In short: PB'ers stick to the flat tarmac, people who want to enjoy a brilliant little race with superb scenery and an excellent atmosphere come and try this! In full: Brilliant little local race, organised by a church group who could teach some running clubs a thing or two. As everyone says this is not for PB seekers, but I really can't see how running around a flat piece of tarmac trying to shave off the odd second can possibly compare to races like this, they put the pleasure back in running!
I think this has the potential to grow each year and wish the organisers the very best of luck with it, I'll definitely be back next time.
In short: Well done to all at Nidd Valley, superb effort. In full: Firstly - Well done to all at Nidd Valley for superb organisation and Marshaling. The support from the Marshals was always enthusiastic throughout, despite them standing around in the atrocious conditions. No, I'm not from Nidd Valley, I'm 40 miles away, but do this race every year, Love it. Brilliant atmosphere, brilliant organisation, and a goody bag that means you don't have to shop for a week! Shame about the weather this time, but it's good to see that runners being runners, it takes more than a heavy dew to deter us! If you want to do this race next year, don't be off by the fact it isn't a PB course, that's not the be all and end all, it's a great race in it's own right! Well done everybody. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: What a brilliant event! In full: My third time in a row, and one of the highlights in my diary. Forget PBs, this is a Yorkshire Half; 15 miles [value for money!] It's tough - uphill start, uphill finish, and lots of hills in the middle! Superb scenery, lovely atmosphere, and a feast at the finish.
Possibly the friendliest race going! Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Excellent day, thank you GYRR! In full: Lucky to be visiting the area from Halifax, so took the opportunity to enter. Lovely friendly atmosphere, made welcome from the moment I parked up. Very friendly club officials, pleasant rural course and excellent venue for start/finish.
Organisation and marshalling first class, sets a high standard, hope to see you next year! Date of review: August 10, 2009
In short: A very special race! In full: Our running club included this as a championship race again, so a lot of us did a round trip of over 110 miles when there are "Halfs" much nearer to home. Was it worth it? DEFINITELY!
This is a very special race, superb organisation, brilliant atmosphere, the crowds outside the village pub, the lady with the garden hose, and the man himself; Ron Hill. This all goes to make it one of the highlights of the year for me, and a race that every runner should do at some time!
In short: Enjoyable race, hopefully see you next year. In full: Why is this race getting so much criticism?
I live in West Yorkshire [among the lovely, runner-friendly hills], but stay in Norfolk regularly and always fit in a local race if possible. I entered this one months ago, knew it was November so didn't expect it to be tropical [still ok in just vest and shorts though]. I have 5 races before Jan 2nd, expect each one to be cold [2 are off road and will be done in snow or whatever]
Read the bit about no ipods in the advance info booklet, "who cares?", ipods are ok for long lonely solitary winter training runs, not for racing.
Also read the route before I entered so didn't expect to go near the city centre [believe there is a race in summer which does], but this was a good fast, flatish course.
Only slight moan was access on and off car park, needs more gates open if poss, but I think this race may have grown quicker than the organisers thought it would.
It's a massive task for a local club to organise a race on this scale, and City of Norwich AC did a brilliant job - well organised, well marshalled, adequate drinks stations, good information and communication before the day, [nice touch, announcing the finishers by name]
Some improvements may be needed to get cars in and out of the showground more quickly, but I can't see why the race is attracting any other criticism. I travelled 200 miles and will do it again next year.
All in all, as a club runner doing 40 or so races a year, I think the organisers did a great job and would like to see this one go from strength to strength.
In short: 3rd year running, gets better every year! In full: 3rd time for me in this race, one of the highlights of the year. Well organised, brilliant race, proper hills, beautiful scenery, excellent goody bag and a superb running top!
This is not for the faint hearted, but you can see why it attracts the likes of Darran Bilton and Tracey Morris. [wonder if they ate all the choccies in their goody bag?]
Well done Nidd Valley, this sets the standard for other races to aim at!
In short: Forget PB's, put the fun back in running with this race! In full: This is a tough race but that was made clear to everybody. It wasn't exactly 10 miles, and that was announced at the start. What wasn't said was just how much variety this race contains, and how satisfying it would feel at the end of the river crossing! Great race, great organisation,definitely in my diary for next year! Date of review: May 4, 2008
In short: If hills are our friends, this is a very friendly race! Fell race on tarmac starting and finishing at a pub, with glorious scenery in between. In full: If hills are our friends, this is a very friendly race! "Fell race on tarmac", starting and finishing at a pub, with glorious scenery in between, what more could you want?
Very welcoming marshalls, madman with a tannoy, beautiful scenery and a good hostlery all made this a great day out. These are proper hills,[not southern slopes] and I knew I'd had a race, but the sense of satisfaction at the end meant I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: September 18, 2007
In short: superb scenic course, well organised, saved the best hill 'til last! In full: Well done to the "Valley striders", very well organised. Enjoyed watching the 2 miler first,[some very quick kids!]. Thank you to the marshalls, especially the musical ones, much appreciated, and never having done the course before, thanks for saving the big surprise 'til the end, last mile was thought up by a sadist! [like hills really, and will be back next year!] Date of review: October 9, 2006