In short: Getting better and better In full: Slightly biased having race directed this year one, but with all seriousness having ran races around the country the DD is one of the best. The course, let's be honest is tough, especially on a windy day like today but this was tempered by the superb Marshall's, great support and superb scenery. Rarely do you work so hard in a race but enjoy it so much. Wells done to Barton and district ac and thanks for the goody bag and top quality tech tee.. See you next year !!!
In short: Not for the faint hearted In full: Fantastic second crack at this for me, ground was rock hard, although we were warned! Scenery superb and temperatures mercifully lower than last year. Great Marshalls and helpers and the best finishing experience of the year, beer, cake, fruit, whatever you wish, personally beer was my choice! Well done twh will be back. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Fast flat no frills In full: A few pinch points running in to runners coming the other way. Apart from that basics missing .... Drink station coming up... Really...... Date of review: November 19, 2012
In short: Faultless.... In full: Nothing else to say really, and would definitely not call it hilly, undulating yes, but fair... Equally so... Put that together with the faultless organisation of barton and district ac and it has to be THE must do race in lincs/yorks racing calendar for years to come... Well done everyone.. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Scenic, friendly and fun In full: What more could you ask for, friendly race, Marshall's and organisers, challenging course through beautiful parkland .. Top it off with kids races whilst I finish to keep them entertained and samosas too. Brilliant well done pets wood... Smply one of the best..... Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: Loved it....will be back In full: First time at the new forest and have to say loved it, yes the weather was shocking but the support from the Marshall's and supporters first class.. They deserved a medal in that weather.... Course wise I thought it was quite quick, hills yes, but enough downhill to recover any time lost... My only gripe re the course is it would be good to have 800m, 600m, 400m and 200m marks as had I known where the finish was I would have opened up earlier....the finish was well organised but why oh why was the catering van on the opposite side of the finish, surely it's possible to have the tea inside in future! Other than that top notch and highly recommended... Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: first time at paddock wood wont be the last In full: great race, superb scenery and well organised.. HQ like clockwork, race off on time, marshalls spot on and great suupport in paddock wood and as we passed through the various villages.. flat but by no means boring, beautiful scenery too... highly recommended Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Nice low key fast friendly race In full: No complaints at all, entered on the day, quick and easy to do. Race quick... Perhaps caught a few of us out asim not the only one who died over the last two miles. Countryside rather uninspiring and little support on the course. Marshals generally very supportive and helpful, although one or two on the last bit seemed rather more interested to talk to others rather than shouting encouragement. Great tech t shirt and nice medal. Jaffa cakes a nice touch too, although the 1/3 banana was slightly pointless unless you got three of them.... All in all however a very pleasant mornings work and a pb to boot Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: superbly organised, friendly and great value for money In full: My first attempt at this race and wasnt disappointed at all.. The organisation was smooth, hq was more than adequate bar the usual backlog for the loos... perhaps the organisers could also advertise the other toilets near the start? The race itself was very well organised, plenty of good enthusiastic marshalls, well operated drinks stations and a fair smattering of spectators.. The course was fairly tame in the first half but the drag up the ramp at the cliff was a killer for me, still i cracked on and finished sub 2.30 so really happy with that - will be back if i am barmy enough to do another marathon next year!