In short: Real running revelling reliance In full: Easy parking, plenty of space to change, easy access to a well-organised start line, superb marshalls and a splendid course (and I should know, I was on it longer than most people!). A great race, topped by really friendly people, good chat on the way round and a fantastic long-sleeved fashionable t-shirt at the finish. Well Done Bolsover! Date of review: December 19, 2008
In short: Great arce, shame about the start and finish In full: Generally lovely, shame it took 25 mins for the police to clear the roads (plus 90 mins from whent eh roads closed!). Also rather chaotic medal/t-shirt collections.
However, well organised race, friendly marshalls (including the ones I didn't know!) and great crowds. Good quality t-shirt and attractive medal! Date of review: March 30, 2008
In short: Great Run! In full: We arrived, we parked easily, we froze, we found a loo without a queue, we started. The marshalls were all very friendly and helpful, the finish was clear, well organised and efficient, the long-sleeved t-shirt fitted and is comfortable and fashionable. What more can I say? See you next year! Date of review: December 16, 2007
In short: Opps! Didn't do it! In full: I entered, paid, and got up early... unfortunately a problem with my internal plumbing and a visit to the Doctor meant I couldn't run, but I went anyway and still had a lovely time. The organisation seemed good, there was plenty to do and the offer of chocolate tiffin? Wow! I was still offered a goody bag which contained a lovely t-shirt, tonnes of chocolate, drinks and pasta, though I felt wrong to accept considering the looks on the runners' faces!
Definitely would like to do it properly next year! Date of review: November 4, 2007
In short: Hard work but well-worth it In full: This is a great run if you want to test yourself properly! The Ducks & Drakes run is just short of 10 miles and "I will today mostly be running through long grass, cowdung and brambles". Great! The locals were extremely friendly, the marshalls fantastic. Even to the point where I hadn't realised I was last until seeing the man running behind me shouting directions was a marshall! I did finish last but so what?! Didn't matter, still a crowd and tannoy welcome at the finish. Only pity was no glasses this year ;-(
In short: Great race In full: Despite the two long, challenging hills, it was, again, a most pleasant race. Made even better by the fact that I won a spot prize worth £15 which turned into three new pairs of socks! Much better than last year, especially with kinder weather! Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Expensive but good In full: The race was a gem, organisation excellent and the atmosphere very good. But why they have to charge so much I'm not sure. Maybe because it's the Council? Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: Great day out In full: Well organised, and no worries with the slippery muddy cross country section. The mile markers at 1 and 2 were 300 or more yards short, but not a huge concern. The new finish line was good too. Thanks to Vicky and Jo who kept me going! Date of review: February 26, 2007