In short: Great idea, just a few organisational niggles. Boring in the middle In full: Generally good, and no malice intended when I say it could have been better organised. The route was great, the buses to/from the start/finish excellent and the marshalling excellent. An almighty screw up meant two faster "pens" left behind mine so loads of pushing and overtaking in the first few miles although it didn't really affect me personally. The cost was steep though the t-shirt and medal very good quality. It's a race that could do VERY well - even increase to 10 or 15,000 runners if they can get it right (and use both sides of the road). A guaranteed PB for a first-distance but I also beat a 12 year old PB for 15 miles! Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Hills? They weren't, they were just lumpy bits! In full: Lovely race and for a relatively new one, well organised. Nothing went wrong and the overall feel was very good. The pre-race blurb and chat kept mentioning two monster hills - even the elevation graph got me worried - and all we got was 1/2 mile of playful incline! nothing really bad, it didn't drag on anything like as advertised! Bit cheeky of the photographer to camp at the top of the second one, though it may have made a few people up their work rate at the crest! Great race, lovely route, my fastest 1/2 for 4 years, see you next year!
PS. Whoever thought of a sign saying "the sweep vehicle is catching you" and one "you won't get a PB here" - halfway up a hill - deserves a smack! Date of review: March 7, 2010
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