John Walton

Bingley, United Kingdom
Member since Mar 2017

My Completed Races

2018
Duncombe Park Trail Running Festival
2018
Colliery Canter
2018
Wortley Wobble
2018
Old Colliery Canter
2018
The Daffodil Dash Temple Newsam

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.5

If it wasn't tough we wouldn't do it

Crazy race. 

Boiling hot, big hills, evil stairs, beautiful setting, great crowd, beer, cake, medal.

Love it.

This event can only get bigger. 

Posted on 15.07.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

Wow

Midnight Sun Marathon

First time I've done this race and it's fantastic. 

Make sure you book a accommodation with black out blinds. Buy duty free on your way in if you want a drink. Do the breakfast run. 

Absolutely beautiful setting. Four of us met up in tromso to do this race. Registration was quick and easy and we all entered the breakfast run for a bit of history and a bite to eat.

The scenery is fantastic, the drinks stations regular and well staffed. The locals, whilst there aren't thousands are loud and really supportive. Whole houses seem to have had parties and we're hanging out to meet us. 

The course is two 'there and back loops' and is flat apart from the Bridge, which is a trudge, but it really is a pb course. The wind was tough the night we ran it and 3 miles from 20 to 23 was tough going into a strong headwind. 

I really enjoyed Norway, great people in tromso, great event. May well go back for the half marathon. 

Posted on 22.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

Mid week flyer

Love an IGUN run. 

Always great value, fantastic atmosphere and well marshalled  

I turned up on a gloriously sunny evening in Wortley. 

Easy registration with the friendly team. Quick, clear race brief and we were off.

The course was along a flat, disused railway line, so mainly fast. For the 10 miler there were 3 drinks stations and loads of marshals offering encouragement.

After a 'there and bsck' on the lines the organisers threw in a mile of steepish hill for the finish just to grim up the race!

Cake, medal and a goody bag and I left a happy man. 

Really good fun, as ever. 

Posted on 21.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

Hardest run I've ever done.

Montane Trail 26 & 13 Howgills

In the beautiful setting of Sedbergh, i should have known better than to let the green hills and blue skies fool me.

As ever registration was a breeze. Helpful, well staffed marshals at hand from start to finish and a friendly atmosphere .

I ran London marathon 4 weeks ago and the fact it was sunny and 26 miles in length they had nothing in common!!! 

The race starts with about 6 miles of climb and i reassured myself that if i took it steady then it was "only" 20 miles, down hill home (IDIOT). 

Up hill was a lovely path, downhill, not so much. The mud began! 

I was really enjoying myself, i whilst i ran alone, there was always other runners offering support. 

The feed station at 14 miles was a welcome sight. Chance for a little rest, flapjack and cola. 

Off again and the real work began. 

Whoever put the last 12 miles together is just plain wrong. 

Loads or twists and turns, sharp little drops and climbs over nasty paths. 

The final insult came at mile 23 with a frankly insulting climb (welcome to hell sign). Thank goodness for the marshal half way up who talked to me when i felt like dying and all the other runners offering encouragement. I felt sorry for the marshals at the top, bet they had many swears. 

Then it was a mile down hill to the finish. Ive never been so glad to see that big red arch. 

I was blown. But medal around neck and a cold diet coke seems to cure most ills. 

It was a brutal introduction to fell marathons. In a perverse way i loved hating it and woukd recommend to anyone looking for a challenge. 

Just fantastic

 

Posted on 14.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

Bloody loved it

Only my second time applying and I got a ballot place.

I don't normally get race nerves but I had butterflies for a week before this race. 

Got the train from Leeds and flew through the expo. (I'm too grumpy and it was too busy). Got a reasonable night's sleep and met a friend to travel in to the red start. 

I walked from red to blue in glorious sunshine and soaked up the atmosphere. I managed to bump into quite a few of my club in the blue start. 

The race start was crowded, as I expected and so I had settled for a slightly slower first 2 miles. With the heat I had decided to drink every 2 stations to get the balance right (that went out the window after mile 10 when I took a bottle at every station). 

I had taken salt tablets and gels and took one of each at alternate 3 miles starting at mile 12.

The course was fantastic, some of the views were breath taking, I'll never forget tower bridge. The support was on another level, I had taken my music but think I heard 3 songs on the entire route. 

I met my family at mile 21, they were giving out ice pops to people and that was a welcome break, I was 5 mins ahead of my target time with 5 miles to go. 

It always amazes me how fast things change on a long run, mile 21 I'm fine, mile 24 I'm in bits and walking. 

I missed my target time by a minute but don't care, the day was fantastic and I finished. 

 

Posted on 30.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.3

Always brilliant fun

I may have mentioned that I love Grim Up North runs. The atmosphere is brilliant, it's friendly and inclusive. I've never come away from a run feeling let down. Today was no different. 

The course was a mixture of trail (around the disused colliery), canal tow path and two short road sections. The mud was muddy and the trail wasn't muddy. The hills were steep but the flat was flat. You got all sorts.

