In short: Wonderful wonderful day out spoilt only by the terrible caterers! In full: It was hot - and I did a PW of 6 hours, but I didn't care because I had the most amazing time. The race itself was well organised and the marshals were fantastic - the wine I was sure would be a bad idea but with plenty of water it is fine to have a little glass at every station (which I did) without adverse effects!
My only comments are - three of my group's chip times seem to be missing from the final results.
There was no hog roast left at the end which is unacceptable. If you have 200 runners, you need 200 portions, end of story. Not difficult - bad attitude of young kids serving and getting paid for it when older volunteers have stood out in the baking heat and been wonderful marshals for free - I find that quite insulting! A caterer told my friend who ran the marathon that he couldn't get her a glass of wine because "he'd been here since 9am and he was a bit tired". If the organisers sack the caterers and get better ones next year the event will be perfect!
Also all drinks stations back to front - surely it should be wine first, then food, then water - that would make it easier for serious runners and better for drinkers as they need water last after wine not before it. Date of review: September 10, 2012
In short: Very good race In full: A lovely 15 miler mostly off roads on a mix of trail and woodland paths, plenty of mud and scenery - you would never know you were so close to Sheffield or the M1. Absolute bargain for the price - £5 plus £3.50 to get int the park. Ran with some very friendly KK guys. Only downsides were - toilets and showers (council owned) very dirty and grotty, also a few missing marshalls meant several guys got lost and did an extra mile and they all came haring past us at about 3.5 miles - it seemed to spur them on but I did feel sorry for them - I would have gone wrong if I hadn't been following the KK guys who know the route. Anyway, had a lovely day, faded at around 13 miles but really enjoyed the race. Date of review: June 17, 2012
In short: Nearly perfect, but not quite! In full: Well now I know what everyone is raving on about and why it sells out so quick. Just had a most(ly) excellent day.
Things I liked
The bus to the start which was well organised
The route – its similar to the Trans Penine Trail for those who know it exactly the same terrain and stuff underfoot, more embankments, where I am used to more cuttings, but pretty much the same sort of thing, little mile markers (for the marathon, so I could pretend I’d run 24 miles without wanting to die!), well manned water stations and nice marshalls, fantastic scenery, cheerful supporters. It was just lovely and the time flew by.
The mugs and goodie bags
The post race cuppa and burger
Things I didn’t like
The decent – I think there must have been some sort of mechanism here for the trucks to roll down the hill on their own with the weight pulling the empty ones up cos it was too steep for an engine. I know there was a sign but obviously I couldn’t stop to read it! As many of you know I am so crap at running down – I tried so hard to do the fell runner thing and shift my weight every few seconds but I got to the bottom with my knees absolutely mashed and quite painful and it took about ½ mile to get over. Glad I didn’t have to end a marathon with that!
The last mile, and I quote from the race instructions “......down to the High Peak Junction at the Cromford Canal. At this point you will be guided over the canal and turned left along the tow-path”. In actual fact there were no marshals at this point at all and if it wasn’t for a helpful passer-by I would have gone straight on and missed the turning all together. Once over the bridge there is a second sharp left and again if I hadn’t just seen the runners in front of me vanishing out of the corner of my eye I would have missed that too! So, black marks to the organisers, who up to this point had scored 100%, with a great race for me. Fortunately no time lost and I recovered feeling in my knees and zipped down the tow path to finish in a reasonable time.
Plus on the bright side, next year I will know where I am going so I won’t care whether there is a marshal there or not – and yes I’ll be back, its great!
The onions in my burger weren’t quite cooked properly. I like them nice and soggy, not crisp.
Things I’m not sure about
The communal showers – yes I know its a rugby club but I wasn’t expecting that! I kept my underwear on and my eyes well down (there were several men who didn’t and a lady too!)
