In short: Hard as nails In full: Incredible scenary, horrendous weather seemed to add to the experience, 3 very punishing climbs including a leg breaker at 21. Its a unique running challenge and as long as you run it knowing the PB will be left at the door like I did you can really get out there and run without any pressure, just enjoying the day and the experience. Date of review: October 29, 2015
In short: Need race pens In full: sixth year in a row running this, and I am normally allocated an elite runner number but for some reason not so this year. Had to jump over and back a barrier to get near the 95 min pacer. Would make sense to have several time pens with pacers rather then the current system which is a bit of a free for all. Race was great, especially love the change to the route after weetwood and flying down butchers hill was the most memorable part for me. They seemed to have moved the last water station this year, so I was gasping for a drink at 12 miles but couldn't get one :(
Overall:Great big city HM, tough 1st half, fast 2nd half.
In short: Leg Breaker In full: Wow whats brutal course this was. Plenty of inclines and declines, well thats pretty much all it was, including an energy sapping 'mad mile' around the 9th mile. However despite the howling winds an hills I had a great day. The race was mainly made up of club runners, but their was a very friendly and warming vibe on the day, so unattached runners would feel very welcome i'm sure. The scenery was quite bleak I must admit, but it was the course itself which made the day for me. Any serious runner who wants to test themselves and their metal needs to try this course at least once. I pulled a HM PB too, but I dont know how. Date of review: February 19, 2014
In short: Fun day out In full: I’m always weary of a race that has ‘fun-run’ in the title as it suggests to me poorly organised. However no such worries here thankfully. Ran the race on a barmy sunny Sunday in October and the course was a full 10k loop of the quite scenic grounds of Bramham House / Park. The course itself was a mixture of tarmac paths, dirt tracks, and occasional off-road muddy woods. It made for a very interesting run, and the terrain seemed to be quite a mixture of flats mixed with quite short burst up or down inclines. Definitely not a PB course though.
The only criticism I would have of the race is that it is a dual 5k and 10k course, with the 10k meeting up with the smaller 5k course for the last 2-3km. A lot of people were doing a charity walk of the 5km course, so by the time the 10k runners hit 7km they were met my a bit of an obstacle course getting round some of the larger groups of walkers which could number up to 10. Surely it would be quite easy for race organisers to instructed walkers to stay to the right and runners to the left .
In short: Very special course In full: especially liked the way how the course was Effectively like doing 2 very different half marathons back to back, with the very unique tunnel part breaking up the courses. The drums coming out of the tunnel were inspired and really got the blood pumping.
1st half of the course was very scenic when you got to Brighton prominade, and the nice sea breeze kept you cool.
2nd half was stunning running through the city whilst the heartbreak hill was challenging yet very rewarding once you reached the top. Sefton park seemed to go on forever, but then the file 1.5 miles is mostly downhill and carried me over the line.
Will defintly be back next year. Date of review: October 15, 2012