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
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