In short: Gets better with each passing year In full: This was my third year of taking part in this race. I have to say that it improves with every year, Nicola and Neil seem to take on board comments and amend things and as a result the event improves. Loved the change to the Stadium, especially the band, it's also much easier to spot supporters, and this year I managed to pick up a medal (somehow I missed last years')tee shirt and goody bag, all of which were great. Glad to see the portaloos at the start, though many of the male runners were visiting the potty in the woods on the way to the start! Glad to see the path to the start was clear of dog muck! The course was great, marshalls fab and plenty of water provided. I prefer bottles but I note there were cups also. I will definitely run this race again. I also got a massive pb, completely unexpected but wow what a feeling! Date of review: May 7, 2014
In short: Always a peasure to run this though the weather oft conspires against it! In full: A few problems this year with collection of numbers/chips and also the tea queue was hideous. However Matt the Race Director was very quick to 'fess up' and intends to make changes for next year - good for you, Matt. The course is always challenging, I personally can't wait to get the track section out of the way cos I hate off roading, but I know it's there and its always a relief to get off the track. Of course this time round I was just dreading turning into the wind - it was quite horrendous and at times I wondered if I was making any forward progress at all. Given that I managed to PB, don't understand how but boy am I chuffed! Thank you to all the smiling encouraging marshalls, to the lady at the finish who helped me to remain standing once I'd got over the finish line, and to all at Sleaford Striders who make this event a pleasure to attend year after year Date of review: February 25, 2014
In short: A great Sunday morning out In full: I love this race! Organisation is excellent, right from the smiley men in the car parks, to the smiley marshalls, to the commentator talking you in at the end. There is always a good mix of the slower runners/first timers, and those young bucks out to show how darn quick they are! This race caters for us all. Cheap as chips to enter, and a great holdall and a towel this year as mementoes. I'll be back! Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Almost excellence for all levels In full: Arrived a bit later this year but still able to find a parking space, collect race number and (clever) chip, and find a loo. The walk to the start seemed to take longer this year and the start is the only thing about this race that I dislike, namely the lack of loos. Got a bit fed up of seeing the guys watering the trees, and although there was a wood which people were using as a loo I would not have felt comfortable doing that. Other than that, a great occasion, marshalls were fab, jelly babies very welcome and plenty of hydrating. Stewards in the stadium seemed a bit more cheerful than last year, and a stadium finish is always special. Many thanks to the Team who have worked hard to put this event on for us, and who took note of the feedback from last year. Thank you all!! Date of review: April 28, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation and brilliant marshalls made the day! Will be back next time.. In full: This had the potential to be a nightmare first full marathon for me due to the unseasonal heat but the organisers had thought this whole thing out and provided extra water all the way round, the marshalls were brilliant, and the support from residents/holdaymakers really made the day.
No problems finding the venue, we arrived a bit late to park at the school but hubby was able to move the car once the runners had all set off.
I personally had a very positive experience and am hoping for a cooler day next year so I can slice at leat 30 minutes off my time! Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Shame about the finish In full: You need to get here early as the village gets completely clogged after 10.00 am. The main car park seemed to be full of caravans this year. Was expecting to have to pay for parking as the pack specifically metioned it but nobody collected the money.Wouldn't have minded paying. The finish was really bad this year - it was difficult actually getting over the line and to the water and tee shirts - liked the design, they were better than last year. Getting away after the event was easier this year but I suspect this was because we stopped for an ice cream rather than just shootong off. Date of review: June 12, 2011