In short: One of my favourite places to run. In full: I thought this race was better than my score might indicate. I didnt really notice the scenery en route but the surrounding fells are stunning, especially on this warm spring evening.
It is a bit hilly but coming down them, I really got into my stride and was flying, by my standards although the last climb was a challenge.
There were knots of spectators round the course who were enthusiastic. Un fortunately, running through the town centre, the local chavs were out. Strange how people who talk so much about "respect" have so little of it for others.
There were lots of marshalls but I didnt notice any mile markers. Fortunately it was a dry and bright eveing but if it had been cloudy and wet, Im sure many of us would have been finishing in the dark which could have been tricky with the amount of traffic and some tight bends.
No memento but for £3 you cant really expect any. Free tea or coffee and biscuits afterwards and hot showers.
My previous run in Keswick was the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in 2005 when we were blessed with similarly superb weather. I will be looking for more events there. Date of review: April 5, 2007
In short: Flat, fast but tight corners. In full: A good chance to get a quick time but a very convoluted route with some tight corners.
Few facilities. Toilet block welcome but I had to leave my bag at the drinks table. Most organisers seem to think that every runner has a car to lock their kit in. The memento was exceptional and the best thing about this race. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: I'll be back! In full: Had a case of runners trots so had to walk/jog the last 3 miles. Course not the swamp I had expected but then it had been dry. Fairly easy hills to start with but then a series of killer climbs around 10-12 miles.
Some people I spoke to thought that a memento would be nice for such a special event and would have gladly paid a formal entry fee rather than make a donation.
I don't usually run races more than once but I will do this one again and try to get it right. Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: Tough but well worth it. In full: Deep mud, killer hills and queues for the numerous gates in the first 3 miles. Cold, wet and windy so not much of a view from the top. Awesome marshalls, standing out in that weather and still being very encouraging. Great showers and changing rooms. Free tea, coffee and soup and home made cakes. Good T-shirt not included in the cost but you can't expect it with that entry fee. Well worth doing again, preferably at a walk on a nice summers day. Date of review: March 4, 2007
In short: A lovely way to spend a frosty winter morning. In full: A good varied course and an opportunity to try my new fell running shoes whgich easily coped with the mud and frosty grass. Only one really tough hill but we were rewarded with the sound of church bells as we headed down the other side.
Lack of distanc emarkers not a problem until I heard cheering towards the end only to find it was a football match and there was still half a mile to go.
Lovely hot showers and clean (before us!) changing rooms.
The coaster made a change although info on this site promised a horse brass. Perhaps I'll have to do it again next year. Date of review: February 6, 2007
In short: Could do better In full: A definite lack of toilets although having got my number, I went back and the queue had disappeared. The number of runners is an issue or rather the number of cars which narrowed the road to run on at the start and seemed to cause a lot of congestion. It's a good course with only the first hill much of a problem but then I didn't really have time to warm up. Annoyed to hear an announcement about showers after I had changed. No signs to them that I saw. Could do with better catering, there seemed to be mostly non-runners in the queue so I went to a cafe-bar near the station. Wouldn't do it again because I always want to try different events but I would recommend it to others, just leave plenty of time to get to the toilets. Date of review: December 31, 2006
In short: A tough race although it's deceptively easy for the first couple of miles. Very hard once the climb kicks in, especially in todays hot weather. In full: It's a challenging course. OK for beginners if they realise and jog round but it could be off-putting.
There were only two drink stations and some of the road junctions could have been a bit hairy. Also few entries this year so long spells of running alone.
I don't expect I'll do it again but that's only because I want to keep doing different events. Date of review: July 2, 2006