Reviewed by Wartsandallmums
2018 entry (June). Cost: £16 (ish)
- Running stalls
- Spectator facilities
- Free parking
Ease of booking 🦊🦊🦊🦊
How many water/fuel stations? One on route with water at the finish.
- No medal
- Goody bag with treats
What was the route like? Hilly
Were headphones allowed? No
Everything was incredibly easy. We got there on time and lots of marshalls were on hand to tell us where to park and where to go to get our race bib. It’s a relatively small event compared to some other races I’ve run. But it’s really well-established and lots of returning runners who know the drill and route.
I was a little perturbed at the sight of a GB Triathlete warming up, or so it said on her tracksuit. I’d already heard the hills were brutal on the route, so the sight of her got my nerves jangling a bit because if GB triathletes wanted to do the race, perhaps it wasn’t for joggers like me.
It was a very warm day, hitting the high twenties with a nice breeze at the very top of the route and in the shaded Trans Pennine Trail path. The route was a good climb but once you got to the 5k mark, it was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed stunning views over the Pennines. During the hilly bit (first 5k) there was lots of support from other runners spurring us on, which was lovely. There was only 190 finishers on the day, so that level of support from such a small field was amazing.
The goody bag was a surprise. We got a pair of running socks and a Mizuno windproof gilet – I was expecting a lot less for the race entry fee. Of all the race mementoes, the gilet and socks are the ones I run in the most. We also got a KitKat (love ’em) and water.
Would I do it again? Yes I would. Definitely.