In short: Underwhelmed In full: A monotonous route around the streets of never ending suburbia, completely forgettable. One should take a good book to read and I'm not talking about the spectators. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Beautiful race In full: Questionable toilet facilities aside this is a wonderful race set in jaw dropping scenery. I definitely hope to participate again. The last mile with the Castle in the background really is something else. Great cheering from the crowds too! Great job! Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: I guess it was a great race - shame so many of us couldn't get to the start to find out. In full: Dear organisers of Cheltenham's Half Marathon,
Hundreds of us acted in good faith, followed your race briefing, but were unable to run this morning because the traffic confounded our attempts to reach the event at Cheltenham Racecourse, with its "ample free parking".
My story is probably typical of those of many other frustrated, disappointed and fairly angry runners and their families.
I left myself plenty of time to reach you.
I followed the signs to the racecourse dutifully and was within 0.5 of a mile of the event by 8:00am, giving myself an hour to sort myself out before the start. Arriving an hour before a race is the norm for me. (I'm currently completing 12 halves in 12 months for charity. Luckily I completed the Great North Run last weekend, so this was an extra.). All roads to the racecourse from the town were shut. There were no signposts for runners explaining any diversion to reach the entrance. There were no marshalls out on the road to help to guide traffic. The only person I saw, enforcing a closed road, shrugged his shoulders and said he had no idea when I asked him how I should get to the racecourse.
After trying several routes for 20 minutes, all ending in closed roads, I eventually tried to head north of the racecourse and work my way round. I joined a queue of traffic that then took me more than an hour to get only a little closer.
At 9:20, (twenty minutes after the start gun had been sounded) I gave up - the queue ahead of me was still bumper to bumper.
I grew up in Gloucestershire and was looking forward to reacquainting myself with what is a beautiful town.
You appear to have made the error of closing all but one access route to the event site, so creating a traffic jam of truly disastrous proportions. Oh, and you compounded your mistake by organizing a schools mini- event for a thousand local primary school children an hour before the start of the half marathon, so increasing the traffic demands of the single road you had dedicated to get everyone to the racecourse.
I have now seen your messages on social media and the myriad of frustrated responses from people in the same position as myself.
What's really disappointing is the lack of apology from you for a problem that was entirely yours to manage. That is, quite simply, appalling relationship management. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Ruined by terrible traffic management In full: Nice route in a great town. Past runs good apparently. Sadly the organisers appeared to completely balls up the traffic plans. When it takes well over an hour and a half to travel three miles you know they've mess up badly. Won't be back. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Fabulous scenery, suitably demanding In full: The organisation may be a little haphazard at times but that is a trivial point. This race is fantastic all the way from the south west coastal path to the steep inland climbs, and even the gruelling last 3 miles along Ballard Down (misnamed as it is entirely up from Corfe Castle). Take your own supplies though, the water/ fuel stations are few and far between - a Vitality city run this isn't. But for the sheer awe-inspiring scenery, and relief at finishing, this is hard to beat. Date of review: September 25, 2016
In short: Not cheap, but worth the price. In full: This race may not be the cheapest, but it is well organised with a great atmosphere. Crowds cheered along the entire route. Good quality medal and t-shirt and a good chance of a PB (I got one). Date of review: September 24, 2016
In short: Love those hills In full: It's first time running the Leighton 10. It was challenging but would run again, maybe give it a year though ??. Brilliantly organised and friendly support all the way round and up. Date of review: September 24, 2016
In short: Lovely race in the country In full: Lovely race in the country. Beautiful scenery, enough hills to keep it challenging for seasoned pros but doable to newer runners. Great organisation and great marshals. Smaller race though so dont expect lots of road side support... Personally I'd have the nice scenery over cheering spectators any day Date of review: September 24, 2016
In short: Beautiful course, fantastic volunteers and marshals but marred by organisational issues In full: The course is completely stunning, beautiful clifftop trails leading to the abandoned village of Tyneham and then heading back to Corfe castle for 1 last lungbusting 3 mile climb up to nine barrow down and then back to civilisation and Swanage. The volunteers, marshals and supporters were all great. However there were a nos of organisational issues with a Race Director who didn't really seem to know what he was doing. The prize giving presentation at the end was a bit of a farce as there was a problem with both the race nos and the chip timing so that the majority of prizes remained unawarded at the presentation. As good as the '16 race' is, there were some inevitable problems trying to run 2 races over different distances at the same time (there's a 30 minute start time difference) over much of the same course. This certainly led to some confusion for the leading marathon runners when the races rejoined at Corfe Castle. Date of review: September 23, 2016
In short: Great run, a lot of laps but new route is much faster than the old one In full: Brilliant marshalls, lots of friendly runners, flawless organisation. This was my first ever marathon in 2014 when I thought I would do a half and go home. The atmosphere and support meant I did the lot, and am back again for year 3. Running laps may not be everyones cup of tea but its a fast course with a lovely downhill, it has good cheap parking, on site cafe and post run massage. Shot bloks in the aid station and electrolyte drinks plus an amazing piece of bling. I may have grumbled my way around it, but its always going to be a run I want to do Date of review: September 23, 2016
In short: Fantastic event, again. In full: The Coyote is just as good as the Roadrunner but run backwards. My 3rd time running a Roadrunner/Coyote and 3rd PB. That aside, this is such a professionally run yet friendly event. Date of review: September 23, 2016
In short: Great, challenging and gorgeous. Not to be underestimated In full: A lovely, scenic run. Very well organised with lovely, cheerful support even with only 1 marathoners amid the bigger load of half-marathoners.
Certainly not to be underestimated with a heady mix of consistent undulating trail with short/sharp hills. The long tarmac path stretch out to the peninsula felt positively heavenly. Definitely makes you work for it.
Also lovely nearby pubs to recover in! Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Great marathon In full: This was my second year running in Hull and whilst last year was good, this year was fantastic with perfect organization. Whilst the run itself has some great scenery and crossing the Humber Bridge is wonderful, the 'not so glamorous' mile 24 this year had the wonderful 'Race Angels' to help runners along, a touch of genius. Deserves to be bigger (and the course could certainly take it as its very open) and I hope with Hull being the European City of Culture 2017 I am sure next year will be. Date of review: September 22, 2016
In short: Lot of fun and probably the best medal in the UK at the very least In full: This is for the 2016 Coyote Marathon, it wouldn't let me select 2016 above. It's a great event, super friendly and a pleasure to be part of. Date of review: September 22, 2016