In short: If you weren't fit before, you will be afterwards! In full: My first time here, so not sure what to expect, but though tough, as listed in previous event ratings, it's something a bit different with a lot to keep you mentally, (and physically) engaged. Lots of loops, ups and downs, twists and turns. There were lots of Large Directional signage in the right places to keep you on track, and Marshals where needed at the tricky bits. It was dry in 2014, but if it has been wet then would advise shoes with reasonable grip for the downhill bits as most of it is on trail/grass terrain, with just a small bit on tarmac. Excellent, friendly and supportive atmosphere from the event organisers, and all the facilities/parking are very near to the start/finish which is just perfect. As well as just water at the finish, energy bars and biscuits were available too...much needed! Would do again as enjoyed the changeability the course offers. Chip timed too. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Rural, Road, Relaxed In full: Pleasant low key 10k on quiet roads for much of the route, with shorter races for the children.
Those involved in all the organising and marshalling did a brilliant job, and held alongside the summer fete added a bit extra to the day.
Would advise arrive in plenty of time as it is a bit of a walk from the car park to registration and toilets area, but village is only tiny with narrow roads, so organisers have done the best they can with this really.
In short: Year on Year NOTFAST pull out the stops for an Excellent Race In full: Have done this many times in the past, but have had a break from it for the past few years. Returned this year to a partially different course, which is much better than the old one, as it cuts out the Very Busy Main road past the Sugar Beet factory. It now back-tracks back to Kelham on the main road for a bit, but then runs along a minor, traffic-free road alongside the River Trent instead.
The course change also means less running on the Rugby Club field grass both at the beginning and the end...which is most welcome for tired legs at the end of the race especially.
NOTFAST always try to make the race memento a little different, and excelled with this this year, with all finishers receiving a very nice, useable, holdall for your kit and a towel as well! What more could a Runner ask for?
For the comments about the course and the hill, the one thing that no-one mentioned was THE WEATHER! Blessed with a cool and overcast morning (until after the race was done and dusted),this year...we were very lucky. The majority of times that I've done this race before it has been really hot...so yes, not a tough course as such on a cooler day, but if it's hot, you might not get a PB!
Marshalls all lovely, Traffic management Excellent (especially at narrow Kelham Bridge), and the Race Commentator on the PA system was very good, as he clearly knew a lot of 'Regulars', giving most of us a mention as we crossed the line.
Always in my diary...even if I do need a bit of 'Time Out' now and again. Thankyou NOTFAST! Date of review: July 17, 2013
In short: Soul to Sole....A day in rural Hickling is beneficial in more ways than one! In full: On a fair weather day (which we were blessed with in 2013), you can't beat a day out here. It's a good number of years since I ran the longer distance here (it used to be around 8 miles), so gave it a go again and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not too big a field, so it never got crowded on the canal towpath, yet I never felt isolated either. It is a pancake flat course, so if you're after a PB it's a good one to do...but, they're 'country miles', so bear that in mind. Majority of the route is along the canal towpath, and you return the same way as you set out, but with a loop built into the route which means that you don't see the leaders coming back at you and therefore potential collisions (and tumbles into the canal!!), are avoided. The Swans were keeping themselves to the water today, so no bother there (though I do re-call them, as others have duly noted, being a bit menacing back in the 8-miler days!).
Being rural, the Canal is flanked by fields and trees, so it's all pretty pleasant...just mind your head on the low bridge! Marshalls were cheery and enough of them in the right places, and as befits a race held alongside a Country Fair, a bottle of beer awaited finishers in the goody bag at the end.
It was nice to spend some time enjoying the attractions of the fair after the race and Especially not to be missed were the Dako Flying Angels male Gymnastics Display Team...these guys are good!
All in all, good to quit the Urban Rat Race for a few hours and run on a quiet, mainly traffic-free course.
Just one more point to mention...winners take all here, ie, if a vet comes in the top 3, they take away main prize plus category prize, so that might be a bone of contention for some.
