In short: one of the best halfs on the circuit In full: My fifth time running it (injury stopped me running it last year)I had forgotten how challenging the course is and a slight injury niggle stopped a personal best. Lots of uphill but does not drag on for long before a nice down section. Without doubt the organisation of this race is probably the best I have ever come across. Well organised, loads of loos, supportive friendly and really welcoming from start to finish. Nice goody bag and cakes at the end. Excellent quality field but loads of first timers. A must do event Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: undulating start with flat finish by the sea In full: It was very humid which made the hills very tough, however the second part of the race is nice and flat so I could see potential for a PB. Marshalls were excellent (and very pretty) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Tough In full: So misty that visibility was about ten metres in parts, and with no runners in sight for most of the race, positively eerie. That is why I cannot give it a great rating for scenery because it was mostly hiding on this occasion (I am sure it's usually pretty stunning). BUT lovely to be out in the countryside, with fresh air and a real natural challenge. Organisers had done really well with arrows out on course because this would have been so easy to get lost but I never did, just followed the markers and then would stumble upon a marshall to point me in the right direction. Great goodie bag, nice folk both running the race and running the event. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Nice race on the edge of Oxford In full: This year there were plenty of marshals and the route was very well signed, so no risk of any wrong turns. Excellent race HQ at OXSRAD with showers, cakes etc and lots of useful stuff in the goody bag as well. It's not a completely flat course - the first mile or two seemed slightly uphill - but still good for running a fast time. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: The usual well-organised race on a fast flat course In full: Apart from the first part through the town to the underpass, which has a few tight turns and gets rather congested, the course is wide, traffic-free, and great for running a PB. Marshalling and organisation were both very good, I though they handled the situation of having to stop the runners briefly while an ambulance crossed the course very well. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Well organised and friendly race. In full: Another well organised and friendly race from Thanet Roadrunners.Plenty of marshalls and aid stations en route, with good encouragement from day trippers. The 15-19 mile stretch beside the sea wall is a test to mental strength, well it tested me! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: An ok race In full: Being fairly local to Cheltenham, I knew what to expect and the majority of the race was good, but this organisation team need to seriously consider the following points The racecourse part of the route will stop me entering this race again, which is a real shame. Running this 2.5 miles at the end of the run is soul and mind destroying. I am an relatively experience half marathon runner and I can truly say this is the first time I have finished and been disappointed not with my performance (although was on for a PB until the racecourse) but the lack of thought about when to include a dull, quiet and mixed terrain element into the route. I fully understand the implications of road closures but at almost £40.00 per person, I am sure that this could/should be altered. Listening to comments as I walked back to the car and speaking with some friends who also ran separately with different levels of running ability, my thoughts and feelings on the racecourse were echoed. The energy drink at 9 miles was so sweet and quiet frankly not what any runner would have trained with prior to the event, this would have been a great inclusion in the goody bag. The cost is in my opinion rather high, I entered because it is local and I needed a race I could get to and from quickly this month due to other commitments but I certainly would not pay these prices again. Sadly unless things change, I won't run this local, almost home town half marathon again. Paying for a t-shirt is again a rip off when the entry fees are so high and the good bag was okay but not brilliant. Medal was good though and I personally liked the water pouch at drinks stations. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Loved it... except the racecourse!!! In full: Beautiful day, lovely town and local for me so little stress travelling!. Definite PB potential. Weather was perfect up to mile 10 when the sun burst through the clouds and made conditions slightly uncomfortable although with the end in sight this didnt affect matters. Love the medal, dissapointed there was no t-shirt in the goody bags but all in all a very good race. One negetive for me was the racecourse which I personally found soul destroying but by the time you finish that part you are on a downhill route to the finish so you get over it quickly!!! I will be back! :-) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Impeccable organisation, undulating countryside race In full: Very efficient registration, plenty of loos at the start, lovely course out in the countryside and an amazing goody bag and post race facilities. Looking forward to running next year already Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Another great half! In full: Love my local half, well organised, great course, great support all way around, excellent marshalls and brilliant value for money. Well done Chippenham Harriers:) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Great pre-marathon long race over scenic undulating course In full: Great pre-marathon long race over scenic undulating course, great support from marshals, good race hq at sport centre with free cakes, massage, etc. And for the entry fee, a nice t-shirt and gingerbread man!! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: That's not a hill, it's a mountian In full: Not a PB race, but brilliant for seasoned 10K runners, looking for an extra challenge. You won't ever be on your own, the hilly course and turnstile gates slows every one. But that's great, because friendly marshalls and runners make the route all the more special. Fantastic Kent countryside views and muddy trails make this harder than your average 10K, but the challenge is worthwhile for the views. Just don't say I didn't warn you about the mountain. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: I loved THIS! In full: This is a fabulous day out for everyone. Always important to think of one's supporters! Lots of backing crew available on-site, lots of support, lots of smiles and huffs and puffs. The course IS hard but so, so worth it. I'm trying to wake up now, as I write this. What a brilliant experience. Thank you so much! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Lovely, friendly, well-organised race along the beautiful thanet coastline In full: Impressive organisation from Thanet Road Runners. The course requires there to be a lot of marshals present - they gave great encouragement to the runners. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and put this race together.
Good attention to detail throughout - regular water stops (300ml bottles not cups), good PA system at the start/finish with commentary, individual print out of your result, lovely medal, technical t-shirt and goody bag. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Good race, fast and excellent support in parts In full: This race is a good one for a PB attempt, its flat and the roads are wide so you never get backed up behind packs of runners. The support around the lowry is excellent (Start/Finish,2k mark, 9k-> finish) although the rest of the route is round very dull industrial areas.
The water point at 5k was manned ok for those around my group (43 min) but im guessing they may have struggled at some of the peak flow points as there were only 3 helpers on one side and one on the other. The rest of the route was well marshaled.
The last 1km seemed to go on forever then all of a sudden the end was right in front of you, as someone else said it might have been nice with a 400m to go sign etc but that's a minor flaw.
The major downside was the metrolink communication, and its hard to say if this is the fault of the organisers or metrolink (or a bit of both). Last year the race was delayed due to the metrolink still running along the route, this year the metrolink was off completely on the Eccles line so replacement buses were put on. This wasn't explained at all on the metrolink and nobody was at the stations explaining this. I ended up getting off at Cornbrook to be told i had to get on the next tram going back the same way and get a bus from Trafford bar. After sitting on the bus for 15 mins it moved about 500 yards and they announced that exchange quay (where Frankie and bennys is etc) was the last stop as the roads had been closed "because of some running thing", which considering the bus was completely full of runners we already kinda knew that was on as that's where we were trying to get to. It would have just been quicker to walk in the first place. This could have been Metrolinks fault but it would have been wise for STI to have a rep at Trafford Bar telling people what was going on.
The goody bag was alright for an STI event. it had a tech t-shirt which their other events don't, no food though and lots of self advertising (for club la Sanza). The medal was also a generic Club La Sanza one which had no mention of Salford 10k so will no doubt be handed out at future STI events (Aintree etc). It almost felt like a kids club medal you would get on holiday.
All in all i would do it again at the price point (£15) but if it ever raised the prices to £20+ I would probably do a different event.
In short: The friendliest and by far the best triathlon i've taken part in. In full: Hopefully this won't clash with the Maidenhead Half next time as this is an event to keep coming back to again and again.
A really friendly event, ultra slick organisation right from the pre race information, the genius idea of racking your bike pre-registration and then the event itself. Brilliant marshals and lovely courses.
I stayed overnight at the hotel onsite the night before the race and I'd certainly do that again; a relaxed breakfast and lie in makes such a difference.