In short: OK for a first timer, but needs to improve next year In full: I'd agree with the previous comments. The start was odd, with no prompting as some people shot off and others like me, were literally left standing. The main gripe though was the finish and some slower runners (like me) having to compete with cars over the final half mile. With these corrected next year, I would run this again. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Wet, windy, hilly but no fault of the organiser In full: Weather was terrible, wind, rain, freezing cold, but obviously no fault of the organiser. Start is on a little farm with a couple of barns to hang out in and a snack van. Reg was easy and went quick and smooth.
Only gripe was the walk from the school to the farm to start, but that would have been fine in the dry.
As said the km markers were out but that isn't too much of an issue as i use a garmin.
Scenery was great but the course is more hilly than they make out, take advantage of the downhill sections.
Friendly other runners, a good mix of serious and newbies.
In short: Great Value Local Race In full: Great value and very well organised race. Recently moved to Winslow so it is now my local race. Plenty of volunteers and marshals all the way around and the cubs/scouts on the water stations were enthusiastic despite the weather. Run on open roads but mostly the traffic is courteous. Large mix of abilities, from super serious to first timers.
I was very impressed with the way the whole event went, short queues for number pick up and good use of the school facilities. Only gripe is a lack of a medal, get given a t shirt instead which I always throw to the back of the drawer, it is just nicer to have little medal.
I would definitely run again and not just because it is on my doorstep.
Oh and the hill at the end really is not that bad, although I do use it during my training runs so may be biased.
In short: A great run In full: Very well organised. Only complaint this year would be that (i assume) due to the farmers field being closed there was a massive lack in parking spaces. This caused a massive traffic jam so alot of people were late or close to being late. Also it made the first mile very slow as the traffic couldn't be moved in time from one half of the carriageway so the width was reduced by half. Aside from that, a fantastic run, well organised Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: An absolute ripper of an event. In full: This is how to do it. Well organised. Plenty of water in bottles. Sponges. Never had a sponge before. Awesome. Great support. Cracking hoody. Bins for bottles and stuff at every mile marker. Great idea.
In short: Wonderful village mixed-terrain run In full: Lovely day with 3 different runs: 1k, 5k and 10k. A mixture of fancy dress runners, very small children and screaming fast pros. To top it all - great food at the end and a lovely massage. Just how it should be - wonderful day! Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Brilliant! Really great day out from the course to the support to the organisation. It was even sunny! In full: My fifth Coventry Half marathon and, definitley the best! Loved the new course, feels quick. Great support pretty much all the way around. Very good organisation. What more can you ask? A great feel good day out! Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Scenic race, great goody bag! In full: A lovely half marathon along a flat and scenic route. The first three miles or so are a bit congested as it follows the (open) road alongside Kew Gardens but once you hit the tow path it's great. the tow path itself was a little slippery, but what would expect with the weather we've had!! Great goody bag with medal, technical t-shirt, running socks, water and banana and the running village area was good too. Would definately do it or the 10k again! Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Great for a PB and value for money In full: I only entered this race last minute but i'm glad i did. Great PB potential being a flat out and back. Nice running with the sea in view and fresh breeze to cool you down. Well organised for it's 1st year and great value for money. I will definitely do it again. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: What goes up, must come down In full: First timer! Been bugged into doing this race for a few years but it never fitted into my plans.
Pre race - pack was sent out well in advance, and an excellent set of notes to let you know all you needed.
Pre start - They have created a small running village on the green near the start line where you find all the usual stalls, massage, baggage drop. One thing, it would be good if the baggage drop could be a bit more secure...leaving it around the edge of the marquee was a bit unnerving. Issuing a baggage label linked to you race number could be a good option (see Tunbridge Wells HM). The lineup pre race was good, and the start was given extra atmosphere with a rendition of Chariots of Fire booming from the speakers as you crossed the line.
Race - Well, the first 6 miles are generally uphill. For me that is fine, causes me to regulate my pace/effort a bit more! Whilst the incline isn't riduculous on the main drag up Queensway (3mi - 5.5mi) it does go on...and on! The support throughout is fantastic, plenty of drinks stations manned by local scout groups, slices of orange/jelly babies/etc are in abundance too. The last 2mi down the promenade are a scenic slog, but make for a nice finish (although some had a hailstorm to contend with just after 2hrs).
