In short: Everyone should give this one a go! In full: First road race I've attempted and really loved it. The volunteers and spectators were all stars and I'm sure their cheering helped me to get a PB. Really well organised event and a lovely day out by the seaside. Great medals and selection of goodies at the end too which was a nice surprise. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: First road race.....ever In full: This was my first attempt at a road race, or race of any kind to be precise, and really enjoyed it!!! I finished in 53:27 and as a 32yo beginner I was very pleased. Will definitely be back next year, perhaps even running the marathon! Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Beauty and the beast In full: The tough bits were tough, the river side run was a god send. Great race if this is your thing. I'm not built like a mountain goat so some of the down hills were not for me. Well done Chepstow for putting on such a great event. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: An up and down the prom race In full: A Fylde production which all run like clockwork. The wind was a bit of a nuisance on the way out but a bonus on the way back.A small field which one would hope improves over the years. The scenery is not inspiring but as a training run or an attempt at a pb , this is the one. Date of review: April 14, 2014
In short: Tough but loved it! In full: Great little race, friendly with lots of first timers (like myself) & not at all intimidating. Challenging but would highly recommended it. Really well organised with lots of friendly marshals. In short - a lovely race:-) Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Very enjoyable In full: This was my first half marathon joggle, so due to the juggling I didn't really get a chance to look around much. I ran in charity costume, so combined with the juggling was much slower than I normally am. The wind took its toll too. Great organisation though, and I enjoyed receiving a mug rather than a medal (I found medals a bit useless and a waste of space). Definitely do it again. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Charming village race In full: Apparently there was some other race on in London today, but what could be nicer than tripping through the bluebells at Hartfield? This is just a little village event, but friendly and well marshalled. When it has been raining the course is very muddy, and even on a perfect day like this, it is still gnarly enough to banish any thoughts of a PB. A 'fun' run in the very best sense of the word. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Nicely organised event In full: Well sorted event. They've clearly been doing this for a while now and it all went off pretty much like clockwork.
The only reason that I'd consider not coming back is because of the hill(s). I do train on some 'up and down' routes but the climb up Spooky Hill on lap two is not something that I'm sure I want to sign up for again.....
Big thumbs up for all of the marshals who were clearly enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm definitely is/was appreciated.
Final nit-pick - It's not a big thing at all but is it just me that prefers tee-shirts that bear a date - even just the year - of the event? Looking at the tee-shirts given over the last few years at this event it seems like I may be in a minority as none seem to have been 'time-stamped' in the past either........oh well. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: More hills than you'd expect in Bristol's leafy suburbs In full: Long-established race and a popular fixture in the local race character. Scenery varies, but the sections by the river are lovely, and there a couple of punishing hills as well as a Tour de France style uphill finish. Friendly atmosphere with a good mix of club runners and locals, easy parking, refreshments readily available. There was a minor glitch about chip allocation, but this was spotted early and I think sorted out safely before race time. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Great Flat Course for pure speed In full: Small turn out of around 50 so event lacked a little atmosphere, however, this was a well organised timed race. Achieved a new pb knocking 3 1/2 minutes of my pervious best time so can't complain! Date of review: April 13, 2014
In full: the hill is steep,but this is a good race with various surfaces and more down hill than up. A warm dry day,ground quite hard. This is a good test & a fun event. Would run again in 2015.. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: not a 10k run In full: Firstly the positive, it was friendly, raised money for charity. The negative it was 0.25 mile short of 10k. For £14 affiliated I would expect chip timing as a given and more than a medal, mars bar and bottle of water. The race itself was on open roads with mostly youngsters marshalling. It's a pity because there seemed to a nice atmosphere. A friend of mine went the wrong way at the end of the 5k.Hope the charity benefited well. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Great race, friendly atmosphere, a couple of sharp ascents, brakes off on the downhills! In full: Another great Chepstow Harriers race. Gorgeous cakes and tea at the finish, all worth the effort! It's not as tough as some of the reviews make it sound, take some grippy shoes, take it easy and you'll love it. Date of review: April 13, 2014
In short: Pleasant simple, low key, mixed terrain that does everything a race like this should In full: Ran the "half". It's not exactly 13.1, but makes that clear from the start. A little nervous to be given a written route description to follow, but turned out there were plenty of people around and only one spot that could do with an extra arrow just to confirm the route. Ran on tarmac, paths, grass and ploughed fields, with a rough couple of miles from around mile 8, finished off with a couple of hills just to really test you. Not vast number of marshals, but they were where they needed to be and I found the walkers were very polite in moving out of the way. Traffic not a problem - only saw 6 cars the whole way round. Simple medal at the end, but great cakes and sandwiches and drinks on the way round and at the end - really welcoming and hospitable. Date of review: April 12, 2014