In short: Excellent local race, with just the right amount of difficulty In full: This was my first John Fraser 10, despite it being on the cards for a few years. I'm a 16 stone, ex-rugby player who now runs for fun and for charity and when I turned up and saw the field made up of 95% club runners I was a bit concerned to say the least.....I needn't have been, it was excellent. I can honestly say I've never run another race with the same level of camaraderie, friendliness and good humour. Thank you so much to the impressive lady with a stitch that helped me through the last 3-miles when I was really struggling, and to the two ladies with the 'interesting' bottled drink that made the middle part of the race just a little bit more light-hearted! Also, the marshalls were excellent throughout and really spurred me on, even if I disagree.....there's simply no such things as a 'small hill' when you've just run 8-miles! Although the course was scenic and pleasant, it was truly baffling as apart from a 1/2 mile section there simply were no flat sections.....if you weren't climbing a hill, you were descending one! Still it kept you on your toes! I'll take the sun-burn and the aching legs, this was a great race and somehow I even managed to knock 12 minutes off a 4-year long standing 10-mile time. I will definately be back next year and if it is even half as good, I'll be twice as chuffed! Date of review: September 2, 2013
In short: Good fun and a decent challenge, shame the wind and rain prevented finishers from hanging around to enjoy the various stalls In full: This was my first mud race and it definately fuelled my passion for some more! Friendly stewards, a decent, challenging course and a real 'one-for-all and all-for-one' attitude whether you were in a team, or on your own, (something that came in very useful with the final three walls of the obstacle course!)
I loved every minute; from loosing my shoe in the mud at mile 2, to struggling down the irrigation trench at the end and everything in between.
The weather spoiled the overall party atmosphere and the chance for more spectators and more use of the tents. A beer tench and perhaps a communal marquee would have been a nice touch and as nice as they were, the race organisers/ stewards needed to be a bit more clued up to make this truly outstanding.
Only a few tweaks needed and this could be a really excellent race.....might just come back next year for a second taste!
In short: Well supported, great value and with a real chance of a PB In full: Great race with a massive 1600+ runners made this trip to Shropshire well worth it. I beat my PB by 3 minutes, loved the local town feel despite the big race nature and really appreciated the support from marshalls and local residents. Tough hill at 5 miles, but the rest of the race was very quick and enjoyable. Well done to all of the organisers, no wonder you got the top 10K in the country award for 2012, if it was anything like this year you deserved it Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Pretty, traffic free, steady yet challenging and very well organised and marshalled. Really enjoyed it and could easily see myself back there next year! In full: It was windy and bitterly cold, (even lapsing into light snow on occassion) but that did little to effect the warm feeling I got from this race. The location was very pretty, entirely based in the grounds of Wollaton Park and I liked the mix of firm grass and tarmac paths. A decent flat, decending and ascending route made for a nicely challanging course without being too taxing and the fact it was over two laps meant you could really plan and strategise your finish as you went round for a second time. I took three minutes of my PB time and can only put that down to the extra spring in my step that I got from the excellent organisation, supportive Marshals and well thought out route. I don't often do the same race year after year as there are so many to choose from, but I may well make an exception for this one! Well done to everyone involved. Date of review: April 2, 2013
In short: Fantastic entry to a 'real' race distance for my fun running 6 year old son In full: Loved every minute from the atmosphere and Jimmy Saville to the silly costume and support. Such a shame it was so sparesly attended. My boy loved it and can't wait for next year Date of review: June 24, 2008
In short: Stunning course, full of friendly people with great organisation. Even the heat and hills didn't spoil itd In full: A well organised, well supported and very friendly race. The hills, (some particularly challenging) and the heat and lack of breeze made for a feeling of real pride when I completed the course. It was my first ever 10-miler and I loved every minute, bloody nipples and blisters included!I'm looking forward to doing it in January when it should be a damn site cooler!
Shame about the lack of T-Shirts at anyhting larger than a 'medium' for those finishing near the back of the field though. Date of review: May 15, 2008
In short: Nice and flat with a mixed field and great organisation In full: This very friendly and well organised race made my first ever 10K event a pleasant one. The course was quick, (even if I wasn't!) and ran very well. Marshalls were supportive and made a big difference. Only a couple of bug-bears: "A fantastic, flat, fast course which takes in some of the sights of Bradford" was fine for the first and last km, but quickly turned into a run along a ring road. It was also a bit pricey for a t-shirt that wasn't even available in my size! That being said I enjoyed the day and if they can improve on it next year could have a regular winner Date of review: April 23, 2008