In short: Two (plus) hours to get there, yet it was a brilliant day! In full: My second marathon and I loved it. A great experience. The atmosphere at the start line was lovely, busy and buzzing; so different from the quiet, low key marathon that I did last year - Seabank (Boston to Skegness). Milton Keynes is not flat! The inclines were fairly long, not especially steep yet I suffered with my knees by mile 20. The last 10k I got round on mental strength alone I think! A kind lady let me use her loo at mile 11 (thank you, whoever you are). Spectator support was pretty good, mainly in the town, but there were people dotted about along the course, supporting us. There were dancers en route, a singer, and music. Chariots of fire, very uplifting! There were water stations/sports drink stations galore! Took my own hydration belt but I definitely needed the extra fluid. The stadium finish was fab. I felt like a professional athlete with people cheering and clapping me as I crossed the finish line. Medal is smashing! Parking was bl**dy awful, didn't think I'd need VIP parking, oh how I wish I'd paid extra for it. MK marathon is a great race for beginners and for anyone wanting that big city race experience. Organisation was faultless in my opinion and everything was simply perfect - apart from parking, oh and a 'road marshal' giving us the wrong direction to the stadium when we got to the closed roads. A massive thank you to all the marshals, organizers, volunteers and everyone else involved with the marathon. Also a big thank you to the thousands of runners who turned up on the 4th May; I had a great experience and I'm glad I shared it with you. Date of review: May 14, 2015
In short: 30 mile an hour winds, apparently! In full: Second time at this race. There seemed to be a fair mix of club runners and unaffiliated runners this time round. Most club runners are speedy, I think so if your finish time is around 2:30 (plus) you'll be back-of-the-pack-ish. I'm not a club runner, nor am I one of the 'fast cats' (boo-hoo) but I knew I had to push hard to elicit a faster finish time; the 30 mile hour wind made it all the more difficult! I think beginners would feel slightly intimidated doing the Friskney Half as their first race because it does have a 'clubby' feel to it. That said, don't be deterred, because it is a decent race with a simple 'commemorative' (loosely speaking) medal. No goody bag or banana/fruit or T-shirt at the finish but then the low cost of the race reflects this. Good organisation with friendly marshalls and adequate water stations. F.H makes an excellent training run for those doing a spring marathon. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: Do it for the medal! In full: Just thought I would put fingers to keyboard to say what a lovely little race this was today. Held at Riseholme college, it was pretty straightforward to get to but once inside the grounds we were a little uncertain as to which way to go, a few signs would have been helpful! That said, a small field of mixed ability runners took part in this trail/grass run: club runners and non-affiliated runners; a lady and her dog ran the course; children took part and a physically challenged lady walked the 3.1 course, all of which elicited a lovely atmosphere. Friendly, chatty people including the marshals. I got a bit confused on one section of the run though, as did a few other runners I believe, and that was the 'forest' area. I think more markers/signs are needed round this section. The route is a little obscure in places. The goody bag is GOOD, which you receive before the start of the race! The medal is simply gorgeous with it's unique shape, colour and design. It's quite an expensive run but then it's a charity event and all of the money goes to ex-service men and women and their families. Well worth the money and the hour journey. BRILLIANT. Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Don't stay in bed, go and do it! In full: N.V.H 10 is a well-organised race. I had no difficulties entering on the day. The location is easy enough to find (when someone else is driving!)There was a large turnout of club runners, which I expected and never deters me from entering club races. I really enjoyed the course: bridges, underpasses, woodland trail, roads and paths. I do prefer point to point routes; however this two lap mixed terrain course was pleasant enough and added a bit of variety. Flat road races bore the pants off me. I am 'chuffed' that I got a PB and I am equally pleased with the nice conversations I had with three lovely ladies during my time at the event... Carol,from Yaxley Runners and Joggers,thank you for pacing with me and our lovely chat. Didn't the time just race by?! Hope to see you again sometime and well done you on reaching your target.
In full: Ran this in 2010, 2012 and 2013. It's a must-do race for first-timers as it is a fast, flat course. It isn't a scenic route but it is an enjoyable one; you run through the town, housing estates,long wide roads where spectator support is plentiful. Last year,(2012)outside the church, Chariots of Fire blared out from an old fashioned stereo. For me the music was energizing. Thank you to the gentleman handing out black jelly crocodiles! Someone was giving out jelly babies but they were all gone by the time I rolled up. Must run faster! Had a lovely run. No PB this time but hey does it really matter? A big thank you to all the people of Peterborough who turned out today and a big thank you to the marshalls. Without their teamwork and support our races would be pretty uninspiring and probably non-existent. You do a marvellous job. Date of review: October 19, 2013
In short: O.M.G! In full: This race is excellent but those b****y hills just about killed me off. They seemed to go on forever.(Think I need to do some fell running in training!)I did the Sleaford Half 2 weeks ago. The weather conditions were better, nice undulating course,felt relaxed and comfortable and I got a PB; so, personally, Sleaford Half is the better of the two races. However, N.F is a well-organized race; the marshalls are friendly and supportive and the goody bag is nice! Chip-timing - great. And what a lovely orange Tec T-shirt. Smashing. (Sharon, race no: 464) (Well done, Odette. Thank you.) Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: A special race. In full: Well done Sleaford Striders. What a truly lovely event. I really enjoyed the course, even though the undulations were a little 'testing' at times. (I much prefer hilly/undulating courses, the same-old flat fast course can be quite monotonous at times!) Great organization from start to finish. Encouraging marshalls - good idea to have them strategically placed near finish line to give runners a final 'boost'! Free cuppa post race was smashing. Tec T-shirt was nice too. A few nice bits in goody bag. And photos! What more could you want...? Oh,yes - a PB! (Got it)I wonder if Newton's Fraction is as good. Roll on Sunday... Date of review: March 8, 2013
In short: Great race, great atmosphere, steep hills! In full: What an excellent race! Those hills are a quad killer, but I absolutely loved running up them. For anyone wanting a challenge, something different from the usual flat fast course, then this is the race for you. Don't expect a PB unless you are used to hill training. I've never done any proper steep-hill training but I loved this challenging course from start to finish. Tech T-shirt is nice. Barbeque at finish was a nice touch. Fabulous marshalls, friendly and encouraging. (Sharon, race no: 329) Date of review: September 3, 2012