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
In short: Quick course raced by lots of very good runners In full: My ratings are a mix because I like this race but there was a cock-up which affected my result and this surprised me from an event and a club (Preston) with good reputations. I thought we`d been sent a wrong (longer) way on the first lap and that fear proved founded resulting in me missing a PB by a few seconds. Disappointing outcome on a perfect day for racing.
In short: Undulating start but a quick course In full: Enjoyed it last year so I came back for more!
Well organised and they used the Halloween theme to good effect culminating in a nice t-shirt (in a sparse goody bag). Love the finish with the downhill and great support. Most of the marshalls were good too. Another PB for me, as I did last year too!
In short: Speedy course around Stanley Park In full: I guess the use of the athletics track means that the cost of the race was higher than average for a race with no medal or t-shirt and certainly helps the times having a track to start and finish on. The goody bag contained very little really but the event was well organised. Marshalls were friendly and encouraging whilst the flat course offered a great chance to PB (I did!). I would do this race again but only really if I was chasing a time. Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: Great debut for this race! In full: The weather was that bad that I rang up the organisers to see if it was still on!
I knew it was pretty flat and quick but there were plenty of `professional` surprises; lots of signage, good base at the Youth Club, an abundance of cheerful helpers, bottled water at stations, a loud welcome at the finish and a really top goody bag including a much better than the norm t-shirt. And somehow I squeaked a PB!
Hepworth looked like a lovely village and I hope that this event is held again next year and is rewarded with better weather! Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: A great event In full: This was my first marathon and it was quite a testing course.
I agree with comments others have made suggesting a split start as the half`ers really got in the way as did the weaving relay runners during a chaotic first 6 miles or so. Also the tight turns, switchbacks, canal paths and the soul destroying Pierrepoint section made it a tough `part 2` added to by the warm weather in Nottingham. That said, the crowd support was great and the supplies of water and Lucozade were in abundance and there was plenty for the family to do back at the race base whilst I toiled for 4 hours in the sun!
Although it is quite expensive (especially if you bought a t-shirt), the goody bag, support and medal were befitting of the event and the RHM is a credit to its city. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: A hilly tour of countryside near Chesterfield In full: So long as you`re fit enough to get up the 3 miles of progressive hills in decent shape, you`re rewarded with some flat and plenty of steady downhills (I ran the second half of the race 4 minutes quicker than the first!).
The marshalls were really encouraging on a nasty weather day and the t-shirt given to finishers was high quality. A really nice race. Date of review: August 29, 2010
In short: Riverside bargain In full: I didn`t receive much in the way of instructions or directions after entering (through RW) and it was a very local race with a field consisting largely of athletes from local clubs.
The route followed the river down a lovely leafy track before a mile or so on the with a bit of a hill. Then it returned to country tracks and paths with a really quick downhill section and then you rejoin the river path back.
There were plenty of water stations and the marshalls were quite encouraging. However, at the finish one was rude to my wife which spoilt our experience somewhat.
The race was inexpensive to enter but a medal was given plus a t-shirt (albeit from a previous, New Year, event.) I would consider doing this again in the future. Date of review: August 2, 2010
In short: Undulating run out to Hardwick Hall and back In full: A bit of a gem this one!
Lots of Pilsley village seemed to be out watching the race that involved about 130 runners. The vast majority of competitors were in clubs but there were a few brave souls from the village competing aswell.
The route climbs out of Pilsley for the first mile before dipping and then a huge climb upto the beautiful Hardwick Hall. Coming back meant trotting back down the hill them a steady climb before a fast finish in the village.
Lots of support and plenty of folk out on the route offering cups of water plus a nice medal for finishing. A lovely way to spend a Thursday evening. Date of review: July 16, 2010