In short: AWESOME Organisation In full: Shame about the weather, but even that couldn't put a dampener on this splendid race. Car Park was full (but my fault for being a bit late), but plenty of parking nearby; Great start on the track, with PA commentary; Plenty of cheery marshals all the way round; Nicely undulating course, although a bit more residential/main roady than I normally do; Bizarre goody bag, highlight of which was a vegan gingerbread woman (I'm not making this up); I even won a spot prize! Definitely going to be a regular fixture on my running calendar.
In short: A Grand Day Out In full: Impossible to imagine a nicer road route anywhere in England. STAGGERING scenery, especially from the "high road" looking out over the lake and across to Walla Crag etc. The "big hill" itself (between miles 5 and 6) was not too bad, even for someone like me who is not overly used to such "undulations"! Great to start from the main square in Keswick town centre and nice finishing straight in front of the school. Splendid positioning of the official photographer at the top of the big hill, so as to catch everybody looking their best (NOT!) Not too many supporters around the course, but those there were, were enthusiastic/vocal enough. No medal/memento of any sort - but think this is intentional as part of the "no frills" ethos of the race.
This is one race that I intend to come back to as many times as possible in future years... Date of review: November 6, 2006
In short: Deserves Wider Recognition In full: Superb race. Spot-on organisation: easy car-parking, registration, marshalling, hot showers and refreshments at finish. Lovely undulating course mainly along quiet country lanes.
No idea why this race isn't more popular (only 150 finishers last 2 years) - maybe the club like it that way, but I'll definitely be back, and would advise anyone else to join me! Date of review: September 25, 2006
In short: Already Looking Forward To Next Year! In full: Easy parking & registration. Nice atmosphere around start. SUPERB route - flattish up the valley, more undulating on way back. Fantastic views of the hills/reservoirs. Friendly marshals. Water station at half-way.
Only (very) minor gripe was the lack of mile markers.
Didn't even mind the lack of changing/showering facilites - seemed in-keeping with the "low key" atmosphere (just turn up and run).
Went for picnic with family down by Bottoms Reservoir afterwards...
In short: Everything A Race Should Be (Except The Showers!) In full: Loved everything about this race. Short whizz around the M60 to get there. Easy parking on school premises. Quick/easy registration in sports hall. Convenient start on playing field, with 1 lap of 400m on grass. Great "undulating" course with good mix of road and trail. Good marshalling. Nice weather (always helps). Only quibble was the SCALDING hot showers (surely against Health and Safety!).
Would definitely do this one again - thoroughly recommended! Date of review: May 2, 2006
In short: Great First Half In full: Nice country lanes, only minor undulations. Pleanty of spectators over first/last half-mile, and a few enthusiastic groups dotted along route. Well marshalled, drinks stations etc. Small quibble was the queue for the loos (took me 20 mins, and nearly missed the start!). Only took 30mins to get off car-park afterwards, which I thought was quite good considering. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Worth The Trip In full: My first ever race, and worth the drive from Manchester. Well organised/marshalled, water-station at half-way. Starts/ends in town area, with lovely scenic middle section. Two steep drop/climb sections (I HATE hills!) kiboshed any chance of a PB. Nice day out for family also. Lovely pub with scenic view on route of race, was re-visited for after-race refuelling! Date of review: January 11, 2006
In short: Worth Travelling To In full: I live in Manchester, so it was a long journey to get to Chasewater (and I only just made it in time!), but it was well worth the trip. This was only my second ever race, but I had done my homework, wanting a fairly flat, fairly scenic course and this was PERFECT. A few gentle undulations to keep it from being boringly flat - definite PB potential, although I was actually pretty slow, but I'm blaming that on the hot/sunny weather! Oganisation was good - lack of changing rooms/showers was the only gripe. Took wrong turn at one point due to lack of steward at a dubious fork in the path. Nice picnicky day out for the family as well. Date of review: January 11, 2006