In short: Tour de Cambridge In full: A race of two halves- first half mainly on road, lots of people around you. Second half (if you are running the marathon) across fields, paths, a bridge over a canal, much more spread out (although often with another runner in sight).
Really well marked course- only one place where it wasn't 100% clear. Good atmosphere and an absolute bargin. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: hard as nails, but we wouldn't have it any other way. In full: When i get round to it i'll put a full report on the internet's least exciting running blog... http://breadsweatandbeers.blogspot.co.uk/
In short: Who wants to run a flat marathon anyway? In full: The Greensands Marathon is a great race. True its tough but its all do-able and who wants to run a flat marathon anyway? The views from the Greensand Ridge are immense, the conditions underfoot are certainly enough to keep you occupied (or fall over if not) and the overall atmosphere of the race is fantastic Full race report at http://breadsweatandbeers.blogspot.com/2011/10/greensands-marathon.html Date of review: October 24, 2011
In short: From the glory of the Peak District to the centre of Derby in one epic day out In full: Great race and really well organised. Considering the length of the course they'd marked it really well. Great atmosphere and good running.
Full race report at:http://breadsweatandbeers.blogspot.com/2011/08/ultrarace-peaks.html Date of review: August 22, 2011
In short: A nice event with the potential to be a really good event In full: In its first year the Croydon Ultra was not without its problems, mainly concerning the second half of the route where many runners got lost, and for some of us added a good 3 or 4 miles on to the route and at least half an hour or so of standing around asking locals for directions- the low point being the hidden water station for the turn around at the 3/4 point.
This said there were many positives; nice atmosphere from both the organisors and the other runners, the first half of the route was really nice, good hills, nice scenery and was well sign posted and set out in the route description (an idea for next year- two laps of this section instead??). The three aid stations had a good variety of drinks and gels and supportive folk handing them out. Finally there were hot showers at the end which is not something you get an many races! Also the results were posted the same day.
With a slightly clearer route I could be tempted to come back next year and do the race in a time which would do its justice.
In short: The mug changes colour when you put hot drinks in! Best Race Memento EVER!! In full: It's a hard course but great fun, well organised, amazing atmosphere. Knocked 3 minutes off last year. What more could you want? A mug that changes colour when you put hot drinks in! Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: 10 miles of great running in the surrey hills In full: Great race, well organised with a really good route. Two big-ish hills to test you with a fast, fast, fast downhill on the tarmac to the finish line.
http://breadsweatandbeers.blogspot.com/ Date of review: May 30, 2011
In short: Pace yourself at the start, the hills keep on coming... In full: Really good race, well organised with good trails, nice views and good marshals (although those at mile 7/15 were hiding behild a van!).
Set out way too fast, was 2nd at mile 7, 7th at halfway and then had the difficult task of keeping going as a I drifted back through the field to 22nd. At mile 25 I said "never again", now I'm thinking, "maybe next year..." Date of review: May 3, 2011