In short: Would I do it again? yes, yes, yes, yes, year in, year out, every time for me. In full: Absolutely brill race. The race is always superbly organised by Brian P & his team. The marshals are really friendly, all the locals come out to help & support you, loads of showers on route to cool you down. Lots of support along the way. Brill commentary from Andy O. In all - this is one of the racing highlights of the year for a lot of people. This is why it gets full quite early. Date of review: June 25, 2009
In short: Water stations & support excellent. Prizes dreadful, cheapskates In full: This race report is for the 2008 race.
The support & the water stations were excellent & cannot be faulted, as was the scenery. The water was in bottes too, but....
The last 0.1 (ish) of this race finishes ona rugby pitch which was really hard to run on as it was full of holes.
When you finished the race you were funnelled through & could go & get a bottle of water & were told to move away from the area. There was someone there handing out slate coasters to certain people, I later found out that you had to pre-pay for one of these. One man in front of me, picked one up & promptly had it taken from him & was told that he could not have one as he hadn't paid for one. One lady in our group HAD paid for one, but was told she could not have one, she said she was taking one a she had paid for it. The actual prizes were a joke too, they only awarded the FIRST man & FIRST woman, then first in each vet category, nothing for 2nd or 3rd. The actual prizes were all the same too, they won what looked like a photocopied picture of Derwentwater, the except that the 1st man & womans were in cheap black frames. Oh... & the first man was actually a V40 & they gave him the prize for this too. which I have seen before, but in this instance, it was exactly the same cheap picture & the winner didn't want it so he tried to find the details for the next V40 who came 4th. Then they had the cheek to say that the coasters were still available for sale at a cost £3.00 on a first come first served basis.
The entry on the day for this race was £13.00. I know I could have saved money by pre-entering, but I didn't know until the day before that I was going to have a go at it.
In short: I was a spectator, having done the FLM the week before, but whole day was fantastic, from the organising of the event to the kiddies races, All in a perfect setting. I will be recommending these races to my club mates. Date of review: April 29, 2007