Leanne Shrive

Corby, UK, Afghanistan
Member since Mar 2018

My Completed Races

2018
Corby 5 mile Road Race
2018
Rugby 6 Mile Road Race
2018
Blisworth 5 Mile
2018
Rutland Spring Half Marathon
2018
Bedford Half Marathon

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

Local Race

The East Midlands Grand Prix Series - Harborough 5

I'm a member of Harborough AC who organise this race.

Registration online is easy, and I had my race number from the rest of the series. I arrived over an hour early, to help if needed and see everyone from the club.

Easy route to follow, no majorly horrible hills but still not a flat route. Lots of marshals and support from the public. The route is mostly country roads, only briefly going through one village.

Lovely, scenic route and great value for money.

Posted on 06.07.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

EMGP Race 4

Corby 5 mile Road Race

Another run in the east mids Grand Prix series.

Easy registration, carried forward my number from the rest of the series.

A hard 1 mile uphill start, followed by a steep downhill mile. The rest of the run is undulating before returning to the steep uphill from the start and back into east Carlton country park.

I don’t recall the feed station at the end as club mates whisked me away to take care of my ongoing injury.

Marshals and spectators were fab, checking I was ok as I was clearly limping/hobbling. Runners who passed also checking on me.

As with the rest of the series, shame there’s no medal or tshirt but you don’t expect much from such a good value series.

Posted on 15.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

EMGP Race 3

Another good event for East Mids Grand Prix.

Easy online registration or on the day, carry forward your number for the whole of the series.

Nice flat/slight downhill start, a few steep hills in the middle and a flat finish.

Good marshal and spectator support, including a time keeper half way.

Shame there’s no tshirt or medal but again part of a series and is a lot cheaper than many races. Maybe a series tshirt to tick off each race?

Water at the finish line but can’t recall any treats so assume there wasn’t any!

Posted on 15.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.8

EMGP Race 2

Another great run for the east mids Grand Prix. Registration for the series or indivual races just as easy as each other - register online, check your race number, arrive at the race and collect race number. Job done.

Nice pretty route with a few long hills to challenge. Good value for money, especially if enter the whole series.

Great marshal and spectator support, one set of marshals had music and were dancing to encourage. 

Nice long down hill finish.

Shame about no tshirt or medal but nice biscuit snack pack and bottle of water and for a budget race can you really expect too much? 

Posted on 15.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

Fab event!

Market Harborough Carnival of Running

As you would expect from the team at Race Harborough a fantastic event all round. 

Registration is easy, you can pick your pack up from around 2 weeks before the event or on the day. 

As the race starts and finishes in different locations it was good that the bag drop met you at the finish, I’ve never done a race a different start and finish line so wasn’t sure what to expect.

Setting off the race is done in a few stages broken up by race distance and anticipated finish time. 

The support from the town was fab, with road closures the course was easy to navigate and extremely safe. The course is a ‘little hilly’ to say the least - 2 major hills but there is support and encouragement all the way. 

There was 2 water stations on the 10k route, one at the top of the biggest hill perhaps would have been better than it being at the bottom - personal preference I suppose!

The atmosphere at the finish was great, lots of support within the carnival show ground.

Chip timing, free photos, amazing volunteers and marshals throughout the course, free post race massage and foam rolling available, medal and technical glow in the dark t-shirt.

Great work from the guys at Race Harborough

Posted on 11.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

Excellent

a fantastic first race for Rutland spring half marathon. Well organised, great route, friendly people. Fantastic food station at the end, great food tent and massages. The only thing I’d change is a technical tshirt instead of a cotton one!

Posted on 16.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

3.7

Beautiful

I completed the spring run in 2018 and it’s beautiful. The course is well marshalled and there’s water stations throughout. You get jelly babies at registration and chip timing which gives you a time almost instantly. A flat and fast course with marshals stopping traffic at the only road cross.

I was a little disappointed with the entry price as for £20 you only got a run of the mill medal (I’m not even sure it says Stanwick Lakes on it) and a banana. It was then also £3 to park - perhaps a discount on this would be good. 

Posted on 01.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4

Last event

A mostly flat course (although on the second lap it certainly doesn’t feel it!), which is good for chasing PB’s. It’s so well organised, with numbers low it allows for race numbers to be handed out on the day, with pens and pins available to complete the information and pin to your top.

