In short: Excellent little race In full: I entered this at the last minute, and im really glad i did. Not the most scenic of courses in places, but hey I guess thats daventy. The A roads on the way back into the finish just made the corse quicker in my book. A few good rural hills thrown in the middle made it a excellent local race for a sunday morning. The yellow t-shirt has helped keep me safe on winter nights too! Date of review: March 31, 2006
In short: Fantastic, again! In full: My second time here at ashby, and on both occasions its been great. Started on time, loads of drinks, what seemed like hundreds of marshalls and helpers all of which added up to clockwork organisation. one for 2007 I think. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Disappointing, again. In full: After the absolute cock up in 2006, im afraid to say that I didnt think that this year was much better considering the organisers employed a team of runners to help plan things. My main gripe last year was that having put lots of effort into the first 5m of the 10k, i then came to a virtual standstill over the last mine trying to get through the slow starters of the 15m event. From what I saw, the same problem occurred again this year. The course was however very nice. It is described in the write up as undulating, but it was certainly much hillier that I expected. The mile markers were completely out which could have caused a little confusion.
As far as the water stations running out of water for the 15m runners goes, this was probably cos nearly all of the 10k runners that I was running with took water on board at mile 1 which Id say depleted the supplies for those needing it more in the longer race.
Sadly after telling myself last year that I wouldnt enter the 2006 event I did so. There is so much that could be done to improve this race. Il be going elsewhere next year for sure. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Good effort, could try harder. In full: Second time here for me, and all in all a pretty good race. The best pre-race info pack ive received in a very long time. The car park was somewhat further away from the start this year which was a bit of a pain, the other car park they gave us the option of using was 2.5m away!
Lots of shouts from marshalls saying 'keep left or you will be disqualified' at the begininng. Im not sure about that.... if they start the race on such narrow roads then do they expect people to be only two abreast? No i dont think so.
Saw lots of people with commemorative souvenir tumblers, sadly I had to make do with the crappy t-shirt.
Offered good views of the Hemel Hempstead oil fire. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: already booked time off work for 2006! In full: You will not find a better race of any distance in this country, or probably anywhere else come to mention it. The only 'must-do' race in my calendar, and the often poor weather just adds to the experience!
In short: not bad In full: This is a good race, ideally for 1000 max runners though. if the organisers want it to be a big race with lots of entries, then they really have got to have a start that is suitable. far too crampt for the first mile. nice hilly course, a little rural and a little through a housing estate. excellent finish in the grounds of the castle. overall good, but the course has got to be changed slightly if they want to keep on attracting more runners. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Crackin! In full: First time here at Ashby, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! A superb challenging rural course, although I think somebody made the hills steeper on the 2nd lap, or was it just me...
Fantastic marshalling, was greeted in the carpark by about 20 young army cadets all wishing me a good race.
It said in the programme that the drinks stations would be water and sponges, but to my surprise and appreciation they handed out much needed isotonic on the 2nd lap (thankyou!)
Excellent preparation for london, I think if u can manage 20m here then 26 on the new sleek and flat FLM course should be managable.
Lovely race, this is what its all about I think. Well done Ivanhoe, and i'll see you all next year, and hopefully 4 mins quicker to brake 3hrs! Date of review: March 13, 2005
In short: in one word, a disaster! In full: This is my 5th year at the Daffodil race, and i certainly wont be entering again. Start delayed for the 2nd year. Good idea for an aerobics session beforehand, but shame we had to spend 20 mins standing in the biting wind after he had finished warming us all up! Tannoy unhearable, and positioned as far as possible from the start line! Nice challenging course, but thats about it imm afraid. I trained loads for this event, and worked hard for the first 5 miles but as Justin says the last 1000m was a joke. As I came through the courtyard at the top of the hill, I had to nearly stop as I thought I had gone the wrong way. A member of the public obviously noticed my confusion and directed me among the dwindling half-marathoners for my final 800m to the finish. Having tried to work my way though the conjested finish straight, I gave up not wanting to barge through and upset those running in memory of people that they had lost through cancer. I have no idea what time I finished in, probably well outside the 42mins I was well on track for until the end.
Oh, and they didnt even give me a goody bag or medal for my efforts!
I think in future I'll just donate a tenner to the charity as opposed to entering the race!
Id say that the only thing I cant blame on the organisers is the blister on my big toe. Date of review: February 27, 2005