In short: The right distance to get everyone involved In full: Super little 5k race organised by the Primary School as a charity fund raiser. A left handed course with PB potential if you've got the lungs and legs to tackle the incline back to the village at the end. Excellently organised with an optional group warm up before the start. All marshalls helpful, encouraging and cheerful, making for a great atmosphere. Fantastic turnout. All age groups were there. The right distance for everyone. Joggers and walkers all made welcome too, which is, I feel important as it's getting out and doing that counts. Chipped timed event which I'm sure was a good thing considering the number of runners. Liked the T-shirt too! Definitely on my calendar for next year. Well done everyone! Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Money changes everything...or does it??? In full: I rated this event last year, when it was listed under 'Run/Jog/Walk2theb2net5k', so read my rating as it's the same course. A couple of changes though this year...the main one being money on the table for the fastest first three men/women, which increased the numbers on last year, and thereby increasing the amount raised for the two supporting charities. T-shirt an optional extra. I'm glad to say that the race has retained it's friendly feel...marshalls and supporters a really happy lot and the excellent organisation of NDRC and volunteers made the day a great success. Portaloos at the start this year, so that's another little improvement! I don't think it's a course that would cope well with vast numbers of runners, but it's a good little event. Good to be able to watch the childrens race of 3 x laps around the stadium building too...held after the 5k, so parents can run with their little ones if they want to. Well done once again NDRC. On my calendar for 2013.
In short: Gets my vote every time! In full: Always enjoy this race. The course is perfect for PBs and spectators and with the other athletics events going on made it a better day out. Loved the designer green t-shirt...featuring the running track! some thought had gone into that. My favourite race t-shirt from my favourite race! Organisation fine & even the weather remained rain-free for the most part. Will always return here. Well done everyone. Date of review: April 22, 2012
In short: Robin Hood 2011 update In full: Further to my earlier remarks about this race I have upped my ratings for it, as I received prompt feedback from the organisers about the timing issues with a valid explanation of why there were issues AND the results have been amended accordingly. Also, duly noted that runners wearing numbers for the opposite sex and invalidating the results have been removed, backed up by the race photographers. Good work OSB. Thankyou. Date of review: November 12, 2011
In short: Robin Hood still at large?? In full: Sherwood Pines is a great location for events such as these, made even better by the sun that shone on us all. A 2 lap course that is not too testing, all on pleasant trails. Can't fault the organisation & a range of events for all the family. Only downer was that the 'chip times' were out considerably...by some 15seconds. Interesting that there was a 15second 'count down' at the start before we were off...Hmmmn anyone else adding 2 and 2 together here??? Pricey though, so there really should NOT have been timing issues....perhaps Robin Hood and his Merry Men were out there after all, stealing seconds from the faster runners and giving them to those lower down the field??? Do this for the location, but if you want value & accuracy, you're probably better off sticking with races organised by running clubs. Date of review: November 7, 2011
In short: 2011 TAMWORTH 10K In full: Oooo! What interesting reading these race reviews make!!! I've listed the race & the year because it makes confusing reading on Runners world (I'll be onto them again about this as it needs sorting!). All events organised by KP Events seem to be lumped together under `Fradley 10k', when clearly there's a Summer race in there on P1 & P2 (Johannemica & others)...but where/what?? & then before this Fradley (held in March). Back to Tamworth. Never been here before & fancied a race & day out just to see what was what really, so here goes.... On a PLUS...Nice grounds outside the Castle to Start/Finish. Car parks very close to start (& main shopping area of Tamworth). Excellent lavatories (No Queues! & v.clean). An excellent fast course, which took you down the canal towpath for part of the way, & which was marshalled well. A 2 lap 5k course, so 2nd time around if you were new to the area it didn't matter...seeing the high rises meant you were on your way back to the finish area. Good straight for a sprint finish, but steep camber, so keep central! Paperweight memento, so that was nice. Also, choice of drinks at finish & help yourself to a banana...we like this! Now for the MINUSES! Have to agree with others about Money Making coming first though by KP Events. It's good that they've resurrected the event after 3 years abscence, but let's make it fairer with regard to prizes. In a sport where 75 per cent of the field is made up of veterans (check out the results of any given race in the country), it's not really good enough just to give a prize to the 1st 3 M/F. After all, everyone pays to enter & just about every other race I've ever ran has vets category prizes. It doesn't needn't be much, but it makes for a better race.(Interesting to note that just M/F are listed on the results here, not MV/FV etc). Course Distance. I've been running well all year this year, but could barely believe my eyes on the approach to the finish...a time I haven't seen for a few years at least! I don't run with all this 'gagdgetry' that's around these days, but I reckon comments by others were correct. A short course. Also, timings were out by a few seconds on the listed results...same happened at 'Chipped' Fradley, which just shouldn't be happening. This event wasn't chipped, but timing still not spot on. Also, a rather subdued atmosphere in general from supporters & marshalls, which is a bit unusual really.
SUMMARY. Depends what you want from a race. For a novice this is an excellent course to set you off as it's flat & being 2 laps you know what to expect 2nd time around. If your more experienced, or `In in to win it', there's better value to be had elsewhere.