The route is dark in places, some runners wear head torches but these are not essential. Almost all runners wear hi-viz or bright colours.

The guys are so friendly and encouraging, there are lots of prizes for m/f age categories, teams etc. Good value for money - everyone gets a medal and unlimited biscuits and water

Posted on 15.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

3.9

Third of the series

A mostly flat course (although on the second lap it certainly doesn’t feel it!), which is good for chasing PB’s. It’s so well organised, with numbers low it allows for race numbers to be handed out on the day, with pens and pins available to complete the information and pin to your top.

The route is dark in places, some runners wear head torches but these are not essential. Almost all runners wear hi-viz or bright colours. 

The guys are so friendly and encouraging, there are lots of prizes for m/f age categories, teams etc. Good value for money - everyone gets a medal and unlimited biscuits and water

Posted on 15.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.9

Christmas theme

Second race of the series

A mostly flat course (although on the second lap it certainly doesn’t feel it!), which is good for chasing PB’s. It’s so well organised, with numbers low it allows for race numbers to be handed out on the day, with pens and pins available to complete the information and pin to your top.

The guys are so friendly and encouraging, there are lots of prizes for m/f age categories, teams etc. Good value for money - everyone gets a medal (Christmas pudding) and unlimited mince pies and water

Posted on 15.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.9

Race 1

A mostly flat course (although on the second lap it certainly doesn’t feel it!), which is good for chasing PB’s. It’s so well organised, with numbers low it allows for race numbers to be handed out on the day, with pens and pins available to complete the information and pin to your top. 

The guys are so friendly and encouraging, there are lots of prizes for m/f age categories, teams etc. Good value for money - everyone gets a medal and unlimited biscuits and water

Posted on 15.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Time flies when you’re having fun

I arrived at Abbey Park a little late so headed straight to the start line and found the pacers for the time I was hoping to achieve. I was between 1hr 15 and 1hr 20 as I was hoping for somewhere around those times. There was group warm up to get involved in and the race was delayed by around 15 minutes.. so the warm up kept going.
Finally, they were shouting 3,2,1 and the mass of runners edged forward. I didn't cross the start line for around 2minutes so clearly a great turnout of runners.


The first 3km were great, I thought I was sticking with my pacers, the streets were lined with people cheering and I managed to spot a few familiar faces. Turns out I was not sticking with my pacers as well as I thought because by the time I got to 4km I'd overtaken the 1hr 10 pacer and I could see the 1 hr 5 only about 200m ahead of me.


I decided to ease my pace a little, keep the 1hr 5 in my sights but not rush to get to him. I sat at this pace for a couple of km's more so by the time I reached 6km I was ready to over take him before settling back into a comfortable pace.


As I neared 7km, I grabbed a water from the volvic station, took one mouthful and binned it. I hate carrying anything when I run and just wanted to wet my mouth more than anything.


Just past the 7km point, I spotted a fellow club runner and decided I to put a bit more effort in to reach her. I caught up with her at the 8km point, said our hello's and words of encouragement before somehow (and I have no idea how!) I managed to keep at this slightly faster pace and get ahead.


As I was nearing Abbey Park and the final km I saw some more familiar faces including my boyfriend, I was so relieved seeing him because I was running out of steam and I knew he would always shout me something encouraging to keep me going.



The final km in Abbey Park was definitely the longest section of the whole run. Someone turned to me and said 'when does this park bloody end?!' I felt the exact same. Eventually we turned a corner and saw the finish line, with 400m to go I picked my pace up slightly. It was only once I reached the final 100m, and hearing some stern words from my boyfriend, that I made it into a sprint and was absolutely delighted to have finished!
I had no idea what time I'd finished in, but I knew I'd got a PB so couldn't stop smiling.


I made my way along to the bottled water, medals and goodbags and found somewhere to sit down and take it all in. Leicester 10k was a really well organised run, with so many smiling faces, waves and cheers from families lining the streets and words of encouragement amongst the runners and from marshals as the passed them.


I finished with a clock time of: 1:03:19


And a chip time of: 1:01:17
   


Posted on 15.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

My first ‘over 5k’ race

I really enjoyed the distance of this run, longer than a 5k but could put more effort in than a 10k.

The run is all the way around the waters edge, missing out the biggest hill - which is great!

A lovely sunny day, a scenic route and great goody bag at the end and I was happy

Posted on 15.03.18