In short: I love this race! In full: Despite being `injured`, I decided to do this race with a friend because I enjoyed it so much in 2010.
Lovely evening with the whole village out in the sun, watching whilst quaffing beer. I was suffering but you have to love the view of Bess` house on the way there and the crazy upflat to the halfway point.
Only down note was some old git at the end overtaking us and then saying that I ought to be `ashamed` of myself for being beaten by a V70, not jokingly. I pointed out that I was just jogging it to help my mate not racing having finished quite high up last year!!!
In short: Great location, tough race wth no sight of THE house!!! In full: Changeable weather kept us guessing!
A quick first k then a tough, grassy start to the 4k of climbing. Up on narrow paths and then wider tracks until you reach the lovely lake at the top and then down quickly for 3k. The final 1.5k are on estate roads.
Amazing location not fully taken advantage of. Very expensive with just a water bottle (useful though) as a reward but no organisational issues that abounded in 2010 apparently. Date of review: June 21, 2011
In short: Undulating 2 lap race around Dronfield In full: A local race for me. Lots of crowd support again which certainly helps, especially after hitting that long dragging hill. It makes a nice change to do a race that seems to be sold out weeks in advance but is not dominated by club athletes. Quite tough for beginners but a friendly event that brings locals out in force! Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: Nice jaunt around quiet lanes. In full: My first time at Norton. No real signage on the way even though it`s a bit in the in the middle of nowhere but clubby so maybe it`s assumed that everyone knows where it is.
Nice, quiet route though with a couple of drags but nothing severe and 2 water stations. Basic t-shirt and squash at the end which finishes with a little, sharp climb and 50 metres in a field.
In short: Early season PB possibility In full: Not flat really; gentle hill there and down on the way back, so good for speed. Well organised with an early start. Crowded right at the beginning but soon spread out. Hardly saw anybody not wearing a club vest around me saw a high quality field. T-shirt was fine and bottle of water from friendly helpers at the end. A credit to the town. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Very PBable if you kept training through December! In full: Enjoyed this last year and it seemed even better this time.
This year the race was well signposted and there was plenty of parking near to the village hall base.
A lttle bit of ice at the start but it soon thawed as we wove our way around the hamlets and country lanes. Just 2 water stations, one with bottles and the second with cups. Plenty of (expressionless) marshalls and signage for a smallish field mixed of good club athletes (including a fair few from Scotland), unaffiliated and `crazies` starting their New Year fitness regime in earnest.
Nice medal, drink and chocs at the end plus a PB for me for the second year running at Catforth! Not many quicker courses around in my opinion and so a good option for beginners or those looking for an early season time. Date of review: January 3, 2011
In short: a credit to Stockport Harriers In full: I thought it was a terrible course winding around housing estates, single file on busy roads but the country lane, park and track were nicer. Isn`t there a better place to run?
That said, the enthusiasm of the club and all the helpers make this a really fun race plus the great goody bag. Thank you Harriers! Date of review: December 13, 2010