In short: An excelelnt and fast half marathon In full: The race, this race has had some bad press in recent years. But this year a new team was managing it and it went without incident, there were plenty of marshals about , plenty of signs, plenty of drink stations (3) and plenty of fruit bread for all at the end. There is a lot of parking, but unlike me turn up before 10:25 otherwise you will have to park down the road. There is a bit of a walk from race HQ to the start, but if you use it for your warm then its not an issue. The route is just as flat as they claim, this is very much a PB course. If you get a chance, run this race, its fast and competitive at the front but the flatness is also great for runners of other abilities and first timers. Date of review: February 21, 2015
In short: well organised and enjoyable In full: Entered this race in its first year. It was a really nice area in which to have a race, although being a rural setting this meant spectators were few and far between, but that's not the organisers fault.
It was different with the race being at an equestrian center and it was a nice touch to get an Easter egg and a free bacon butty at the finish as well as a medal.
Route is quite flat there are a few small cheeky inclines but nothing that would trouble you, it's very much a pb route. Date of review: April 20, 2014
In short: Fast & Rolling In full: I ran this race in 2014 for the first time. I found the entrance fee and what you got in return for it....hot pot, medal, woollen running hat and bar of chocolate excellent value.
You get a decent crowd out; despite the event being held in the middle of nowhere, people do come out and cheer you on, along the route. Which is nice.
There were plenty of marshals and drinks stations along the route and they did their best to encourage runners.
The courses is fairly flat, there are a lot of small up and downs which take their toll, but this very much a half marathon PB course and a perfect first half marathon course for someone nervous about the distance.
Only negatives were the start, we all lined up along a start line and then suddenly people started a slow jog down the road. A number of runners started their watches, whilst others asked around if the race had started or not.
Then perhaps 100 metres down the road the pace suddenly jumped and it seemed that the race had started for real. Not sure, what happened there, I was fairly near the front yet didn't hear any instructions from the race marshals, and neither did anyone around me.
The finish was a bit confusing too as they had a large 'Finish' banner, but we were only aloud to cross it at the far left. This left a few runners confused as they headed towards the middle or the finish banner only for spectators to jump out point them in the right direction at the last minute.
In future I would get rid of the start/finish banner if you're not going to use it properly or re-organise the start/finish of the race, so that the full banner is used. It's better for us runners.
Id advice people to get to this event early for parking purposes.
It's fast and competitive you will enjoy racing this course.
In short: Fast 10k , run almost entirely in a park In full: A nice event run mostly within worden park, very flat with a few slight inclines.
A bit of a crowd turned out to cheer the runners on, toilets, parking, and a drinks station was provided.
The after race organisation was a bit chaotic as several volunteers with goody bags walked passed me without offering me one. Eventually I had to follow one around and request a goodie bag. In future, the organisers might want to make sure that the volunteers stay in one place handing out the goodie bags rather than them charging all over the place. In addition, when it came to handing in my chip, I was just pointed in the direction of a cardboard box.
In short: Well worth doing In full: Brief review, i would say all runners should give it a go sometime. Its really well organised, there are loads of Marshall's, you get people out clapping you, at various points in the race and you get a decent size bit of cheese at the end. Also plenty of free parking and a tea, bacon butty and cake stall was available at the finishing area.
If you like challenging races, with some good tough hills and great views i recommend the Black Sticks Blue 10K. Its similar in ways to the Longridge Lions 7 Mile run, so yes give a go next year you'd enjoy im sure of it and i think, time allowing, i will be there again next year.
In short: Tough, Challenging and Worth the Trip In full: This was my first attempt at this race and I don’t think I was quite prepared for how hilly it was. I had heard that the first two miles or so were hilly, but after that it eases off. However, I found this course to be full of hills for all but the final 2k. That said, I really enjoyed this race and found it to be on a par with the Longridge 7 Mile race and I would certainly do this race again.
There are plenty of Marshals along the route and even the odd spectator along the way, although the bulk of these are found at the athletics track were the race starts and finish and in my view not enough races finish on a track, this being only the second one I’ve come across, I think as a runner there is something a bit special about a track finish. The “goodie bag” at the end of the race wasn’t the best, but the challenging nature of this route, which incidentally treats you to the odd scenic view, the friendly atmosphere and decent size crowd makes this a worthwhile race for all.
In short: More work to do In full: I believe this race has been going for sometime, however there is a lot of work for the organisers to do.
To begin with the race HQ is a ten minute walk from the start and toilets are limited. Moving the race HQ to say a tent by the start (There is plenty of room for it, in that car park) and investing in some portable toilets for the day is something I would do.
At the beginning of the race we had to run around the car part twice, which for those the front and back must have been a nightmare. Surely they could find an extra street or two to take the runners down to meet the 10 mile distance.
Two drink stations or one which you pass twice would certainly be a big help to those tackling this distance for the first time, after all ten miles is a long way to go with only one station.
Finally the goody bag, a couple of chocolate bars is not want runners are looking for after parting with Â£9.
The race itself is extremely well marshalled and plenty of locals come out and give there support, so you cannot fault that. The course is flat and has PB written all over it and those first timers, moving up from a 10k, this is an excellent step on the way to a Half Marathon.
Effectively this is race to the St Anneâ€™s windmill and back and it is a welcomed sight on the horizon as you approach it, especially once you figured out that the drinks station was also positioned at the windmill as well. Thinking about it, the windmill was probably the only point of interest on the course. Although we did pass the Sport Relief mile organisers setting up for their run and with the local radio station in full swing it was reminiscent of the Great North run boost zone, perhaps this is something the organisers could look to incorporate into the race next year. One final plus point in the races favour is that the course bends and winds around enough walk ways and streets to keep you interested and there is plenty of room for overtaking.
I would do this race again, but I would like to see some changes made to organisation, but not to those marshals as they were excellent bring them back year on year.
In short: A great race for your first 10k In full: This was the third time I have done this race, but first time it was full. Organisers coped well considering everyone seemed to turn up at the same time. The toilets were very busy as others have mentioned but there are another set at the other side of the bar which not too many people seemed to know about, worth remembering.
The race itself started off extremely fast, I think I did the first mile in 6.23 which about my 5k time, slowly had to slowly ease off and as this race made use of the excellent public footpaths in that area, there was plenty of time to achieve this without getting in others way. The course challenges without scaring and is well marshalled a drinks station is also provided half way around and is very much a welcomed sight.
One other plus point was the choice of reward either a bag or a medal. I opted for the medal I know they just build but up, what they hay it was nice to have the choice.
All of our party enjoyed the race; include one runner doing his first race since high school and his first ever 10k. He loved and certainly looks to have caught the runners bug and will certainly being doing this race again be it this time next year or the summer addition.
In short: You won't find a tougher December race in Lancashire In full: A very demanding course, which is dominated by the older runner year on year. I believe this yearâ€™s top three were all over forty.
The race begins on a slight downward gradient, then you reach Longridge village Centre, at which point you being four miles of up hill struggle that will challenge even the most experienced of runners. And when you think you have conquered the worse they could through at you, you meet Jeffrey Hill. An unforgiving mound of earth which will have you contemplating walking or even giving up and for those that do making it to the top, a view that most raceâ€™s simply cannot compete, as the beautiful Longridge Fell is presented before you.
Not long after this, you reach the four mile point, where after a quick down hill drop, you meet the last of the inclines, which in most years is covered in some form of ice. You are then rewarded for your endeavours with over two miles of down hill running/racing, before crossing the line to be presented with your well deserved Christmas pudding.