Sam Baxter

Leek, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Member since Aug 2016

My Completed Races

2018
Peak Skyline
2018
Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon
2017
Ashbourne 10
2017
Potters 'Arf Marathon
2017
Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon and Half Marathon

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.8

Very scenic

This is the first trail run I’ve done. The course was fully marked, the race briefing was very informative and the marshals were very helpful. The 7 hour cut-off for the half was very generous. The scenery is second to none.

Posted on 06.08.18

Well organised

The registration was easy and straightforward. The cost was very reasonable, £25, and cheaper than most other half marathons I've done in the past. The briefing at the start was clear and concise with all of the relevant safety aspects of the race. The waves were a great idea and not too many people starting at the same time.

There was very little local support due to the nature of the race being on the canal, but that was ok for me on the day as I didn't want the distraction of people cheering me on, but that's just my personal opinion.

I would recommend this race if you want a nice (mostly) flat course and no self-navigation needed.

Posted on 15.07.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.1

Well organised

The event was well organised before and on the day. The pacers did a good job, but had balloons, to advertise their pace, that popped easily. The feed stations were ok, but with the high temperature, they were well stocked with water. The first 6/7 miles were a bit dull with going around the streets of central MK, but improved afterwards. There were plenty of marshals throughout the course who were always encouraging. 

Posted on 08.05.18

Completed in 2018

4.7

Yet again, I enjoyed it

The registration was simple enough. Literally no navigation needed as you can’t get lost. Marshals were very encouraging. Feed stations were just water, but that’s all you needed. 

Posted on 29.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Amazing event

I thoroughly enjoyed this event. It was well organised. The marshals were very knowledgeable and very encouraging. The logistics was fantastic, with the shuttle bus to/from Newcastle and the race village had everything I needed. The natural beauty was second to none and there was bery little navigation required.

 

My only criticism was the water stations. They only had water and another drink in white cartons (I didn’t have that), but they were well stocked. There was no food available though.

 

 I would highly recommend this race to anyone who wants a challenge.

Posted on 08.10.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Very well organised

Race to the King

I thoroughly enjoyed this event. The registration was simple and straightforward - there was no hassle with the website. The communication was very informative and regular emails had all the necessary resources you needed. One slight issue was that the organisers didn't specify which Park & Ride the shuttles were leaving from Winchester on the morning, but a simple email from me soon cleared it up. The logistics were very good. There were shuttles to the start and from the finish, the 'race village' at the start had everything you needed, the finish was well payed out with toilets, food etc and the route was very well signposted. The aid stations were very well stocked with plenty of food and drinks to keep you going. The marshals at the aid stations were very helpful and wanted to help. The cost might be a little pricey, plus add-ones like the shuttle bus, but as a one off it might be ok. The scenery is stunning.

All in all, RTTK is a very good event. I'm glad I've taken part, but a little over priced in my opinion.

Posted on 25.06.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

Hills

Love them or hate them, there were plenty of hills. There was plenty of support from the locals and it wasn't the biggest of field of participates (I think there 1,800 runners who took part, which is a good thing in my opinion). There was enough aid stations and were well manned. The communication was great and the start & finish worked really well

 

My only slight gripe was that the first mile marker was at the six mile point, but were accurate afterwards. This was a minor issue for me. The roads weren't fully closed, with runners on one side and traffic on the other, but it takes a little common sense to keep clear of the cars.

Posted on 11.06.17

Completed in 2017

4.6

Very well organised

The registration was very clear and an easy process. The communication was very clear and gave out all the neccasary infomation well. The aid stations were well staff, but could have had more variety on them. There was plenty of directional signage. There was a few of the mile markers missing, but I have my so that wasn't an issue. There was some crowd support and the finishing straight was amazing.

Posted on 29.05.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Very well organised

I thoroughly enjoyed this race and I believe the rain added to the event. There was plenty of aid stations all with encouraging marshal’s at them. The marshals were very encouraging and I think there was just enough for the course. There was an amazing atmosphere on course, maybe because of the rain or the enthusiasm of the marshals. There was close to no navigation needed as there was enough directional signs on course and the mile/kilometre markers were accurate.

My only slight criticism was that the race briefing was muffled over the tannoy with all of the rain.

The course itself was an out and back along the Tissington Trail, which is very scenic and picturesque. It was value for money, it was very well organised and I would recommend it to anyone.

Posted on 05.03.17

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

Not my first time at this event

The entertainment on course was really enteraining and certainly made the difference. It was very well supported and the aid stations were very well stocked and marshalled. The route took in some of the famous Liverpool landmarks. The medals are very nice as well.

Posted on 31.12.16

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Very well organised

I enjoyed this event, it was well organised and it was very well supported. The race village was well supported with plenty of space for the bag drop.

The half and full marathons all started together with the half taking on the same route as the first half of the full. I thought this was a good idea overall.

I would certainly recommend this event.

Posted on 31.12.16

It could have been better

This was the second time I had run this marathon as I had a a cracking time the year before. The lead up to the event, the communication was great with plenty of e-mails and social media.

 

The baggage drop on the morning was a little over-crowded, but I was in and out quick enough. There was no segregation between waves at the startline, so anyone could start anywhere. The mile markers were all over the place - they weren't a mile apart and there were two 22-mile markers. Then there was the baggage collection. There wasn't enough staff handing out the bags. I waited four hours to collect my bag and I heard others waiting longer.

 

I was a very flat course and the support was very good throughout. The aid stations were well stocked, plenty of marshalls and had the stuff you usually expect.

Posted on 31.12.16

Completed in 2016

4.1

I enjoyed this event

This is a smaller event that I've done in the past with a smaller field and the spectators were few and far between. There weren't too many marshalls on course, but I don't think they were needed. There was a couple of aid stations, from what I can remember, and the nutrition on them was really good compared to other marathons I've done.

Posted on 31.12.16

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.3

Very enjoyable

The run itself was very flat with very little navigation. The only hills were the locks along the canal. The information provided beforehand was sufficient either over social media or by e-mail. The aid stations were in regular intervals, were well stocked and well staffed.

The only criticism I had was that at the race registration, I received my race number, tech t-shirt and medal. I attached my number to my top, but was left with the t-shirt & medal, so I left them in the baggage drop. As I hadn't planned to leave anything there, I had to leave them in the poly bag they came in.

This was my first ultra and I would highly recommend it. It was well organised and the scenery was amazing.

Posted on 23.08.16