In short: If only the weather was as nice as the scenery! In full: Lovely location for a half marathon. Shame about the rain and the horrible headwind for the second half. Massive thanks to the volunteers who stood out in that weather for hours on end. It's a pretty quick course only really one notable hill up to the dam in the 1st mile which you also come back down at the end. My only gripe comes down to the start and the complete lack of common-sense on the part of a lot of runners. It's quite a narrow lane and it appears that the majority of the field ignore the markers for estimated finish times. With chip timing you don't get any benefit from starting at the front if you are a slower runner! It's dangerous for yourself and for the people who have started from the correct pace zone. Maybe more obvious markers at the start or more announcements could help with this or colour-coded numbers based on PB's or recent results? I guess this would take costs up though. Think it really just comes down to runners using a bit of common-sense though. Great event but the start still needs improving. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Very well organised and a nice, scenic course In full: Really well organised and pretty good value compared to most half marathons. Not many races where you get a good quality "technical" running shirt, free energy gels and energy drinks at the finish and at some drink stations along the course. I was expecting a bit of chaos with everyone collecting their number and chip on the day but it was really well organised. Excellent job by Full Boar Events and all the volunteers. The course was hillier and tougher than I remembered but I think I'm just getting older! The "Gated Road" climb up to Market Bosworth seemed to go on forever! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Quite hilly but scenic course.. well organised In full: This was my first full marathon but I thought it was pretty good value to be honest. Around £20/£22 (if i remember rightly?) seems to be quite cheap for a full marathon these days and that included a t-shirt, medal and a bit of a goody bag, chip timing... and drinks around the course. The 2nd lap was a bit lonely at times but most of the marshalls offered great encouragement. Lets not forget they're volunteers who have to just stand there for hours. The course was quite undulating but it was more lots of steady short-ish hills. No big long steep hills really. Lovely area with some nice villages connected by these winding country lanes.. excellent running/cycling territory! Difficult running past lots of nice looking pubs with sun-drenched beer gardens!! Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Tough hills, nice setting and well organised for a good cause In full: Despite doing a lot of my training over Baggeridge I still found this race tougher than expected. My thighs are still aching! Well worth doing this one for the atmosphere and scenery just don't expect a PB! Date of review: June 27, 2011
In short: Another well organised event, flat and fast. In full: Flat and fast 2 lap course with an out and back section, well organised. The path is quite narrow in places especially with dog walkers and runners heading in both directions but that shouldn't really be a problem should it?
Only personal let down for me was the complete lack of common sense from one runner on the out and back section. If you really want to stop and "high-five" power walkers who are being lapped then at least have the common sense and decency to get out of the way of quicker runners heading in the opposite direction. The guy in question looked like "a runner" and plenty old enough to know better. I guess one out of 600 - 800 isn't a bad ratio though!
Anyway, good job from the organisers and marshals again though and excellent value every year. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Half-decent event in the end but wouldn't have entered if not for inaccurate details on RW website In full: I've never organised a race (and never will)but I can imagine there's a lot of hard work and planning that goes into it behind the scenes... a pretty thankless task. So I'll try and be as fair as possible.
I entered on the basis of the usually reliable race details on the Runners World website which turned out to be completely inaccurate. After paying £14 for basically a park-run (+ tshirt, medal and pizza leaflets) I felt a bit conned. Especially as it was cheaper to enter on the day. Even if you entered in advance you still have to collect your number on the day so there's absolutely no benefit of entering in advance.
The event itself was ok, fairly small turn out. I found the 4 lap multi-terrain course very tedious even though it was in a nice enough setting especially when it was supposed to be a road race according to the race details on RW. I think the potential is there for next year as long as people know what they're getting and it's advertised correctly.
In short: Well organised, nice local event In full: Seemed very well organised and just a nice sized event, not too big & not too small. Good support along the course. A few long and steady hills but nothing too bad. Even if at the start they put time zones up a lot of people ignore them anyway... there's always going to be some slower runners / walkers short of common sense. Date of review: September 8, 2010
In short: Very enjoyable event, nice scenic route and very good local support en route In full: Hopefully this will be back on the calendar next year. Really nice course (there was a link to the course profile on the website showing where the hills were). Not flat but not particularly hilly either. Good support along the route so thanks to the locals for that and also the marshalls who gave up their free time. Difficult at times running past nice country pubs on such a lovely morning... gasping for a pint at The Bell in Trysull (but I think it was closed anyway!)
My Garmin 405 clocked the distance as 12.55 miles but I started it a bit late due to it reverting to 'time mode' as we were about to start! Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: Well organised and good atmosphere In full: Really good event, scenic course, nice size field (not too big but big enough). Thanks to all the volunteers especially at the drinks stations trying to collect all the discarded plastic cups littered around.
There were plenty of drinks (and jellybeans!) at the finish but I too managed to walk straight past them until someone pointed me in the right direction.
A couple of challenging long hills near the end (not steep just long and gradual) but plenty of encouragement especially approaching Market Bosworth. Date of review: May 12, 2010