Post race - cold and hot drinks are plentiful. An nice horse brass makes an unusal memento, but one which I'll look forward to adding to in 2015.
In short: Lovely scenery and wonderfully well organised In full: Really pleasant run along the Thames. I really didn't think it's a PB course, but that might have been more to do with the strong headwind on the outwards leg this year.
Really, really well organised and a great medal and t-shirt. Would highly recommend and will be back next year. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Great potential, but room for improvement In full: I arrived about an hour before the start. Race HQ (in the netball hall) was fine - spacious, warm, plenty of baggage storage space - but could have done with more toilets (and it wasn't that busy when I arrived). The start wasn't particularly well-organised: just a free-for-all with no time zones. I ended up too far forward but at least I wasn't held back (in fact I set off too fast for the first few miles). The course was as one would expect from a suburban race route: not particularly inspiring in terms of scenery but not unpleasant either: at least it didn't involve running through any industrial estates. The marshalls did a good job by and large, given there were no road closures in place, but I felt more were needed as at some junctions it wasn't always clear which way to go. The public support along the route was unexpected and most welcome. This was advertised as a flat race and it definitely wasn't. There was a really nasty uphill drag of about a mile around 6 miles (and again in the second lap) and the finish was uphill too. This was tough in a cold and blustery wind. Agree with other comments that finishing through the parking area was not ideal - I am a faster runner so not an issue for me but as I was driving out afterwards there were plenty of runners still coming through which must have been really tough for them, trying to compete with the traffic when exhausted. I managed a PB by nearly two minutes even after taking a tumble at 10.5 miles (luckily I was able to get up and carry on as there seemed to be no-one around to help). Adequate goody bag; technical tee which as usual came only in mens' sizes (when will people realise that lots of women runners are tiny? - I'd like to be able to wear my t-shirt, not camp in it) Overall a reasonable race - the start and finish need to be improved but I would do it again. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Excellent race In full: Really well organised race, but what makes it great is the support from locals. They are awesome! The route is mainly uphill for the first 5 miles, then undulating for another 4-5 miles, then downhill or flat to the finish. A fairly tough race but the support makes you forget the pain! Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Passable In full: I'm a bit indifferent about this one. Quite hilly - no real killers, just lots of them to keep the challenge.. Water stations were chaotic - needed to be bigger and manned better.. I also hate cups but that's a personal thing.. Wouldn't have minded the gel in my goody bag at around mile 9 too.. Also I thought the web site said the T Shirt was a printed addidas one - not the chap cotton one I got..
That said. It fitted with my marathon plan and got me out for the morning. Lots of support and a varied course.. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Nice scenic course. Plenty of undulations, but taxing rather than mountainous. Lovely venue, but spoiled by a dreadful finish. In full: Stanford Hall and the surrounding villages are a lovely part of the world, and the half marathon showed them off well. There are plenty of hills, but all of them are still runnable. Excellent goodies at the end. But the big down side was the finish. Having a stretch where you double back on yourself and a finishing "straight" that was actually a hairpin bend! Not very inspiring, and not great if people were battling it out for position. Can't believe that with all the space in Stanford Hall there wasn't a way of making a better finish. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: I liked it In full: Nice orgainisation a small but inoffensive run. There was little to no support out on the course but that was as expected. The roads were open (as expected) but the roads were very quiet and everything was well signposted and marshalls were at the tricky bits.
The constant undulations I would say makes a PB tricky but I would not say it was too challenging (most of the hilly bits are in the first 5k).
Goody bag: Nice medal & a strange stretchy thing that I am yet to identify. There was a nice stall dishing out water, flapjacks, jelly babies, bananas free to all runners which was a nice touch (better than one free banana/choccie to all runners as you could choose what you wanted).
My only big negative was the water stations were in cups which for a HM is not the best. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Not acceptable to run out of water! In full: This was my 3rd Eastleigh 10k. It's a good race with a nice fast course. I quite like the tshirt rather than medal, at least you can make use of it afterwards!
BUT big gripe, I finished in 59.08, a perfectly respectable time in a gun position 1846 out of 2333 runners. The water had run out! That is not acceptable. Water should be provided for every runner. Please sort out for next year Eastleigh! Date of review: March 24, 2014