In short: Tough course, but one of my favourite events In full: This is the second year I have entered this event, and it just gets better. Organisation was spot on, both pre-event and on the day itself. The marshals really made the day too - always very supportive, enthusiastic and helpful. The route is very tough, and I'd say there is zero potential for a PB (unless you're a goat). However, as something to challenge your ability, you'll not find much better. Will definitely be entering again next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: Brilliantly organised and great atmosphere In full: This was a toughie. I only ran the final day in what was a 5 day event (5 marathons in 5 days), but I saw enough to recognise just how well looked after the 5 day runners were. There was a full event site set up a with heated race HQ tent. The HQ tent included registration, pre and post massage, and what was effectively a self-service canteen with hot food, drinks etc. The course was, as the name of the race clearly states, a hell of a hill. It was an 8 lap course going up and over Rivington Pike, with a refreshment station set up at the start of each lap. The 'downs' became as brutal as the 'ups' by the 7th lap and there were very few flat stretches of trail. This was probably the toughest marathon I've done yet, and I have great admiration for those that did the full 5 days. Everyone was still smiling at the finish line though. All in all, this was a great event, with fabulous marshals and a very friendly bunch of runners. I'll definitely be back next year, and may even give the 5 days a crack. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Brilliant and brutal, all at the same time In full: Massive thanks to Phil and all his team for putting on such a great event.
The organisation was spot on, pre, during and post race.
The marshalls and mountain rescue round the course were fantastic. Massive respect to them for turning out and putting up with the biting cold. In fact, as tough as the course was, I reckon the marshalls had it worse than the runners, having to stand around in such freezing and gusty conditions for so long!
The course itself was really good, with some great scenery, challenging climbs and fast downhills.
I was royally knackered by the end of the race, but still beaming from ear to ear, which is always a sign of a good event in my book. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: My favourite race In full: Fantastic event. The organisation was spot on in all respects, from the build up to the event (the pre-race emails, as well as being useful, always raise a smile!) to the day itself.
Yes, there was a delayed start, but only to allow those waiting for buses at the car park to get to the start line. In other circumstances this might have been an issue, but it was communicated well, and there were plenty of places to escape the cold pending the eventual start.
The marshals are some of the friendliest I have experienced, and the runners themselves were a really good bunch.
Value for money is extraordinary - I really don't know how so much can be squeezed out of such a low entry fee. I would pay the entry fee for the quality of the event alone, but add to that a technical t-shirt, a great medal and a goody bag choc-full of all sorts of delights….and you have yourself a champagne race for beer money! Date of review: February 11, 2013