Darren Bottomley

Member since Dec 2016

My Completed Races

Brass Monkey Half Marathon
Conwy Half Marathon
Mossley 10k
Hoka One One Stockport 10
The Oldham Way Red Rose Ultra

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018


Brass Monkey Half Marathon

After missing out last year due to not being aware of the queuing system to register I was awake nice and early to register for 2018.

Race HQ was at the Ebor stand at York Racecourse about a 20 minute walk from York train station.

Facilities there were good. Toilets, bag drop and importantly nice & warm!

The race itself starts just a few yards away from the racecourse and finishes in the grounds.

The course is flat & fast and good for PB potential.

There were 3 water stations on the course. Marshals were large in number and very supportive.

At the finish you were rewarded with a long sleeve top, water and banana.

This is a great early season race and a gives you a good indication of your form after Christmas!

Just remember to set your alarms early for registration!


Posted on 14.01.18

Completed in 2017


Stockport 10

Great end of year race. Mainly road with a couple of muddy off road sections.

Starting on the athletics track before venturing into the park then onto the local roads.

A couple of water stations on the route.

Great support by the many marshals. Finishing at the athletics stadium.

On finishing, you receive a goody bag including Tech t shirt, medal, sweets, flapjack, gel, sports beans & a notepad!

Water, oranges & bananas available at the finish.

Changing rooms, showers & bag drop available

Posted on 03.12.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Conwy Half Marathon

A beautiful day for a beautiful race! This has to got to have one of the most scenic starts to a race! You start in front of the castle and on the quayside. Support was great through Conwy and into Llandudno. The climb up the Great Orme is tough but the views once at the top are stunning. Views across the sea towards the Snowdonia mountains with the sight of Conwy Castle a welcome sight in the distance. The last half mile leads you back across the bridge to a fast downhill finish in front of a large crowd!

Great support from the well organised marshals. A fantastic medal, non technical t-shirt and a bottle of water awaits your finish. Technical T-Shirts could be bought for an extra fee. Baggage drop was also well organised.

Conwy is a lovely little town and is the perfect backdrop for the race

Posted on 19.11.17

Completed in 2017


Wonderful Snowdonia Marathon

Brooks Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

This was my 2nd Snowdonia Marathon and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Its got to be on every marathon runners ‘to do’ list!

Registration is straight forward. You collect your number, t shirt, programme and a complimentary gel.

The atmosphere on race morning is really friendly, in fact the whole event is really friendly!

The course itself is stunning. Mainly road, a few miles off road and 3 lovely hills to climb! 

Support along the course is fantastic especially at Beddgelert. Gave me goosebumps going through there. Was like a scene from Tour De France with the crowd very close to you on either side of the road! The finish on Llanberis High Street also gives you goosebumps. Big crowds awaits you with people shouting your name for the final sprint. 

Foil blanket, slate coaster, hot drink and biscuits at the finish! What more could you ask for!

I’ve only run 4 marathons (2 at Snowdonia) but this must be one of the best out there! 

Posted on 30.10.17

Completed in 2017


Oldham Half Marathon

This is a gem of a race which has recently been overshadowed by the Manchester Half being in the same day. The Oldham Half Marathon is for those that like hills with over 1100ft of climbing and some stunning views of the Pennines. 

The race starts & finishes in Oldham town centre but much of the route is through the semi rural villages of Saddleworth.

The race is well organised and has decent support on each of the Hill climbs. 

Goody bag contained a medal, t shirt and a protein bar with bottles of water, fruit and flapjack freely available at the finish line. 


Posted on 22.10.17

Completed in 2017


Great local race

Mossley 10k is a great local race. Reasonably priced entry fee with option to buy a t shirt.

Number collection before the race was quick & easy. Secure baggage facilities.

Race itself is a challenging course with the last 3 miles being uphill. 

Great support from the local community 

Medal, water, cereal bar & fruit at the finish 

Posted on 16.07.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Edinburgh Marathon

  • Great event 
  • Well organised starting area
  • Good on course support
  • Well stocked water / gel stations
  • Fantastic medal
  • Great t-shirt 
  • Would recommend to others 

Posted on 29.05.17

Leeds Half Marathon

Fantastic start & finish areas and amazing support all round the course

Posted on 15.05.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017


Great first Ultra

Had a great day. My 1st ultra and loved it! Nice t shirt, mug & medal at the finish as well as hot food. Well stocked feed stations too!

Posted on 07.04.17

Completed in 2017


Titus Trot 2017

Great early season flat out and back

Posted on 07.04.17