In short: Superbly organised event that is a model for others to follow. Challenging course. In full: First time at this event and thoroughly recommend it to anyone provided you have done the distance training and are used to hills. First 10 miles quite easy, then it is up and down for 3 miles with a final tough climb to the finish. Superb organisation, well marked course, fantastic and supportive marshalls, lovely cakes, great medal and 'goodie bag' and to add to it all, a very scenic course in a beautiful location. What more does one need? An inspiration to anyone to get out there and run. Should be in top 10 UK events. Well done to all the organisers and their helpers. Refreshments at the end in the Registration area would be a great bonus. otherwise, no fault with anything. Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: Nice scenery, challenging race, good marshalling In full: A nice area to run and the first time i've been in the area. Will be back! It was the 1st time as a 10 miles race. Well Marshalled and quite good organisation, although agree with comments about lack of signs to start and loos by the start, which had no queues! Good to have them, but with signs, this could have reduced queues inside and reduced the frustration to some! Medal was advertised, but a nice, decent fitting t-shirt was welcome as a prize. However, i do agree with other comments that the 'goodie' bag was pointless as it was just full of leaflets that went straight to recycling. This is a sore point for a lot of participants at various events, as it would be better and certainly encourage more participants if the entry fee of some events was reduced and a medal or other useful mementoe was given for finishing.
The course was a delight as it had plenty of off-road sections with a tough climb to start and a couple of smaller ascents during the race and some good descents. Signage and marshalling were very good. I was somewhat dismayed by the amount of 'road' that we had to run on as i had assumed from the pre-race advertising that it was almost entirely off-road. In fact, this was probably about only 60% of the route. It could potentially be a key feature on race calendars if some of the 'minor' issues are addressed in a positive manner. This is not a criticism, just constructive feedback that will hopefully help the organisers improve the race for the future. It would be shame if it didn't continue as i'd like to return.
Many thanks to all the organisers, marshalls and helpers. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Superb weather & nice scenery In full: Well organised event, although let down by the merging of the 'fun' runners at approx. 4 miles. This caused a lot of congestion as most seemed unaware of faster Half Marathon runners coming through and spread out across the route making it very difficult to pass in places with on-coming traffic aswell! Suggestion; perhaps start the 'fun' runners at least 30 mins BEFORE the Half M runners OR after them. Alternatively, ask the Marshalls to ensure that 'fun' runners are kept to one side of the route and enforce this. Otherwise, nice scenery on quiet back roads with a few 'challenging' climbs which doesn't make it PB potential. Thanks to all involved in organising and managing the event. Well done in such cold weather. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Scenic, challenging, rewarding race. Well organised. In full: Thanks to the organisers, helpers, etc for laying on a superb race. Very tough in places, but fab scenery and long flat sections between hard hills. I did the event for the first time 10 years ago. It was just as good back then, though not as many people. I'll be back. Thanks again all involved. Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: A fine race, good marshalling, nice prizes, etc. In full: I did the long race again this year after several years absence. Having now done it 5 times, this is an event that continues to prove challenging, yety rewarding with a great atmosphere and very supportive organisers and supporters. Just one question, which i've never found an answer for, why is the main race at 2pm & the short race at mid morning? Surely it would make sense to reverse the race start times. Just a thought. Overwise, i urge anyone who hasn't done the event to do so at least once. Date of review: August 26, 2008
In short: Challenging, scenic course. Just needs slight refinements In full: As a well established club runner & competitor of many years, i rate this as one of the most scenic and challenging runs that i've done. Superb weather added to the general good feeeling about the event. A few slight tweaks in terms of organisation will make this a great event. The car park and start areas will need to be addressed if the race grows, as will the direction signs. However, this affects most event organisers for new events, even those that i've been involved in. Many thanks to organisers & volunteers for all their hard work and the fantastic cakes afterwards! I look forward to next year's race. Date of review: November 26, 2007
In short: Scenic, twisting, rural, flat course In full: Well organised, but let down by missing route markers on at least 2 key points. Entry goes to very good cause. Nice, local event that is good for beginners at this distance. Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Good organisation, tough climbs, a bit expensive In full: First time at this event. I recommend it to anyone; serious and fun runners. I've done most of the 'mad' events with enticing names and rate this as being one of the top events of its type. Organisers could dispense with the theatrics at the start. Silly and potentially hazardous with the smoke in a mass start. The 3 miles of flat tracks from the start was a welcome warm-up for the hills. I've done most of the course in the Adventure race series, so was well aware of what to expect. Give it a shot, you'll be glad that you did. Date of review: November 2, 2005