In short: Good fun fast interesting course no problems PB In full: My first visit to Weymouth its nice. Good fast route well marshaled a bit twisty and turning in places. will do again next year Date of review: May 26, 2013
In short: A very well oirganised race. In full: I would highly recommend this race. The course is mostly flat, with a few very slight slopes. Even a slow, elderly runner like me hardly notices the slopes! Very friebdly and encouraging officials. A splendid event Date of review: May 25, 2013
In short: After 20 years of running this was the race I got my best time yet In full: 2012 was the third time I ran this race. 2011 was the full and 2010 the half. Given it is a city race is has a lot of great parks and countryside to look at after the first few miles. I thought the organisers did a great job. there are pockets of crowds to cheer you on. But it is very flat most of the way around apart from the last 3/4 of a mile which is uphill. Leicester is not London, but it's a really great marathon. Speaking to people at the end several had achieved a PB and almost all said they'd be back again in 2013. Worth serious consideration if you are running an autumn marathon. Date of review: May 25, 2013
In short: Fine, a mixed bag... In full: This was only my second half, but I managed a PB that I wasn't expecting, so despite a long gradual hill at about 10 miles in, there's certainly potential for speed.
It was a beautiful hot day, almost too hot! Three water stations with bottles rather than cups were good. Start was badly organised, with a bad PA system, and fifteen minutes delayed. Two missing mile markers were annoying. And 1st and last mile were nice, in Tewkesbury town, and miles 5-9 were in beautiful countryside, but the other 6/7 miles left a lot to be desired - running along A roads and over/under the motorway! And the finish is horrible, where they send you round a corner at the end to make up the distance - killer my sprint finish!! Sweet and water afterwards, kit bag with tech tshirt and medal, good atmosphere at the end (a few villages en route). The base was good with lots of toilets and music etc. Timing chips were good too. And a busy field of runners encouraged me to overtake and keep speeding. But getting out of car park was nightmare - took forty minutes.
Was perfect for me, a beautiful day, a PB, ran with a couple of friends, and had a lovely weekend in Cheltenham down the road. But doubt I'll be back. Think there must be better halves out there. Date of review: May 25, 2013
In short: Where else would you get everything that this race gives In full: For the price of this race it was a well organised race that has one of the best goodie bags I have known at any running event. I loved the yogurts, thanks. Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Brilliant race for beginners and elites alike. In full: Everything that you would expect from a successful event was in place- great marshalls, enjoyable course etc. The finish was particularly good, with the crowd either side of the funnel finish cheering runners home. Excellent goody bag with tech t-shirt, re-useable bottle, snacks and offers was a brilliant bonus. An even bigger bonus was the Runners Village- BBQ, Bar, FREE massage, cake stall and even bouncy castles.. Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Great flat course ... huge PB potential In full: Good organisation, but could do with slightly better road signage to the HQ. Typical fenland course - flat but a bit blustery. This is the one to do if you want a PB - I got one! Liked the idea of beer as a finishing prize ... all that was missing was a bottle opener ;o) Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Very nice race. Brilliant medal. rubish goody bag In full: Relatively Local to us so good start for my second and my wifes first 10k race. We stayed for thee weekend so didnt encouter the traffic issues others have suffered (but this is why we stayed the weekend) Course was fine with an excellent finish past the cathedral and into the castle although quite congested in places which did affect my time. that said the race village was great medal is fantastic but i do agree the goody bag is pretty pointless. Would of liked a t shirt or at least the oppourtunity to purchase one. Will definatley be back next year to beat our times. Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Late start AGAIN In full: I really like this race, I've set PBs twice here but the start of the race really needs to be looked at. It started late, yet again, and this year was colder than last year so your warm up goes out of the window. And yet again, the very slow runners decide starting at the 90 minute mark is perfectly acceptable (in their masses) causing all sorts of tripping and bottlenecks for the first half-mile or so. Once past this point, the race is really good and quite fast. Eccy Road, the city centre and Don Valley has plenty of support, even sections of Brightside Lane in the industrial areas had people lining up - well done the people of Sheffield! We even got a technical t-shirt and a bottle of flavoured water at the end this year, whatever next!! Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Lovely run through the woods. In full: If you like trail running and hills, then this is the run for you. I do, especially when the weather is perfect for running, cool and sunny!.. There was some good crowd support and only 109 runners, so was very low-key this month; but expecting more runners next month when we do it all over again. Enjoyable for the tougher, off-road runner, certainly not for the faint-hearted amongst you... You know who you are... LOL :0) Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Everything you want from a race In full: Excellent race - low key with about 150 runners. Very well organised and friendly race with a mixture of both club and non-club runners of different abilities. Running on sand is fun, (but obviously not as quick as a road race) and the scenary great - hot day with glorious blue sky in the background. The race was cheap to enter and good fun. When you compare it with the BUPA 10Ks at 4 times the cost I would prefer to run the Blackpool race any day. There are several good races I have run organised by Fylde Coast Runners, including The Windmill 10k, Stanley Park 10k and the Great North West Half Marathon, all of which are well organised, good fun and cheap to enter. Date of review: May 23, 2013
In short: The start would benefit from timing pens. Good course for the runners and great for spectators but running a 5k and 10k on a two lap course was a mistake! That said the scenery is excellent. A good event..... Date of review: May 23, 2013