In short: A low key, scenic and mostly flat race In full: I enjoyed this race a great deal. It is around Rother Valley (which is flat) and then away from the lakes for a couple of miles. There is a hill at the 6 and 11 mile marker that takes effort, but other than that it really is flat.
Organisation was fine and the marshalls were great. The field was around 100 runners, and it felt very friendly.
The mile markers were mostly absent ... but most have a Garmin these days.
Smashing race, and I would certainly enter it again. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: A challenging run this year In full: This seems to be a fairly low key race. Its a mixture of town and rural (2 laps) with 3 significant inclines. The wind seemed to hinder progress up at least 2 of them this year. Marshalls were supportive and it was well organised.
A couple of minor suggestions:
At the start we had a marshall shouting instructions to us - he needed a maga phone.
Had to queue for water at the end in a relatively small space, I felt this could have been arranged better.
Ideally a tech t-shirt.
But I am being critical. The race was fun and good value. Congrats to Barnsley for arranging it and thank you marshalls for your support. Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Great new course, same old superb organisation In full: A new course this year. To me the first half felt very fast and the second half a little harder (not helped by a little wind here and there). It was rural and largely without traffic.
It was great for me, running the first half and getting a little time in the bag to cover the second half.
The marshalls were great, parking is easy and a good t-shirt. Absolutely nothing to complain about, will be back next year. Well done to all involved. Date of review: December 15, 2013
In short: Great organisation, super run. In full: The organisation is superb (as usual). Good encouraging marshals, pleanty of free parking and clear information sent to runners beforehand.
The course is a little challenging in places, a genuine undulating course. It takes you out into the countryside and is fairly scenic. Clowne did a good job of holding the weather back this year, it was near perfect conditions in fairness.
Great event, I will be back again next year. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Well organised and super scenic race In full: This is a point to point run that ends at Ashbourne. It is mostly flat or slightly downhill and has real PB potential (I took 14 minutes off my previous half marathon time).
It is well organised and you are kept very well informed of the race up until the day itself. I can't wait to do it again next year.
In my view its probably one of the most scenic runs in the country.
Great stuff, well done to all involved. Date of review: October 6, 2013