In short: It's as hard as you need to be to do it In full: Excellent, well organised race by very friendly people. Great marshalls and plenty of water stops with jelly babies! The route is seriously hard with lots of hills and long straight countryside lanes, but if you want a long run, that's what you get! Well done Stamford! Date of review: February 15, 2010
In short: Glorious! In full: I'm in two minds about this race. One says that the 10k was always great and should return next year; the loudest voice in my head (I won't say how many voices there are!) says to keep it at 11k. What a lovely distance! The organisation was utterly flawless, save possibly for there being no heating in the ancient castle. The start was close by, parking good, baggage perfect, and the marshalls were as friendly as they ever could be without getting arrested for other crimes. The t-shirt awarded at the finish was worthy and practical, even the wtaer tasted sweet! Well done to NDRC for yet another great race! Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Lovely race In full: Spoilt only by the weather, this was a great race. Playfully undulating and with friendly marshalls braving the rain, ever ready to cheer some words of encouragement. Well organised and well worth the pain! Date of review: November 29, 2009
In short: Beastky hills and glorious views In full: A bog standard, well organised run. Pity they ran out of water for slower runners at the 10 mile mark... meant I had to run 6 miles with no fluids which really hurt! Lovely t-shirt, great atmosphere! Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: Hilly as a Himalayan In full: but lovely. Very friendly marshalls and supporters, the route was clear, well posted and a great reception at the finish. Plus a lovely mug and good t-shirts for sale.
The cake stand deserves it's own paragraph. Well well well... if I burnt 600 calories running, this certainly tempted me back to the dark (chocolate) side!
Thanks to all, see you next year! Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Glorious In full: A well organised race with friendly people and a lovely course set in beautiful forest. The track was all tarmac-under-tree and playfully undulating. The "momento" - half a tonne of sculptured glass - wow! Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: Great Race! In full: I'll put this simply... I beat my 10k Season's Best by 4 mins and ran faster and more comfortably today than at any time in the last 3 years! Support and organisation were excellent and the effectsof the weather were only mild..! Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Perfect summer Sunday X-C trot In full: I've been injured and needed to continue my rehab with a relatively easy "jog in the park". This wasn't it. This was much more fun! Take an old-school cross country route - edges of farmers' fields, ditches, rickety bridges, long tracks - and mix with a hot sunny Sunday morning, and top it off with a pint in the pub - free for all finishers. Wahoo! The organisation was good, we moaned a teedly bit about the car park being 1/2 mile away, but the village was so small that 50 cars would have blocked the route! Marshalls were plentiful enough and extremely friendly and helpful. And the free pint? 'fraid it had to be a shandy as I was driving home afterwards! I really do hope to try this again next year, and with a bit of luck, I'll beat some people too! Date of review: August 23, 2009
In short: RW said it was flat/undulating? ha! More like the Sound of Music! In full: Some organisational hitches (ie I didn't see the start line when running past it) but the marshalls were exceptionally friendly and full of cheer, especially as it drizzled/rained most of the time. Good finish, lovely course; nice touch with the free gels and drinks! Date of review: July 26, 2009