It got a bit like whacky races on the laps with a bit of confusion, but I ended up running the correct distance (if not 100% the correct course).

No one I spoke to seemed to care about a bit of confusion, we came to run, enjoy, have a bit of a chat on the way round and eat the cake (always loads of cake). 

If you want a relaxed, easy going, enjoyable race environment, this is the place for you. If you're going to get uptight about the course being 200yards too long or 10 mins late starting... May be not so much.

 

Posted on 14.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

First tri of the year

Really enjoyed my first tri of the year. The setting was first class, the amenities at edge hill University were fantastic 

400m in a well organised pool swim, quick transition and off around the rolling countryside on partially closed, well marshalled roads. Rack up and a 5k around the University, twisty and technical first half then open fields for the second. 

The marshals and team were brilliant. 

 

Posted on 09.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

Freezing cold, ankle deep in mud, hills and everyone is smiling

The craziness that is Its Grim Up North continues. 

Easter Saturday in the beautiful settings of Temple Newsam saw me getting my last long run in before VLM. I could have picked an easier run!

Daffodil dash was a mix of hills on a multi terrain, mud fest with ankle deep puddles, rain and freezing wind. Fantastic!!! 

The marshals (bless them) were brilliant, the views were lovely and the cake at the finish line made it all worthwhile.

Ive nearly thawed out now and I'm looking forward to the next instalment of IGUN lunacy at the colliery canter - I hope it's just a few degrees warmer.

 

Posted on 31.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.6

Brilliant

Stayed with friends and drove into London double  early (clocks had gone forward). Parked up easily.

Jibbed the queue a bit and joined right near the front. Started dead on time, what a brilliant run. Twisting through the centre of London with fantastic support, choirs, music and great sights. 

Fairly flat and deffinatly fast. 

If you can get in to next year's do it. 

Posted on 25.03.18

Completed in 2018

0

Great leg tester

That canal is not flat!!!

I entered the ½ as a training run on recovery from injuin.

It was bloody freezing today. Is it ever warm in Slaithwaite?

As ever IGUN runs are brilliantly organised, really friendly, small and may offer a huge amount of cake at the end.

I enjoyed my run so much, I ran 20 mikes (bonus 7 miles)

Look forward to the next one. 

Posted on 25.02.18

Completed in 2018

4.6

Great leg tester

That canal is not flat!!!

I entered the ½ as a training run on recovery from injuin.

It was bloody freezing today. Is it ever warm in Slaithwaite?

As ever IGUN runs are brilliantly organised, really friendly, small and may offer a huge amount of cake at the end.

I enjoyed my run so much, I ran 20 mikes (bonus 7 miles)

Look forward to the next one. 

Posted on 25.02.18

Completed in 2018

4.6

Tougher than you'd think.

Great North West Half Marathon

After a few weeks out woth injury I was slighsli nervous before the race.

So i set off miles too fast.

In previous years the weather has been terrible but this year it was cold and relatirela still.

I set a good pace (for me) for the first 6 milesm then my calf started tightening up. I nursed it through the next seven miles. The cold was cold but out of the wind was warm.

As Everett FCR marshals were brilliant.

The organisation and administration were reallr well run. And the medal and tshirt were great keepsakes 

Will definitely  return 

Posted on 25.02.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.5

Titus trot always flat and fun.

Saltaire always provides a beautiful backdrop to a run. 

Was cold and a bit drizzly when we gathered on the canal to set off running. Last year I has torn my Calf and marshalled so was looking forward to running. 

The course is mainly flat, well finished tow path with a few killer locks (5 rise lock) and road crossings to manage. 

There was good marshalling on the course and the feed stations are well stocked and regular. 

Unfortunately for me I had to DNF at half marathon distance, nothing to do with the race. 3rd time lucky next year. 

Posted on 06.01.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Cold wet and frosty but full of Christmas

Elsecar Santa Dash

The weather didn't stop the smiles. 

It rained: we smiled, it froze: we skated.

Alovely setting for a great fun run and so much cake!!!

My dog wasn't pleased but we herded elves. 

Posted on 17.12.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Another good run

Had the pleasure to tail run the Elsecar marathon today. Fantastic course, great organisation, brilliant value. 

No one can control the weather and it was icey in patches but common sense and trail shors got us through.

Well done to all the runners. 

Posted on 16.12.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Flat and fast

I love an 'it's grim up north' event. Small and friendly with a great atmosphere. So about 200 of us assembled on the side of the canal on a freezing December morning.

5 different distances on offer, due to the weather forecast (snow and ice) the marathon course was changed to two half marathon loops to keep everyone within 3 miles of the start finish. Turns out wasn't to bad at all, a few patches of ice.

The races test you mentally and physically, you are not in a pack, there's no cheering support, just you, your legs and your head. The course is flat, straight along the canal. In places it's beautiful in places urban. 

Loved it. Ran a marathon PB. 

Will be back. 

Posted on 11.12.17

Great fun

Who thought a 4 lap ultra was a good idea?

