In short: First half great, but from 8 miles it hurt... In full: I won't echo and repeat too many of the comments listed, but my thoughts virtually mirror those posted by fellow runners following Sunday's half. The organisation, atmopshere and preparation (for an event far smaller than Bristol or Bath) was spot on and probably the best I have experienced. However, the race course ruined it for me. The steady climb from 8 miles began to take its toll, expecially as the cloud broke and the sun came out to more than warm up the occasion. I was on track for a PB at 9 miles but then the wheels well and truely fell off as I entered the race course. Sharp climbs at a time when your body is starting to ache, followed by a desolate, windy and baron circuit (that looked more like 3 miles in circumference) around a lumpy race course with no support. Negative mind games a plenty as I watched my PB slip away as I lumbered past people either walking to stretched out on the floor tryig to rid themselves of cramp. I consider myself a pretty experienced half runner, but this was the first time I've struggled that badly. A challenge? Yes, but the final 3 miles was out of kilter with the terrain and atmosphere of the first 10. I'd like to go back and exorcise my demons, but maybe not next year as I'm still scarred from the experience. Bristol next week, which I know is flatter, but not nearly as scenic. This sounds like a negative review. It's not meant to be, but the race course ruined it for me as the other 70% was so favourable! Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Well organised race. In full: My first time running this race. Organisation lovely and smooth. Number pick up on the morning was fine, no queuing, short queue for baggage drop off. Two laps means water stations are well placed every 3 miles. Enthusiastic marshals, and plenty of local support. Good sprint finish up the last 100 metres. Free parking in the multi-story car parks was great, close to the start/finish, no hassle. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Enjoyable! In full: Lovely Village, great common run, friendly people, well supported, brilliant tech t shirt & coaster medal, try it, you'll love it! thx Rob Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: well organised, fantastic atmosphere,loads of spectators. In full: This was a well organised half marathon, great route, loads of water station, fantastic support all the way round,chip timing spot on,great atmosphere and loved my goodie bag. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: An old school road race In full: Not too big or small. Plenty of parking. Well organised. Very relaxed feeling despite it being the veterans British championship race. Tough first half. Nice t shirt. Brilliant to have a 2 minute walk down to the beach after and enjoy a leg cooling paddle! Date of review: September 9, 2014
In full: Everything first class, apart from my performance. troublesome knees meant I had to walk virtually all of the second half. Great support all the way round, and particularly from other P.P. runners at the finish. Thank you. Thanks to P.P. for superb organisation, and all marshals and helpers on the day. I'll be back next year!!! Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Excellent race - lovely course, great organisation, beautiful day In full: My full review can be found here: http://420to240runninggeek.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/chippenham-half-marathon-2014-race.html Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Tough but great fun In full: What can I say, the best 10k I've ever run. Every part of the race was very well organized. As for the course it was very challenging with hard hitting hills & descents with good recovery sections. The views of the kent country side around the course was to die for. Marshall's were fantastic & very encouraging so give yourselfs a pat on the back. If you are thinking of running a off road 10k that will test your fitness, this is the one for you. Will defiantly be back next year.AWSOME.!
In short: Amazing starting on the bridge and running over it at the finish In full: Brilliant run, loved the bridge and the scenery. Nice flat-ish course with the exception of Mt Everest at about 7 miles, just to add a bit of challenge.
Only word of constructive criticism is that the collection of the goodie bags after the finish was a little chaotic.
Looking forward to next year. Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Excellent mid sized event In full: If you don't like the packed roads in the big city Half Marathons (I don't) then this is the ideal tonic. Good fast course with enough runners for company but room to run. Start and finish run like clockwork and plenty of friendly Marshals on the course. Up there with Fleet HM as one of the best in the South Date of review: September 9, 2014
In full: Great half marathon. Some real challenges but the marshals, water stops and little extras like jelly babies on condition you kept running up the hill from the marshals. Thanet at its best and great value Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: Fabulously organised event In full: First time I have done this race but won't be the last. The organisation was excellent from start to finish with marshals everywhere, loads of drink stations and lovely cakes for sale at the end. £17 was excellent value especially as we received a nice bag pack, goody bag and excellent high qualtity training shirt. I did this as part of my training for Bournemouth a Marathon in 4 weeks and I can definitely recommend it to anyone doing an autumn marathon who need a challenging course to run on but not worried about failing to get a pb. Date of review: September 8, 2014