In short: Glad I knew it was not `flat` In full: Last minute decision for me to enter this very local 10k held in a park that I run in every week. Lots of smiley helpers and marshalls oversaw a great turnout for a race on an extremely cold day. Calling it `flat` was certainly misleading and the RW rubric did say a t-shirt plus a medal, but you had to pay extra for the former. Expensive but a good cause and the other goodies were of quality and appreciated. Great location and I`m glad the weather was relatively favourable because, if it was wet, there would have been problems. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Great course for a negative split In full: Really well organised and plenty of quality runners chasing the prizes. It does seem to be slightly uphill heading out and the wind this year didn`t help, but it sure seems quicker for the second 5k. Also it is very flat for that part of the world to be fair. Nice t-shirt again and all the helpers and marshalls did Dewsbury proud. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Views over 5 counties! In full: I thought I could see the Angel of the North at one point!?
The whole (postcard) village seem to contribute to this event. Excellent signage and no problem with the distance from the base to the car parks (a mile). Excellent officials and plenty for the family to do while they wait (park and shops open).
The run was a tough one; don`t think I`ve felt that tired after just 3 miles of running, and then you realise that you`ve another 10 to do! I`d like to see my splits as I suspect they ranged from sub 7 m/m to 10 or 11s! 3 slow, 7 quick and then another slow 3 at the end.
An achievement just to finish this one and I`m just glad that the weather was so kind today! Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: The start of the Guild series In full: It sounds like a lot of runners missed out on this one as there ended up being a big waiting list so I`m glad I got in.
The weather was kind and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the park was not being from the area.
It was a decent course, point-to-point, in parks and riverbank paths but the start was very congested and lots of runners had put themselves too close to the front. The narrow paths in the first k made overtaking alomost impossible. However, once through that, the race became a lot quicker and thankfully it was chip-timed.
There was a fair amount of support and the marshalls were cheerful plus there was a nice tech t-shirt in the goody bag at the end.
I`ve done lots of races but this was my first 5k. Although it didn`t feel like a `special` event (as you`d hope with the Guild year only occuring every 2 decades), I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the remaining 3 races. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: To the windmill `n` back! In full: It is a shame that the base is at the fire station a fair old hike from the start and also that there`s the double lap of the car park to begin the race but, when you`ve got to grips with those facts, it`s a really nice race!
This year the weather was glorious meaning quite a few specatators to add to the numerous marshalls lining the course. A fair mix of runners and a decent shot at a PB if you could get in a group on the second half of the race with a headwind to contend with.
No medal or t-shirt but a bargain fee with a sweet-toothed goody bag and lots to refuel on at the end of the race, unless you`ve `walked off the course`! Date of review: March 18, 2012
In short: Great weather with the whole village watching or running?! In full: Hilly start then a long steady k downhill where you can pick up some time before the mile drag up. The uphill is met twice but it still catches a fair few folk out.
Really well organised with plenty of marshalls from the Scouts and two drinks stations this time which you pass on both laps. With the georgeous weather, I`m sure plenty of runners will have appreciated the water!
Great local race which deservedly sells out year after year! Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: bigger field this year . . In full: but still went smoothly.
Weather was tricky with wind and hale during first hour. Most marshalls were good but there were only 2 water stations (4.5 and 10)with small water bottles.
It is certainly a fast course although the wind made me notice inclines more than I had done in previous years! However, I`m quite chuffed that I got a PB at Catforth for the third year running, this time by 3 seconds!
A very doable course with a decent range of abilities. Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: Loved it! In full: Re-visited this race having done it as a beginner 2 years ago after being given a number last minute by a friend.
Parking in a muddy field is a pain but it is very rural (thanks to everyone who pushed us out at the end!!!). The start is very narrow and congested but, after that, you get the stunning view down the lake from the dam! This year there was a lot of support and a decent mix of runners although it is very popular with clubs in Wales,Midlands and the North West.
Water was in bottles and I appreciated the jelly baby station too. Nice medal although it was just handed to you wrapped up rather than ready to wear but that`s nit-picking.
No PB but close despite limited training. I`ll be back! Date of review: September 13, 2011