In short: A great race, but perhaps not as good as last year In full: In its third year, in a new location (not the organisers fault that they have had to move from old venue - hope its temporary?). The new venue was ok but the route is not anywhere near as scenic, involves crossing the M62 twice and has quite a bit of road running (although some lovely off-road moments as well). A bit of a shambles at the start as the organisers were overwhelmed by an influx of runners collecting their chips and delaying the start by 20 minutes. DS loved the Fruity Pot Run and came 4th but it was only half a mile and could have been longer really! Overall it lost some of the special touches of the old venue but was still very enjoyable with nice marshals, and relaxed atmosphere. Date of review: October 23, 2011
In short: Another wonderful weekend, even better than last year! In full: My only minor comments would be that the catering tent was overwhelmed at times. Perhaps there should be a priority queue for solo runners if they want to come off the course to eat? Also there was a longer queue for massagers with fewer of them on duty. Otherwise organisation cannot be faulted in any way. With 3 nights of camping included in the price with showers for as many support and family as you want to bring, this is amazing value for money. The atmosphere is just amazing. I'll be back next year. Date of review: August 2, 2011
In short: Its fairly flat and fast for a PB but not that special In full: Ran this once before in 2009. My comments haven't changed much. Ten portaloos for 1120 people resulted in a quick pre-race visit to the bushes. The start was crowded and I did a lot of overtaking for the first couple of miles. Its not flat, more undulating, but nothing major and the roads are closed while you run. There is a nice park finish at the end and a good atmosphere overall.
The chip is good and I did a PB so I was quite pleased.
The t-shirt is the same as two years ago with no date or year on it.
Be prepared to be chased and chased for sponsorship even if you haven't raised any; they won't give up for at least two years now. I only did it because the race is part of our club championship. Date of review: April 3, 2011
In short: Fast n flat very main road in places In full: Thirsk race course makes a great venue for a big race with lots of toilets and space for parking etc. The course is flat and mainly on country lanes, although in one place it goes onto a main coastal road full of TVR's scooters and horseboxes, none of which slowed down or drove very sensibly. The marshalling and the organisation are good and there is chipped timing which is a bonus.
Marshals were cheery and friendly. There are two waterstations. I did a PB.
In short: Okay race which I PB'd but marshalling improvements needed! In full: This was not a bad race so well done to the organisers for a good first attempt with perhaps a few improvements needed for next year. Marshalling and waterstations patchy - with a marshall at water station 1 announcing to runners that she wasn't walking to the edge of the road and if runners wanted water they would have to "come & get it". At about mile 11 the route turns right across a main road for which I got no sign posting until the last minute then a marshall shouted "cross now" when it was too late as cars were coming. I stopped, the cars didn't. With 0.1 of a mile to go I found myself hemmed in by cars on the grass verge due to bad marshalling. When I found the breath to swear I knew I had it in me for a sprint finish to a PB, so despite it all I left with a post race high. Oh, and 6 toilets just not enough! Plus, no cake. You could have sold it and made a profit. A race without cake is like.....well its not good is it? Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: Great race but why don't they sort out the parking? In full: Feel like I might as well copy out my comments from 2010 here. A great race, challenging course, well marshalled, not a PB course (although I know someone who did) and if you aren't going up you'll be going down. But its fun and friendly. This ends when you cross the finishing line and encounter the nightmare traffic at the rugby club that goes on for hours, and has cars queuing up to exit the rugby club alongside the finish. Its not good, its the same every year. Got my husband to park on the Meltham Road and walked back to the car and would urge you to do the same if you run it next year. Otherwise you will be sat there for at least half an hour! Date of review: March 2, 2011
In short: Nice first race of the year-well organised In full: This trail race takes place in a scenic park in Stockport with lots of muddy paths and trails and several steep hills, including some killer steps. The route is scenic and slightly tougher on the way back. The route is around 4.85 miles and there are Jaffa cakes awaiting you at the finish (at the top of a short but steep climb).
Great fun, nicely marshalled and organised, surprisingly nice scenery given the location so close to major motorways and a good atmosphere. I usually prefer longer distances but would do this one again.