In short: a lot of fun but not flat! In full: a very nice race, family friendly and lovely scenery. tucked beneath the malvern hills and wandering through the villages and back-roads. However it is not flat. a number of steep sections and a tough finish. there's a gravel section at about 11 miles which adds to the difficulty.
some long (or felt that way!) sections almost single file along a main road with sparse support for the majority.
Don't though, let me put you off. It is for a terrific cause, is really pretty and is very satisfying to complete.
will I do this again? probably not but I don't regret it for a second and if you haven't done it before then I thoroughly recommend it. just don't expect to be quick! Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Much improved, flat, multi terrain race around the lanes and tracks of Worth In full: I ran this race last year and it is fair to say the organisers have learnt the lessons from last year. The start is now from the sports centre and they have introduced an out and back loop along a closed road before heading down the footpath alongside the main road before then turning off into Worth. This allows fast runners to easily overtake slower runners at the start of the race before it narrows a little. Well done Nice Work on the changes you have made, please keep the new route for next year as it worked well. The only thing missing is chip timing. Nice to have the facilities in the sports centre before and after the race e.g. refreshments and showers. Good encouragement from the marshals and a nice quality medal too. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: One of my favourites In full: This is a great race and is one I come back to time again. Good value for money, a lovely atmosphere on the day and free cake at the end. What more could one ask for? :-) Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Cracking challenge In full: 3 great runs, nicely organised, coming together for a real test. I've run a few 'hilly' marathons (inc Windermere & Lancaster), but found this a harder event even though it was broken down into 3 smaller chunks….the different terrain taking their own toll (Fell, Trail & Road) over the 3 days. With only a few hundred taking part in each run, there was a nice community feel to the events…..and as always some fantastic marshalling, especially out on the trail run.
There was talk of adding a 4th day for next year….think I’ll be back to see what they chuck into the mix! Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Well organised event worth a visit In full: I completed this event last year and was not disappointed this year Two minor quibbles however - 1 - the baggage store was not advertised which could be considered next year - I was found a space in the reception room but this was open to the general public 2 - please rethink the medal - the rubber/plastic one left a lot to be desired! Apart from the above an event recommended. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Fast, flat and friendly In full: Runthrough's races tend to be well organised, friendly and, being a South Londoner, pretty convenient for me. This race is four laps of a road circuit within Battersea Park, so not terribly exciting although the park itself is pleasant and you get a nice view of the Power Station. It's pancake flat so it's a good race if you're gunning for a PB. It's also open to wheelchair racers although there weren't any for the January race. The Power Station-shaped medal was nice and they also offer fruit and flapjacks at the finish. Although I generally prefer off-road races, I'd do this one again due to the PB potential. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: An excellent experience well worth the entry fee! In full: A great event and highly recommended. Plenty going on, stalls, atmosphere etc. Great support from the locals along the route, including brass bands, choirs, and people banging drums! I did hear some people mention that the water stations ran out at some stage (didn't affect me as I don't take water on during this distance) but I'm sure this is something they will rectify for next year. Slightly hilly in places, but all in all a nice route. Da iawn! Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Brilliantly organised race with great atmosphere. In full: Brilliant race - I've done this a few times and always enjoy it. Slightly tough second half being a very mild incline for most of the way but overall a really good race. Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: Great run well organised In full: Great friendly run. Personally I would miss out some of the Common and the lap of the field at the end and make it the Harey 7! But a great run not to be missed Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: I'll be back in 2016 In full: Second year of doing this event (missed the very first one due to manflu). Very good value for money.
Parking was a bit chaotic this year, ended up leaving my car in a residential area, and I saw some poor runner getting an earful from an unhappy resident (the type of idiot who thinks she owns the road in front of her house).
The water situation wasn't great either - the first stop wasn't sign-posted, and by the time us slow runners got there it was virtually empty (experience has taught me to bring my own though!). I speeded up a bit later on in the race, so there seemed to be more water at the 2nd station, but again slower runners seemed to have missed out - it was a warm day, so this was dangerous.
One thing about races I never understand is why they handout such large bottles anyway? Most runners seem to take a moutful and throw the rest away - why can't they hand out mini bottles?!
Don't let these two gripes put you off though - this is a good race, and I recommend you give it a go! Date of review: June 22, 2015
In short: 1Km shy of a full half! In full: Oh dear. Pre event error meant competitors having to pay an additional charge of £1.11 from Royal Mail for the entry pack due to an under payment in postage. First half through the town centre was hilly in places, although good crowd support through the town. Second half takes you out of the town centre where crowd support was less but much easier due to fewer climbs. The final stretch was mainly down hill and dare i say quite pleasurable. The second half of the route was incorrectly marked compared to the pre event map which meant it ended a full 1Km short of the full half marathon distance which was very disappointing.
In short: Was not a half marathon In full: Was really looking forward to this race. Start went well (after driving through a few road closed signs to get round Shrewsbury despite being easily on time). Couldn't find the 100 toilets advertised but didn't have to wait very long for the ones I did find.
Variety of course was great; almost like two races. Great half around town and great half in the country. Hilly, but I expected that.
BUT, the course was about half a mile too short. Looks like we took a short cut around mile 10 and also a slightly different finish. Very disappointed as was running well. Never done a race before where this has happened. Such a shame.
Many thanks to the water station staff, marshals and all supporters out on the course. Plus the friendly runners I talked to around the course. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Deceptively hilly .... and about a half mile too short? In full: Despite being fairly local this was the first year (of the three that it has been running) that I have entered this race. The first two had significant planning and logistical issues.
The first half was really interesting, and took in a lot of the town's sights, but at a price - a lot of hills to manage! The second half was a complete contrast, with long rural roads and a nice downhill stretch to finish. The final half mile or so was particularly pleasant. But this wasn't a half marathon - my Garmin said 12.51 and if the previous review is anything to go by then there may be a problem here.
Parking, start/finish area, water stations, marshalling all excellent. One potential hazard were the 'road closed' signs across the route near the start where the volume and density of runner meant that some did not see the hazards until the last minute. Could have been a really nasty fall for someone, and the marshals at the point may no effort to warn people.
Good crowd support and the town section was certainly memorable. This is never a PB course and perhaps the organisers should have made more reference to the hills - one chap in a wheelchair was really struggling with it.
All in all an enjoyable race with very good organisation, but I'm not convinced it was long enough? Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Wonderful run! In full: Thank you for putting on such a brilliant race.It was obvious that a lot of care and attention goes into ensuring that everything is spot on for the runners.Even down to painting the raised tree roots!Great course,just enough inclines to challenge the runner though plenty of faster sections and the marshals were so friendly and encouraging.The hand painted cup is a lovely memento!See you next year! Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Not accurately measured. In full: Like Shrewsbury and route. Parking, water etc all fine and plenty of toilets. BUT my Garmin measured 12.57 and a guy who finished next to us had 12.58! Very disappointing as I could have been on for a PB but now the time means nothing as the race was not a half marathon. ALSO cock up with organiser/PO underpaid postage meant we had to go to sorting office the day before the race to pay extra and collect numbers! Bit cross as the race price was a bit on the expensive side anyway. Date of review: June 21, 2015