In short: Absolutely awesome form start to finish In full: What an incredible race. Organisation was brilliant and every single volunteer enthusiastic and supportive. Where else do you get a quality hoody and decent food at the finish, plus incredible support form marshals, water stations and officials at every step. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great race for runners and supporters In full: This is the first time I've run this race and although it didn't go to plan in terms of my time (unlike for most people who get a PB) I did enjoy it.
I was at the back for a lot of it and if you prefer to be in a race with a lot of people but you're not very fast this is something to consider as you will be either on your own or in a very small group for a lot of the race.
The course itself was good, the lanes were wide enough that you didn't feel cramped when being over taken and had sections where the hedges were high enough to provide a bit of shade to cool you down. When cars were passing the runners helped each other out by shouting 'car', this was not too often so didn't really have an impact on the race. From mile 5-7 the course is a bit more rough with pot holes and stones but didn't cause any problems. If like me you were struggling a bit the fact that I could see the finish line with 3 miles to go was not very motivating but I'm sure if you're on for a good time it would be!
The best part of this race though has to be the people who organise it, there is a clear passion for the event from everyone involved and they just what volunteers should be - I even saw someone wearing a Sport Maker t-shirt which proves the Olympic Legacy of volunteering lives on!! I must also mention the water girls who also clearly enjoyed trying to get the runners to pick them to take water from :)
All in all a very good race and with the lovely weather I couldn't fault it. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Quite flat, well organised In full: Well organised race, start area excellent with parking and Xscape outlets. Number of underpasses and small hill near end detract from flatness but overall pretty flat. Water stations good. Might have expected food or goody bag at end. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Race designed for runners by runners In full: First time for me in this race and I can't put into words how well organised this race is - it puts bigger and more famous races to shame. Right from the start the whole event went like clockwork. This is a challenging route with several 'undulations' to keep you occupied. The semi-rural course passes through local villages which gave great support to the runners. The best part of this race is the marshalling - such an amazing level of support and encouragement to all runners and lots of friendly banter all the way round. I would recommend this race to any runner but particularly those training for a spring marathon. Getting a hoodie at the finish is great - you always see an Ashby 20 hoody at any race you go to which probably reflects how highly runners regard this event. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Superbly organised welcoming race In full: Very well organised race, with friendly marshals. Mostly fast course; except for the very big hill at 8 km (nice downhill afterwards) ! Amazing cakes back at HQ afterwards. Congratulations LFR for a very enjoyable day. Shame for them that the date clashed with MK Festival of running; which must have diminished numbers. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Pretty damn good for an inaugural event. In full: Have to agree with the sentiments of most of the reviews so far...
Very good for a first time running - friendly marshals; great course (mixture of town and country); plenty of toilets at the start, bottles (not cups) for the water; parts of the course with nice wide roads; no queues for the bag drop/collection and, as you expect, chip timing. Loved the stadium finish. The app was a nice touch - although I couldn't see the update messages on the day!
The (minor) cons... please don't add more participants until the roads en-route are wide enough throughout... for me though it was fine when running on wrong side of road (before the leaders doubled back).
Complete chaos at the start - pens far too small and no policing of runners into them. Of course result was having to overtaken the over ambitious first timers for first few KM!
What happened to the music for the warm up?
More tea/coffee stalls at start for my supporters please!
Some food at end would have been great, and a wider path out of the stadium too!
However, most of those are minor points - a well organised race I'll probably come back to again!
In short: Good way to start the weekend In full: It's a nice flat quiet course, and on a cold bright morning it's very scenic. The marshals are cheerful and helpful. Couple of minor points - my garmin measured 10.30 miles, which seemed quite a big in accuracy over the distance - though I didn't hear anyone else mention it, so maybe just me. Also the toilets were still locked 5 mins before the gun, which the organisers were doing their best to resolve, but it made for a bit of a rush. Overall though, enjoyed it and would recommend. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great for a PB providing the weather is good, open to the elements across the Romney marsh In full: Personally a great race for me, 3rd time for me this year and a PB every time. A few pot holes at about 6 miles on a single track course but didn't slow me down. Good level of marshalling and water stations. I do like the U-turn at about 5 miles where you see the runners behind you coming towards you, a nice touch. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Weather was glorious which had an impact. In full: A great race which I would do again especially as it starts in Woking in 2015. However the start was chaos. There was no control over the holding pens and pretty much a free for all. Queuing for the holding pens went back into the village and it took nearly 2 mins to cross the start line. I was passing people who were clearly out of the pacing bracket for a long time. Also I think consideration should be given to use the whole road, at the start, as there wasn't enough room on one side. Post race free massage was a very welcome touch. Very expensive £30-35 for a half marathon compared to £32 for a london marathon marathon ballot place. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Brilliant race will certainly do next year In full: Brilliant day from the minibus at the start to the mugs in the finishing bag. Really well organised, especially for a first time, and great support at the checkpoints. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: We'll done In full: Very we'll organised for a first event, obviously an enormous amount of effort and research went into the planning of the event. My only feedback would be some proper segregation at the start, lots of slower runners at the front caused some congestion and no nutrition at the end. A couple more fast food stalls would have helped a 40 minute queue for a tea a bit too long. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great start for this new race In full: Fantastic organisation for inaugural race. Just a few minor points Agree with others that a bit congested in first few miles so definitely need to keep numbers at 5000 maximum. Pens need policing. Would be nice to have an energy drink plus banana or chocolate bar at end.
Great to see a decent amount of toilets for a change so people don't resort to using park/ people's gardens. Fantastic first effort, a lot of other races could learn from this.
In short: Pretty flat except for hill at mile 13! In full: A nice race. No goody bag or food at finish which is surprising considering the fee to race. Medal ok. Good buzz and lots of supporters Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: well organised and improved route. Good potential for a PB or also a good first half marathon. New chip timing a good bonus. Car parking queues were a bit long, but not sure how this could be improved. Enjoyed my 3rd time here and will be back. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In full: To sum this up in a few words.... Not trained since the end of Jan when my last long run was cut short and ended up getting a bus home, physio on my knee almost weekly, not being able to run more than 4 miles without knee aching yet having entered I was still determined to give it a go. The organisers kindly let us set off early as we were planning on walking the route with a bit of running injury permitting. A respectable 5:55 later we crossed the finish line having ran about more than we were expecting to. Great organisation and friendly marshals offering lots of food & drink at the feed stations. Having done some of the big marathons this is now firmly my favourite and right on my doorstep. In fact I enjoyed it that much I've entered Hell of a Hill in November now. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: A really nice race. A bit more undulating than expected In full: I was supposed to be doing this with a friend but he opted for the 10k instead. The parking was hassle free and the xscape is a great venue as there's so many food outlets and shops for your waiting friends and family. the start was confusing with the lead marshal not having any amplification so hardly anyone could hear him. I think everyone got under way safely. The course itself was good but a bit of a tester. A bit more up and down than I was expecting (definitely not pancake flat). there were also a lot of bollards and a few bottlenecks . the support was nice and it was really tempting to stop for a pint at a couple of the pubs on the way round. the marshals were really nice although if i hear oggy oggy oggy one more bloody time. Loads of runners of all abilities and the atmosphere was pretty friendly so beginners should be happy with this race. Not sure £18 for their technical top was worth it and yes a banana would have been nice. I did like the medal but it's always a shame though when they don't even get it out of the bag for you, although with nearly 2500 runners i can understand why. A really good race although only my 2nd half marathon. Will definitely do it again next year Date of review: March 10, 2014