In short: Solid debut for super fast course In full: First year of this event and it looks to have a place on the local calendar in a flat area which hosts lots of speedy races. The Valiants centre was a decent base for the smallish number of runners who got a nice medal, easter egg and a bacon butty for their efforts. The race was enthusiastically organised by Alan Taylor and his supportive squad. The course is as flat as you get and some nice River Wyre scenery towards the end. Well done to everyone! Date of review: April 22, 2014
In short: Still getting better? In full: A chilly March day but the crowds were out in force to support their race that raises funds for the Scout group.
Big mix of ability meaning that even average runners like me finish a fair way up the field and even lap a few backmarkers. Not cheap now with the cost of road closures and you only get a medal but the crowd make this race special. So many supporters around the park can`t help but make you run that part of the course way too fast!!
In short: Go quick at Inskip In full: I agree with other reviewers. The start was a bit of a muddle and it did throw some runners; a fella alongside me panicked at the 2 mile mark thinking he was well slow and he then pushed on too much. Thankfully I guessed right! The marquee was very muddy but plenty of space and a decent amount of toilets and tables. Marshalls were really good although there was one point that could have done with one where I found myself on the wrong side of the road somehow! Great goody bag and a bargain price. Best bit? The red cabbage!!! Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: New course is a success In full: Plenty of loos, well-sign-posted, top drawer marshalls and a long-sleeved tech top for a bargain entry. Minor quibble would be that car parks are a long way from the start (15 mins brisk walk) so takes time to go collect number and then return to car. Quick course but the second 5k seemed a fair bit harder. A credit to NDRC! Date of review: December 16, 2013
In short: Old School type road race with PB potential. In full: This is a basic road race dominated by club runners from near and far, many of whom are chasing a good time. Decent base at the school and a very flat 2 lap course. Couple of water stations and a (basic Spar) mug as a momento. Ideal if you want to look for a PB or a step up to longer races with the 2 laps and flat profile allowing you to pace yourself successfully. It was my 3rd time at Hutton and I`ll be back again. Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: A credit to the club and the town In full: 4th time for me at this event and, even though I had a `mare, I can`t fault this race.
It is undulating with by far the toughest hill in mile 1 but this means a nice downhill finish. If you run well the layout of the course can mean you can push for a quick time over the last 3 miles. Lovely alpacas in the park and the funny placards!
At the end, tech tee, bottled water, pen, kitkat, in a cotton bag. Great value. "I`ll be back!" Date of review: October 29, 2013
In short: Shouldn`t rate the Half and Marathon in same section! In full: My reasons for doing this marathon were admittedly suspect - I did it in 2010 (my 1st) and didn`t like the course but returned because it was pretty local and therefore affordable. Gripes - I got no info through the post , only my bib, which is scandalous at that price really but the rest of the organisation was solid. The first half was a doddle, flat and bits of nice scenery with great support but then it got tough. Exposed windy sections made sure it was not `easy` and the last 2 miles of switchback have rightly been described as `soul destroying`. Nice event overall though. Can`t criticise the route too much because Nottingham is what it is. Date of review: October 1, 2013
In short: A Credit to Mansfield Harriers In full: 3 lap park based course in the nicest bit of Mansfield. Flat and really well coordinated by the club. Race base fine for a smallish field that had a mix between 15 minute club runners and walkers from a local supermarket. No k markers but 3 laps help gauge pace. Cheap to enter but still got plenty of bounty at the finish, including a spot prize and a PB! Nice way to spend a bank holiday morning. Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: A nice event showcasing some glorious Derbyshire countryside In full: I decided to do this fairly last minute as part of marathon training and it is certainly at least the equivalent of a 20 mile training run.
Lots of hills as advertised but a good mix of trails, fields, roads and woodland tracks to keep you interested. Marshalls were very good and thanks to the chap on a motorbike who gave me a bottle of water with 2 miles to go!
However, there are one or two things that would make this a fair bit better. Mainly, it was a disappointing anti-climax when you cross the line - no `well done` and no sign of the t-shirt or even any water (You have to go into the club-house to request these!). There are no distance markers and the marshalls that I asked didn`t know how far was left either. I asked a local club runner too and his knowledge later turned out to be wrong! The other thing was the start and finish which encompasses an industrial estate and a sewage works but I guess these must be unavoidable -? Lots of bottle necks early on, which I later realised was the reason the field tore off at the start so swiftly!
A tough challenge and maybe I`ll return to see if I can sneak under the 3 hours (very close today!). Date of review: August 18, 2013
In short: Fun in the sun In full: Tough race that has been around for a long time. I entered on the day with no problem. Lots of really friendly marshalls offering encouragement which was welcome, especially as conditions were tough. Bottle of beer and a t-shirt at the end from nice helpers. Well done NDRC! The 4 miles up are tough but it is the last mile and a half drag up to the finish that got the better of me again. Maybe next year!!! Date of review: July 7, 2013