5 mile trail run around the beautiful surroundings of Cannon Hall. Quick and easy registration and number pick up on the day.
The route is off road with a very small portion on the road. The route was well marshaled with very happy cheering marshals. Easy navigation with a marshal at every corner.
The 5 mile was 2 laps and the 10 miles 4 laps. Beware the killer hill at the start up to Cannon Hall!
But the absolute best bit of It's Grim Up Norths races are the cakes at the end! The table is always full of home made delights
Posted on 09.05.18
This was my first marathon so I don't have anything to compare it to Marathon wise but as a race it was good. The start pens were pretty easy to navigate although I wasn't sure which was the back of a start area and which was the back!
The roads are pretty potholes so you really had to watch your footing in places. The pacers they had were friendly and helpful and just wanted people to genuinely do their best.
The feed stations had bottled water with sports caps BUT the gels they had were imported from America for the event so you couldn't try them before the day.
There were some toilets on the route beware though people were queuing into the stream of runners at some of them so you had to try and negotiate the queue.
The crowds were good although there is a bit of a dead patch of support when you get out into the countryside at 20 miles. There was lots of people out with jelly babies which are always appreciated.
The finish area did seem quite strung out to negotiate but the medal is a large one and the t shirt a bog standard finishers one.
Would I do it again? Possibly but only if I got a place while it was on offer.
Posted on 08.04.18
What a great place to hold a race. Huge area to park and a really large start area. Lots of permanent toilets on site with not a portaloo in sight. The registration was quick and efficient with picking up numbers taking only a few minutes.
The route itself took you straight out of the show ground and onto footpaths. A good route with no traffic and lots of marshals. Well stocked water station at 5k.
A good t shirt, wooden medal, chocolate and a toasted hot cross bun, what's not to love.
Posted on 30.03.18
A really well organized 20 mile race. The marshals were fantastic and were on every junction. Well placed water stations with sports cap bottles. The last water station also had jelly beans/ babies.
The route quickly took you out of Hull into the nearby country roads surrounding Hull. Beautifully quite back roads and then the last 4 miles are on the disused railway line which has been opened up to walkers.
There are a couple of short sharp hills, the last being less then half a mile from the end.
Friendly club that put on a fantastic buffet at the end.
I certainly would do it again as part of Marathon prep.
Posted on 25.03.18
My 1st time doing this race even though it's really local to me. Great support from the marshals all the way round the course, with locals out in force. I arrived early and parked in the school car park which was perfect. Picking up your number was quick and hassle free with safety pins provided for those who needed them. The route was good and took you out into the villages surrounding Retford. The majority of the route was traffic free with just the last mile on the pavement down the main road.
Posted on 11.03.18
Good route on quiet country roads with minimal traffic. Some slow hills but 90%flat. Good quality long sleeve t shirt at finish. The number pick up and baggage area is in the school gym which was lovely and warm to go back to on a cold day. Parking was about 1k walk away but easy to park with marshals directing you. Good amount of crowd support and lots of marshals out on the route directing both runners and cars. Water station had cupped water and lots available. I would definitely do it again
Posted on 14.01.18
Fantastic setting for a trail run start in a working steam engine yard! Would get 10 stars on its own just for that and seeing the train steaming down the line. Out and back multi lap course. Narrow in places along the side of the canal. Marshals were really friendly and spoke to everyone. The best bit was the home made cakes at the end. It was worth doing just for the cakes
Posted on 16.12.17
Uses part of the half marathon route to the about 2 miles then swings round and loops back. Nice route which takes you out of the city centre. Lots of crowd support and plenty of marshals. Always good quality t shirt and medal. The water stations don't have sports tops on the bottles so beware you wear a lot of the water. Race date was moved in 2017 so as not to clash with other local races.
Posted on 06.12.17
Organised by Run for All and typical of their races. Pretty expensive as races go but it is a city centre start and finish and all on closed roads. The crowd support is amazing and there isn't a single part of the route where there isn't someone out cheering you on. Lots of the local running clubs come out to cheer you on especially at the top of the hill at the half way point. Thoroughly enjoy the route even if half of it is pure unrelenting up hill!
Posted on 06.12.17
Fantastic half marathon starting in Worksop town centre and then going out into the National Trust owned Clumber Park. The last mile is also through the privately owned Worksop College so you can have a good noisy
Posted on 18.10.17
Super flat course only a couple of little inclines up and over a road and then going back to the finish line. Lots of marshals out on the route but there are places where there are no spectators. Don't get caught out like some were though by thinking the finish line is where the start line was! It isn't but another 500m down the road! It's a bit tricky finding you way around the uni campus though when you are dropped off from the coach park. Slick park and run system though
Posted on 08.10.17
The start line had everyone herded into very narrow lanes which desperately needed widening! At about the half way point the route went into a huge housing estate which wasn't particularly scenic!! The finish line is great up at the top of the hill though. Parking and traffic management needed seriously looking at as there were massive traffic jams getting into Lincoln as they had signed the car parks through roads which they had already closed. Not the best start! It felt like the first time the race organizers had put this race on with all the traffic chaos but reading the reviews it's the same every year.
Posted on 01.10.17
Good run through Sheffield on closed roads. Crowds all the way round. Expensive for a 10k but it is a city centre race. Lots of Traffic Management staff out on the route along with marshals cheering everyone
Posted on 24.09.17
Nice to do a local 10 miler. Killer hill in the middle of course but all doable. Good marshall support
Posted on 26.08.17
This race was held last year in city centre and it's a shame the local council wouldn't let it use the same route but the route around the water sports centre was as good. The price is pretty steep compared to other races but you are donating to charity and it's a city centre race on closed roads so it all costs a lot to put on.
Posted on 26.08.17
Well organized 10k with amazing support from locals who were out in force to cheer us on. So many marshalls out there cheering as well. The super mile along the back stretch was an unusual twist. I will definitely be entering again next year
Posted on 26.08.17