In short: Got a PB, but the finish area & organisation was abysmal!! In full: I got a PB, finished in 3hrs 10mins 16 seconds. Was well chuffed. However, if the 'marathon' had actually been 26.2 miles instead of 26.3 miles, I would have broken 3hrs 10mins. Now thats incompetence of the highest order on the organisers behalf. And there are hundreds of people in the same boat as me who measured it at greater than 26.2 miles!
The race itself, well average iam afraid. Started in the city, finished in the middle of knowhere. Surely it has to be the other way round? There were long long stretches of well, nobody. Family friends etc couldnt even get near to the finish area! The wife summed it up as a spectator that Edinburgh marathon was by far the worst event to attend for a spectator and we've done loads up and down the country and overseas. I wont even go into the finish area, family reunion, buses back to the city debacle. I felt totaly underwhelmed at the end, this just after producing the performance of my running life. I suggest the organisers visit the Robin Hood Festival of running in Nottingham to see how a big city race is organised.
In short: Very friendly, well organised picture-esque race. In full: You cant fail to enjoy this race it has just about everything you would want from a locally organised event. The route is challenging but spectacular, what more could you ask for than finishing a run in glorious sunshne along Baslow, curbar then Froggat edge! Serious hill training required beforehand but this shouldnt put anyone off as the race is extremley rewarding. Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: A Superb race in a Superb City! In full: A fantasic day made all the more special by a superbly organised event. The army of volunteers were incredible. The support throughout was top notch, especially through the University and Wollaton Park. At the Great North Run you have to bend down to take your chip off, not at Nottingham! Its the little touches that make it.
In short: My favourite half so far. Everything was fantastic! In full: A great day, managed a PB. But it was the whole Worksop Half Marathon experience that made it. The route is fantastic, 8 miles in Clumber park, then the last mile down hill! The organisation was like clockwork for me, fantastic cup of tea at the Charity stall at the end. I honestly cannot think of anything negative to say about this whole experience, the online entry and websites are even top draw. Even the rain came at the right time for me, cooled me down ready for the last few miles. Well done to the organisers and marshalls. Definately back next year. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Great course, well organised considering the number of participants In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the course (The Half), brilliant to run through the university grounds and Wollaton park. The finish on the grass area was amazing, the noise!
Crowd support was also excellent throughout, especially around the housing estate prior to Wollaton Park, it was like the GNR in parts!
I had a great day and will definately do it again next year.
My only gripes were: -Missed a couple of mile markers, where were they?? The mile markers are vital. Apparantly some were only on one side of the road and others had been turned around the wrong way.
-Its so expensive to enter.
My two minor negatives though were swamped by the massive enjoyment I had on the day. Date of review: September 18, 2007
In short: A tough but thoroughly enjoyable race. In full: The hills are a major part of this race (13 hills in 13 miles and all that) I hope they remain. Organisation excellent, great atmosphere around the course. Weather was kind for the runners but not for spectators!! Lots of things going off around the finish area. Great place to finish is Berry Hill Park.
Definately worth it, although I think the race should be advertised far more locally.
In short: Car Parking Organisation a Joke, Finish Line Unclear. In full: Arrived at the park entrance 45 minutes before the start, but ended up nearly missing the start due to the car park queues. Car Park Organisation needs a total re think.
The finish line was totally unclear, I stopped where I thought it was only to be told it was another 30m away!
On the positive side: I would highly recommend this race though, great fast course, fantastic scenary and fantastic venue. Good T-shirt and potential for PB. Possibly should start earlier than midday though (although who could have predicted these April temperatures).
I would recommend this race to anyone/everyone. Date of review: April 30, 2007
In short: The start of the race was a battle field, but i believe the new wave system enabled the race to quicken earlier. In full: This race i believe is all about charity and a great day out. So you should expect slow runners/walkers and people in your way. It is not a course for a PB. The local folk along the way make it. Came in 7 mins below half marathon time, not as bad as predicted, but hey, its the GNR and what a day out!
Transportation for spectators is shocking, according to my other half. Took nearly three hours from start to finish. Car park at the finish line takes hours to get out - but you are warned about this before hand so no complaints! Date of review: October 2, 2006