In short: Dreadful Weather but great race. In full: I really enjoyed this race. I'll admit that there were a few issues, probably due to the conditions mostly, but it was the first one.
To clarify - Milton Keynes is not flat! The last few miles seemed to be all up hill, and the bridges made for interesting aches. But at the end of the day we run marathons because we like a challenge. I say Man-up, suck up the pain and get on with it!
A great race, with brave and happy marshals and supporters. Date of review: May 2, 2012
In short: A great race for a worthy cause. In full: I ran this race last year and was impressed with how smoothly it ran and how welcoming and supportive it was, this year was no exception.
Good crowd support and cheers as you passed the pitstop, dancing gorillas on hand to keep you smiling and a nice medal and goody bag at the end.
It was uplifting to see so many people doing the fun run (which my 5 year old competed in and LOVED!) and to feel a part of a race that makes a difference by raising funds for a local hospice, and it doesn't harm that the flat course is very quick too, especially as it has now been converted to a 10K rather than a six miler.
Back again next year? You betcha!!! Date of review: January 30, 2012
In short: My first GNR. As they would say locally - Mint! In full: What a great event. I ran VLM this year and was taken back by the great crowds and support, and this race was up there with it! I would strongly advise anyone who loves running to run this race.
The crowds of runners put a lot of people off, but actually it just adds to the electric atmosphere and its not too much trouble to weave in and out of people.
I will definitely be putting my name in the ballot again for this memorable and really enjoyable spectacle of a race. Date of review: September 19, 2011
In short: On the challenging side of undulation but great race In full: I can only really echo my feedback from the 2010 race. This is one of the most scenic races Northamptonshire has to offer. A small off road section with a ford to run through makes for a really interesting change and the many hills are gentle enough not to destroy you but tough enough to make the race a PB challenge rather than a PB guarantee. I'll be back for my thrid Moulton 10K next year.
Comedy moment of the day, the start line: 3, 2, 1 'fizzle' - a dead/ silent fog horn and rapturous laughter as we all run by the red-faced starter! Date of review: August 30, 2011
In short: Good PB potential - well organised race In full: I enjoyed this race last year and came back again, shaving 6 minutes off of last years time, not bad considering the heat! More club runners than last year, no doubt due to the glowing reports of last year, but still welcoming to newbies.
A well marshalled well organised event, chip timing a little redundant if there are no splits and no starting line to cross, but more accurate than a person with a stop clock and a clipboard so no real complaints.
Had to take a large T Shirt, my fault for being late - other than that no complaints! Date of review: August 1, 2011
In short: Who knew Milton Keynes was so Scenic In full: It would appear that once you get out of the car and take a walk (or run) around Milton Keynes it can actually be quite scenic. We navigated around lakes, parkland woods and canal paths. Not many city based races can boast that.
Gripes, I seemed to hit the first 3 miles too fast because once 1500 people funnelled onto the first red way route there was no room to manoeuvre as you are all squished within the 2 or three metre wide jam packed path. I'd also consider reversing the route, the only really hilly parts of the course seem to be in the final 4 miles, which might be a bit challenging to new runners and charity folk. But on the other hand, we all like a challenge don't we???
In short: A great introduction to multi-terrain running In full: I thought this was a great race. Its ran over grass, mud, trail and a little bit of concrete as you circle the Abbey.
I really enjoyed this race and thought it was a crying shame that only 37 people turned out to compete over 10K.
The route was great, the organisers were friendly and organised and the T Shirt was nice. They also had a plasma screen up allowing you to type in your race number and see your official chip time, I thought this was a really nice touch!
You also had the privilege of completing the 10K alongside the triathletes as they finished their race. Watching these guys run was inspiring they are like machines!
I will definitely be running it again next year. Date of review: May 23, 2011
In short: Great charity run, ideal for beginners. In full: I really enjoyed this race, probably more due to the good atmosphere and the charity element. But also due to the pure PB potential.
Running on the flat meant that a PB was definetlty on. There was a good mix of club runners and charity ramblers and joggers, but everyone seemed respectful for each other objectives, with most charity walkers/ runners keeping to the left and allowing faster runners past.
My son enjoyed the gorillas highfiving runners as we passed the crowds, and the bannana in the goodie bag was an obvious but nice touch!
I would love to see them move the starting line back and making the race a full 10K. Date of review: January 31, 2011
In short: Great event for runners of all speeds, shapes and sizes In full: I was really looking forward to this race and it didn't disappoint. Entertainment along the way was a nice touch, I think the bagpipe player worked just as hard as we did!
Nearly broke my ankle on the wet cobbles of the Market square, but other than that a really enjoyable race which I'll be doing again next year. Date of review: October 12, 2010
In short: My first half marathon. Very enjoyable but a tough one! In full: Not that I have ran any other halfs to compare but this is by far the hilliest run i've done yet!
Very challenging but ultimatly very rewarding. The views were great, you climb and descend so drastically that at places you can see for miles (which is where you'll spot the club runners heading back towards you!)
Some enthusiastic marshals and some statues, the back of the pack could have done with more encouragement.
On the whole I thought it was a great event and the fact that the charity is such a worth while cause made it all the more a proud milestone for me. Date of review: September 20, 2010