish. Regular water stations also offering energy drinks and more. Crowd support was brilliant especially considering the mostly rural route, very enthusiastic pockets in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge and then through Bowness and Ambleside.
The course was tough as expected undulating nearly constantly and with a fair few tough short climb and steady longer one. I've run a few hills in training but the East Yorkshire Wolds don't offer the constant undulations they have here. So considering that I was very happy to get through the whole race without too much slow down till the end. Aided by clement weather (but still got a bit of sunburn). Not a course for a PB unless your previous PB was on a tougher course, difficult conditions, or your in better condition than before previous PB
Oh and of course the scenery was top notch: lakeland, forest, pretty lakeside villages and more were all taken in.
Cheers, more of the same next year would be great! Date of review: May 21, 2007