Some great marshals, good, well stocked food stations, beautiful scenery and fast flat sections made it a memorable run. 

Love grim up north events and I'll definitely be back for more 

Posted on 19.11.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

First duathlon

I really should check how far away races are before I enter.

The lovely 2.5 hour drive down the A1 wasn't the best preparation. 

However the logistics, registration, racking, briefing were really well organised. 

The course is flat and fast.

10k (fastest of the year) dine. Onto the bike. Omg the wind and cold bit hard. Let's not discuss me doing 17 Laps instead of 16!

5k finish was well supported by freezing cold marshals, who, despite the cold, were brilliant all day.

T-shirt and medal are brill. 

I'd do it again but mat stay over. 

Posted on 05.11.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Lovely race

always enjoy a grim up north event. Marshals and feed stations are great. Only 5 of us did the ultra but there was a great atmosphere. 

Everyone smiles, everyone laughs. It's not elite, it's tough but its inclusive.

Posted on 21.10.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.5

Enjoyed a beautiful run

Starting and finishing on a race course is always a lovely thing.

The course is undulating and challenging

The feed stations are well stocked and the marshals were fantastic as were the pacers

The good bag is well stocked and the sale of hoodies, buffs and tee shirts a bonus.

My only worry was the responsiveness of the first aiders. I saw quite a few people struggling at the end (and during) and the first aiders seemed to take ages. Maybe they were overwhelmed but it just seemed so slow. 

Posted on 09.10.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.5

Enjoyed a beautiful run

Starting and finishing on a race course is always a lovely thing.

The course is undulating and challenging

The feed stations are well stocked and the marshals were fantastic as were the pacers

The good bag is well stocked and the sale of hoodies, buffs and tee shirts a bonus.

My only worry was the responsiveness of the first aiders. I saw quite a few people struggling at the end (and during) and the first aiders seemed to take ages. Maybe they were overwhelmed but it just seemed so slow. 

Posted on 09.10.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Flat and fast

Sunny (for a change), warm and still. 

Flat loop of a course a perfect pb possibility. 

FCR are always friendly and well organized with great marshals this was no different. 

Brilliant medal. 

Posted on 27.08.17

Completed in 2017

3.6

Flat and fast

Salford is flat and fast. 

It is not beautiful 

It is not rolling countryside 

It's a urban trashfest.

The Marshals and organisation are wonderful and make the event. Waves are well separated and make the event flow without over crowding. 

Feed/drink stations are basic (cups of water) 

Laps have their own challenge (but you know that when you sign up) 

I enjoyed it but probably won't do next year (it clashes with other races). 

Posted on 31.07.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.2

Beautiful swim

Swimming the Thames was lovely. The water was warm and clear, the event was well organised and ran smoothly. There were loads of safety kayaks (for nervous swimmers like me). And, even at 3 am, the whole setting was beautiful. 

The only 2 cons were:

1. Price (tight northerner) it was a bit steep for a 1.2 mile swim. 

2. Catering (fat northerner) one sausage butty man for hundreds of swimmers wasn't enough. I left hungry as queue was too big. 

Posted on 25.06.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Fantastic

EpicMan Lancashire Middle Distance Triathlon

A great day. Sadly no swim, but that was well beyond Epic's fault and out of the ordinary. 

The bike route was beautiful and demanding. Some outrageous climbs and pant tightening decents. 

Lovely run route, flat and semi rural. 

Great Marshals, always smiling, the feed station crews were excellent 

Well done 

Posted on 12.06.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Epic splash

Enjoyed my first epic. Back for more at Derwent Water and Coniston. 

Posted on 06.06.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Hardest thing I've ever done

Outlaw half is fun. 

It hurts, it's the furthest I will compete, it's shattering but it's fun. The organisation and Marshals and food stops are brilliant and you have all the encouragement you need. 

The course is well signposted and again brilliantly marshalled. 

If you want to ache, give it a go. 

Posted on 21.05.17

Blowing up

The course and the organisation for Leeds half is great and normally I would enjoy it, it's genuinely a pb course. 

Posted on 16.05.17

Great run

After last year's baggage hoohar I decided to use a metro park and ride and leave minimal baggage. 

Metro in could not have been easier -would throughly recommend that option Hollinwood to Trafford Bar. 

Loads of loos!!! Hurrah. But might suggest urinals next year. 

Support was utterly fantastic and I'm sure it's not the first time some of those blokes had been hanging around offering jellybabies :) 

Weather was lovely. 

The last 400m lasted forever but the crowd and the band pulled you in. 

Great goody bag and a pint of erdinger. 

Enjoyed the whole day. Genuinely don't have any negatives. 

 

 

Posted on 03.04.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Fantastic Ironbridge

Ironbridge Half Marathon

Had a fantastic time at Ironbridge. Lovely views, great course, Brilliant support with loads of jellybabies. 

Some challenging hills and a bit of mud but just added to a great, enjoyable run. 

Really good value for money with a great goody bag, and with additional t-shirt and buffs at a pound each. Who would argue. 

Posted on 13.03.17