In short: Good club race, no rip off entry fee! In full: Done this twice before in 1991 and 1997, so knew roughly what to expect. Well organised, quiet roads, testing but enjoyable course. Sat Nav took me straight to the venue, but could do with signs to start, finish etc.. Will be back for more next year! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: PB potential, expensive race. In full: 290 mile round trip for me, always fancied doing this race since I started in 1981! I have organised many races over the last 25 years, so I am aware of what is involved, kudos to the organisers, all smooth, from the car parking to T shirt collection. Quick results too.
Managed to start near the front, so no issue there, for those further back, perhaps a problem to see the actual start line.
I do think it is overpriced though, I would expect bottled water at the finish nowadays and perhaps chip timing. Decent prize list, my wife picked up £30 of vouchers for 1st F60, very welcome, many races do not do vets prizes in that depth. A lot of comments on Garmins on forums etc. please do not expect your Garmns to be 100% accurate, I have measured courses for 20+ years, I use one as a guide, they very rarely agree with the actual course measurers figures. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Overpriced, poor prize list. In full: First the good points, it was well marshaled from the village to the parking area, the course was well marshaled except for the last turn where my wife took control to stop runners going wrong. PB potential without the wind!
I have organised races for 25 years and know the costs and organisation involved. £11.00 for club runners is way too high for the cost of a T shirt and a very small prize lists, I can order 250 T shirts for £3.00 quid or so.
Why was there no coffee/tea etc for sale in the hall, it has all the facilities to do this, a good earner too, some home made cakes etc, simple. I bring my own flask, drink etc, but people expect have the option to buy refreshments nowadays. I would have to think long and hard about doing this race again. Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Great Race In full: Great race, superb scenery, fantastic weather, smooth organisation, fantastic cakes. We will be back next year! Spent the following week nearby and the weather remained excellent, a great omen :-) Date of review: May 2, 2010
In short: A Classic event In full: Been doing this since the early 80s, COH always serve up a challenging course! Good value, unlike some of the overpriced big city events, will always support this event. Results out very quick. Minor gripe is the 10 year age groups on results, should really be standardised for stats etc. See you all next year!! Date of review: February 1, 2010
In short: Cracking new race In full: Fast PB course, very good organisation, you can tell it was organised by runners! Mile marks in correct places, quick results and good prizes. A bit expensive to enter though, or am I a tight tw**!! Look forward to it next year in the summer Date of review: December 19, 2009
In short: Definite PB course on a good day In full: Start delayed by 10 minutes perhaps due to car parking problems and a lot of late entries, perhaps make it pre entry only for next year. I didnt notice start problems, as I was only 3 seconds crossing the start line. Somebody in an earlier rating post mentioned only one mile mark being out. My Garmin 205 clocked them all well out by up to 0.2 of a mile, massive amount, only accurate one I clocked was 9 miles, other club member with Garmins agreed with this. Organisation seemed smooth, no queue for chip, results up very quick and on the net by tea time. I will be back next year. Date of review: November 30, 2009
In short: Cracking run, superb views In full: Good conditions, sunny and cold, bit breezy, fine in road shoes, most clocked the distance at around 9.5, but worth 10+!! All hills are runnable, pleased to clock 69.29, will be back next year to run harder now I know what to expect :-) Could do with a course profile, I had read about the early hills, but the one at 8 miles + was a real surprise. It would be useful to have this one on the Sunday and the Coniston 14 the following Saturday, so I could take in both in a weeks holiday, Coniston was the day before, although some hard core did both!! Tea and coffee at the end most welcome!! Date of review: April 3, 2009