In short: Do This Race! In full: Well worth getting organised to do this race. Lowther/Haweswater valley is slightly off the beaten track (but only slightly) and is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. The organisation/marshalling etc was perfect, and the "hills" were more like steady inclines - I reckon if you trained on similar inclines you could probably get quite close to a PB on this course! Now I have a "course PB" I deffo intend to come back in the future :o) Date of review: March 3, 2008
In short: Perfect Day In full: If you want a flat fast course for a PB, this is the one! Mostly quiet, scenic country lanes, so catch the weather right (cool, sunny, light breeze) and this becomes THE PERFECT half-mara :o) Easy car-parking, well marshalled, 3 water-stops (at 4, 7 & 10 miles), small number of (but encouraging) spectators, results up quickly... the list of plus-points goes on and on... I'll definitely be back.
In short: One To Keep Coming Back To In full: 3 laps of scenic little leafy park. Good for spectators. Organisation obviously down to a fine art. Will probably do this several times a year from now on! Date of review: January 23, 2008
In short: Perfect As A First Fell-Race In full: Well-designed course - plenty of variations of surroundings/terrain/slope. Mostly very runnable (except for VERY steep, but thankfully short, section up the side of Lees Hill!). I was one of the several runners who missed an un-marshalled sharp right turn of the marked way, and ended up taking an unscheduled diversion - it was all part of the fun though! Very well organised (other than the above minor glitch) by NorthernBoysLoveGravy who are all very friendly/welcoming. I did my first fell-race about a year ago, and over the last 12 months I've done several of the shorter/less extreme races, and I would say that the Gravy Pud is the one I would most recommend as a first fell-race. Date of review: December 3, 2007
In short: Lived Up To Expectations In full: My first "LakeV", and highly doubt it will be my last! Glorious scenery; the middle 11 miles are pancake-flat; the organisation perfect; can't recommend this race highly enough :o) Date of review: September 11, 2007
In short: Bound To Become More Popular In full: Easy Parking on field; Easy Registration at pub; pleasant country lanes, plus added bonus of running alongside Second Runway watching planes taking-off(!) and running under said runway via the HUGE River Bollin tunnel(!!); mostly tarmac, but with a few bits of trail and grassy path thrown in for good measure; course probably a little long (about 5.3M according to my calculations); I even managed to run the equivalent pace of a 5M PB :) well-marshalled; results & photos both up very quickly. Date of review: September 11, 2007
In short: It's PB-tastic Mate! In full: Couple of minor inclines plus some flat promenade make for a fast course - scenic too, with views of the estuary and nice wooded bit through park. EXTRAORDINARILY well organised/marshalled etc, plus results and photos both available very quickly. Big thanks to Penny Lane Striders!
In short: Popular For A Reason In full: Faultless organisation, results up VERY quickly. Inexpensive entry. Traffic-free course within park. Track start/finish. Positively ENCOURAGE beginners to enter. Flat as pancake, so high PB Potential. Alright, it's somewhat of a twisty/turny course, and the non-tarmac bits can be a bit loose/muddy in places, but you might as well just run the whole 5k on a track if you're really THAT bothered! The multi-mini-laps are also good for spectating, as if you stand near the middle of the "figure of 8" there will always be SOMEBODY going past in one direction or another!
In short: Great "Entry Level" Fell race In full: Easy registration at pub; 700ft climb in first 1.6M; 1.75M undulating on top; 1.9M downhill (WHOA!), so perfect mix of fell-racy-type running, without being too challenging for those unused to such rigours. AWESOME views over Lancs, Gtr Manchester and Cheshire - there's a reason they put all those masts on Winter Hill, you know! Date of review: June 22, 2007
In short: Great For Kids In full: Bruntwood Park - June 17th 2007 Lady Slugge & I took our 2 boys (aged 7 and 4) round, and they both enjoyed it very much. Very cute to see them with race numbers pinned on, and with medals/bottles of water at the finish! Bruntwood Park absolutely ideal for this sort of event (easily reached, scenic and large kiddies play area for before/after). SUPERB organisation by Manchester Harriers - they'll even be issuing full results on their website, so can show the littluns their names in lights on t'internet!