In short: Brutal, beautiful (when the clouds cleared) and brilliant marshalls In full: Great race, by not for the faint hearted. Top marks to the marshalls and supporters who were unwavering in their enthusiasm despite some fairly gnarly weather Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Average race course needs work, as does the inadequate baggage arrangement In full: Second part of course mostly uphill, maybe needs looking at. 4 baggage buses in total for around 6000 runners meant a big queue at the end to retrieve bags. Decent medal and t shirt, race has real potential but needs a bit if rethinking. Main gripe was my running partner getting a completely spurious time from the chip system as in 1 hr 30 when she ran it in under an hour. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Highly recommendable. Finishing to uplifting applause in the football stadium, this is probably one of my favourite local races for that 'crossing the line' feeling! In full: This is the 2nd time I've run the Scunthorpe Half and, just like last time, I found it most enjoyable.
It was pretty well laid out and fairly straight forward to find the race HQ- perhaps signage could be improved a little.
The race marshals did a superb job- great organisation, great communication all the way up to race morning and appropriate health and safety considerations were evident.
The course itself spans mainly countryside type roads until the end where you head towards Glanfield Stadium, finishing the final few hundred yards inside with a very welcoming cheer from spectators and race marshals. Aside from a bridge in the final half mile, the course is flat, offering pretty good PB potential.
This year, finishers received a high quality medal and t shirt, along with the all important post race necessities (freshly baked muffins, Galaxy bars etc); a strong selling point, of course!
If you're looking to improve on your PB or simply to get some more race experience, this one should not be overlooked. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Awful weather but fab race! In full: My third time running this half and it gets better year after year. Cannot fault the organisation of this race; regular email and Facebook updates to keep you informed! Rain was miserable but nothing we could've done about this so just got on with it! Great goody bag; tech tshirt, cake, crisps, chocolate and sweets! I will be back next year! Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Definitely undulating ! Lots of toilets fab!! In full: Very well organised. Friendly, encouraging Marshall's, a big thank you, I'll definitely be doing this race again. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Went the extra mile! In full: After a period of dry weather, there was an absolute downpour the night before the race which meant that the river was a torrent and impossible to cross. Unfortuantely the alternative added another mile to the route, but that wasn't as much of a problem as the horrendous mud through the woods which meant that negotiating that section was more like skiing than running. At the start I was desperately trying to find shelter for as long as possible to avoid being soaked before starting, burt once the race got underway, the rain eased. I was looking forward to the views after the rigours of Trooper Lane, but was disappointed to find Beacon Hill shrouded in thick mist so no views at all. I'd been really looking forward to this race as my training had been going well, and it was a real struggle in parts. so what did I think of the race? I loved it. Cracking organisation from Stainland Lions once again and a great atmosphere throughout. Never let a bit of weather spoil the fun! I'll be back. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: WHY DOES EVERYONE DO LONDON WHEN THERE ARE EVENTS LIKE THIS? In full: I did London last week for the first and last time. I did this today for the first time, but it vertainly won't be the last. I am not a happy tarmac runner - I run for scenery ( which is why I didn;t like London!)and this has plenty. Hills, yes, but runnable ones. Lovely marshalls, plenty aid stations and a free hig roast and massage at the end. Despite my dislike of tamac, I will go back to this! Well done Gillingham Trotters, with your mad french woman. You did great :) Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Fantastic organisation and support make for a special (splashy) race. In full: I was lucky to get a last minute entry but the pre-race info as good as ever to build excitement. From the family in the car par giving out the last minute packs, through to on all course marshals, everyone at the drinks stations and in the stadium the support was fantastic and despite the weather made the race a pleasure. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Rain but definitely no damp squib. In full: First time running this event but will not be the last. The weather was horrific, heavy rain and wind for the entire duration. Thankfully this did not dampen the spirits of the marshals, drink station staff and supporters. The smiles and shouts of encouragement kept me going. The organisation was flawless from the communications building up to the event through to the goody bag at the end. The course is almost pancake flat with just a climb in the last 1km so on a better day I would have got a PB. The only negative was getting out of the car park at the end but this would not stop me from signing up for 2016 as soon as entries open. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: A perfect race In full: Perfectly organised and supported. Everyone involved deserved a medal for their efforts in the relentless rain today. A perfect race from start to finish Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Brilliant, well organised race. In full: Weather was filthy on the day, which caused traffic congestion, so delayed start. The organisers dealt with this admirabley wit proper explanations. Route was scenic, but on road still.Roads closed so very safe to run. % water stations, wet sponge station & a jelly baby station... brilliant!!! Marshalls everywhere, very professional, polite & encouraging. Finish on the footie pitch was amazing & goodie bags, T shirts & medal the best I've had. Thank you, an outstanding race!I will definatley race it again. Nice,fast PB course. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Brilliant again despite the weather. This race is organised to suit the runner whatever ability. I've run it every year and it just gets better and better. Well done Nicola and Neil In full: The organisers of this race make the most important ingredient the runner. Quite often the focus is the event itself but not here. The regular communication is excellent, so is the organisation and the marshalls. Not only were there regular water stations, but also jelly baby stations and sponge stations. It's a flat PB course and everyone passing the finish line is heartily congratulated whether its the race winner or the back marker. Water, goody bag, facilities, parking are all well catered for and all I can finally say is roll on next year. It just gets better each year. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: very well organised race In full: start is a bit far away from the race HQ! flooded roads were a bit challenging too! marshals and supporters AWESOME! really dedicated and cheerful, even though they were wetter than us! Date of review: May 3, 2015