In short: Much improved In full: Lack of loos was clear (surely they have ratio they work to?) and I'm glad I had not entrusted my bag to them. Also I didn't see many distance markers which was a surprise( the clearest ones were on the way back as part of the 10k 'race'. Not sure what the King of Hill or10k really added either. All that said, the crowds were amazing, almost like when the tour came to town. The course was like an extreme version if the Leeds one IMO do it needs a lot of training if you want to enjoy it. Great effort! Date of review: April 14, 2015
In short: Another successful year In full: 7th time I have done this I think. It was really well organised as usual although the marshalls & crowd seemed quieter / less cheerful than usual. I`ll be back tho! Date of review: March 11, 2015
In short: scenic South Yorks bargian race! In full: first time for me but I`d heard it was a real bargain. Great value - plentiful cheery marshalls, water aplenty, decent goody bag, cakes `n` tea at t`end. Lots of info on signs and from organisers. Scenic, or at least as good as you can hope for in this part of the world. A couple of long drags but not like you`d get on the Peakier side of South Yorks. Advertised as 80% off-road but seemed nearer to 60% - ? Lovely event. Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Credit to Buxton and Buxton AC In full: One of the toughest but what scenery! 3 miles up to start, then undulating, then downhill for miles, then up to Jericho. Then you have nailed it. Except for 3 or 4 `stings in the tail`. Great race base and a race that addicted HMers MUST do. Credit to BEV who is a bundle of energy insuring it all runs like clockwork. Well done! To make this race better . . . BUXTON water not Nestle! A medal too! Or get (excellent) Buxton Brewery to give us a beer at the end! Oh, and a lift up the hills! Thank you Buxton AC! Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: My only complaint - this race is difficult to fault! In full: Any tiny `problems` from last year seem to have been addressed and much improved. Fast course, smiley marshalls, tech tee & medal, stadium finish, pics & vids galore, daily updates, etc etc. Only things I could suggest to make this race better are , um, tailwind all the way, scantily clad cheerleaders to chase over the last 2 miles, free beer!??!?!? If you are in PB shape, you will PB. End of. Date of review: May 5, 2014
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