In short: ++A sleety return to this excellent race!++ In full: My third outing at Ashby and like most I suspect a prelude to a Spring marathon. That aside this is just a great race that I particularly enjoy. Cold at the start but dry..for a bit. Not much of a bit granted! The sleet did put a bit of a damper on it but personally I had a great run that I was delighted to PB the course with. VERY special thanks to the Marshalls.As wet as it was for us runners, I'm sure it seemed a whole lot wetter for the generous, encouraging marshalls at the plenty water stations. Brilliantly supported by Aldi with great goody bags, water in bottles (mostly) and gels.Not forgetting the ubiquitous Cheese roll at the end and awesome hoody. Great race, loved it! Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: ++'Undulating' takes on a new meaning...++ In full: Ran this race a few times. Always well organised with smiling friendly faces. The 4k race is brilliant to watch the kids galloping off! Simple race, simple medal - all good. As I heard some one say, "Turn up, run the race, go home. Simple!" Enjoyed it, many thanks to the school. Date of review: May 23, 2012
In short: ++Great effort by all on a wicked weather day!++ In full: Standing on the start line, with more clothes still on than I've ever worn for any other race EVER,we were told that the marathon was off. At first I was a little disappointed having trained hard and was wanting an indication of where I was at time wise. However after only a few rural miles it was evident that this was the right decision. 30mph wind, horizontal rain all added to a grim day. BUT the marshalls were as wonderful as ever. Amazing generosity to stand out in the weather helping, shouting and supporting. Many, many thanks to them. Shame about the weather but I'll be back next year...again! Date of review: April 29, 2012
In short: ++O.M.G...brilliant though!++ In full: What a day for a race! Very hot, beautiful course. My first year of running it and I was a little worried at the idea of a race that needed a map! But I needn't have as the course was very well signed. The mixed terrain aspect was excellent - fields, ploughed, rutted, grassed, corn! The woods were beautiful, tough with the rocky climb and descents mind, and the fern/ moor-type landscapes were especially, er, beautiful! But. OMG its tough! Brilliantly tough! But a great race, well marshalled, decent t-shirt, excellent value for money. Time?Place? Who cares, I finished...just! Many thanks to the organisers for a brilliant 'beautiful' torturous race! I'll be back... Date of review: August 22, 2011
In short: ++Tougher 20 miler WITH hills! Shock horror!++ In full: This was a lot more challenging than i kinda expected to be honest! Good course, beautiful scenery but those hills! Man, they were tough! The Marshalls deserve special mention as I don't think i passed one without them shouting encouragement, especially the one at mile 18.75 ;o) Loved the Hoody, thought the goody bag a little bit of a token gesture but I enjoyed the bar. Start needs organising better. The 'walk through the masses as far back as you can and then turn round' idea was a bit daft! But didn't spoil an otherwise tough, enjoyable race. many thanks to the Bedford Harriers Date of review: April 8, 2011
In short: ++A great return to this challenging mara prep race++ In full: Second year for me. But this time in company. Had a great run round the course. Impressed as always on so many fronts - Marshalls were great, water stations were AMAZINGLY well stocked with so many things, and thankfully that god-awful red sweat shirt has given way to a rather attractive Burgundy Hoody! Excellent! Many thanks for a great race, loved it and will be back next year no doubt! Date of review: April 8, 2011
In short: ++Beautiful rural half with real PB potential++ In full: A real runners race this one! Organisation at the Golf Club could have been a little better - car parking was a little difficult at times. A challenging race for the 'support crew' (!) as they thought their £14 breakfast fee a little steep! However, the race itself (the important bit!) was lovely. Great rural scenery down small country lanes and roads with no monster hills to speak of. Seemed like a lot of club vests in evidence but still managed to have a bit of banter round the course. Well done Droitwich AC on a great first outing and I definitely look forward to this race next year. Many thanks.
In short: ++A Hilly first half with a blustery second!++ In full: Excellent organisation from the minute TomTom got us to basically where we needed to be! Parked, toileted, started all fine. Agreed there were one or two bottle necks, and slightly a little too many switch backs but nothing to serious. However...the Watersports section was as tough as everyone made out before hand! Amazing respect and thanks to the St Johns teams out on the course. I was fortunate not to require their help but saw plenty that did sadly. Many congrats and thanks to all the marshalls and organisers too. All good. Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: ++A beautiful sojourn up and about the West Mids countryside!++ In full: Despite having a Sat Nav nightmare (my fault!) getting to the race...this was a wonderful experience! The weather was brilliant and the course interesting. Not flat, but not punishing. Enough of everything to make it interesting. The railway section at 11 miles was nice in the shade and the hill at 9 miles woke you up! Marshalling was superb and there did seem to be a good amount of support out on the course as well. I will be interested to read any comments about the race distance as it fell short for me...and not 'anorak' short, a good bit short...? But many thanks for an excellent race to be recommended! Date of review: June 20, 2010
In short: ++well supported hilly jaunt around Sutton Park - Brill++ In full: Just to be controversial - it IS hilly and nope, don't live in Holland!! LOL! But I did know what I was letting myself in for..
Like Sutton Park, great place to run. As long as you watch out for dogs, small children, bikes, elderly pedestrians etc etc etc. So losing car traffic = good, non-observant wanderers = bad. Nearing the end I saw the guy in front of me nearly taken out by a straying dog..not good. But organisation was great, friendly and with a smile. Marshalling was quiet, but helpful if asked. Bargain race with the t-shirt, chocolate and the rather funky chip timed text message result service.
Only one request - please could you let us know through the web site where the copious amount of photos that were being taken can be viewed, if at all?! Date of review: May 16, 2010