In short: Flat... but blustery! In full: The pros: incredibly friendly, amazingly supportive, unfailingly cheerful and encouraging marshals, and plenty of them. A potentially fast, very flat course.
Cons: you're running next to the sea, and running into an offshore headwind at the tail end of an autumn gale felt challenging. Ever-so-slightly drab scenery. Small field and lots of club runners mean if you're average to slow, you really will be at the back of the pack.
Overall, the positives far outweigh the negatives. If you're considering this, don't let a little thing like the wind put you off. Everyone so friendly and the organisation was impeccable -- faultless!, from collecting race no. to bag drop, to receiving medal and goodie bag. Nice medal and results published the same day within a couple of hours Date of review: November 20, 2016
In short: Cold, sunny run in VickyPark with 1000 close friends In full: One of my daughters said to me "a half marathon in Vicky Park? It'll be like going round in a hamster wheel!" - I remembered that on my 5th out of 6 and a half laps of the course. And that is the main disadvantage of this run. Despite the fact it was a lovely, sunny November morning running around a 2-mile circuit does get a little monotonous. But everything else was good. The organisation was really good - it has to be to handle 3 races on the same course at the same time (5k, 10k and half). And the course is pretty much pancake flat - perfect for PBs. Date of review: November 20, 2016
In short: Really great race, super organisation and support In full: First time running this, and what a great race, despite the weather warnings! Flat and fast - I stormed a pb! Organisation was good, all seemed super smooth (although we already had our numbers, arrived on foot, and didn't use the bag drop).
Marshals on the route were amazing, really enthusiastic and supportive. And the samba band were fantastic. Quite a high proportion of club runners, but didn't feel competitive, and in fact lots of support from other runners too.
And a great goodie bag! Home made cake was a particularly nice touch.
One of my favourite races. Date of review: November 20, 2016
In short: Large well organised race with laid back feel In full: Despite the delayed start a well organised event. All abilities catered for and lots of provision for spectators. PB potential when no arctic like wind! Date of review: November 20, 2016
In short: Nothing to write home about but I enjoyed the day and would do it again. In full: Friendly atmosphere amongst runners. Quietish event, as one would expect on an airfield. Well organised. Seemed to mainly be the serious runners taking part. Running surface not as good as I was expecting. Seemed like a quick course, but was not a quick time for me personally. Having other events going on at the same time was good as it was a small field. Date of review: November 19, 2016
In short: Hard work, but fun. In full: some challenging hills on a lovely scenic course. friendly marshals and good organisation. certainly not a PB course, but well worth doing. ( I did this in 2016, but that option was not available when giving feedback). Date of review: November 19, 2016
In short: One to do again!!! In full: Absolutely loved this race - challenging but scenic, fantastically organized and great value! And all that at a fantastic venue with lots of space for spectators. It is not often that I enter the same race twice but this one will become a regular in my race calendar! Date of review: November 18, 2016
In short: fantastic In full: if you want to be challenged this is the race, if you like hills this is the race, if you want value for money this is the race, if you want to be looked after by the officials this is the race, if you like friendly happy marshalls this is the race, think by now you get the message this is a must do race bring on next year Date of review: November 18, 2016