In short: FANTASTIC MARSHALLS AND ORGANIZATION. THANK YOU!! In full: Lovely friendly run. I will be doing this run again next year. The hills were okay, running on the sand and soft track was great my dodgy old knees feel fine today. Also my first marathon without a blister or discoloured toenail. Great day see you next year. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Good undulating course through nice country lanes with a great T-shirt In full: Just thought I'd post a review before anyone made any ill considered comments about this years race. The organiser made an unfortunate slip and forgot to move a set of marshals to a junction at the 6 mile point. The leaders went the right way, but I couldn't see the next runner and went the wrong way taking a number of other runners with me. At the end of the day it was my fault as I should have checked the route before doing the race. I'm sure this won't be repeated as the organiser was mortified by this mistake. Apart from this minor issue it was a really nice friendly race with a lot of variety in the ups and downs, but nothing too steep except perhaps the last 100 yard up the hill to the finish. T-shirts looked really nice as well and there was coffee and cake available in the school hall. Good little local race and would be ideal prep for the Macc half the following weekend. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Friendly wonderful challenging trail run through gorgeous countryside In full: So refreshing doing a proper small club race rather than a large field race. Atmosphere very friendly, no worries about parking or miles walk to the start, just turn up and go. Very well thought out trail run. It is definitely not easy - two challenging hills and rooty trails but brilliant not to be plodding on tarmac. A hidden gem. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Great race In full: My 2nd time at the Stur Half was as good as the first. The event is fairly small but for a town the size of Sturminster I must commend the organisers for a pain free experience. The course is fairly flat apart from near the end where there are a few up-hill slogs, and for the most part you are running through glorious open countryside. The course is well manned by marshalls and the waterstations are always themed so top marks for that. I set my own PB at this year's event so it will hold a special place for me but I don't think this event is suitable for beginners just because of the smallish entry field. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Lots of Hills, great finish In full: Well organised, bit slow at check-in, water stop on the way. Not many spectators on the way round, marshalls very good although some didn't cheer. No water or any drinks at the end though which I think is poor. Water bottle & a bag full of magazine. Nice run though would do again. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Great Hills, Not enough obstacles In full: My second time doing this run & I got 1st woman.. great run, felt for what you pay it wasn't value for money. Received my trophy in the post, last year it was broken, this year the plaque with no date was wonky, v cheap. But overall good race. Always a mix up at the end over positions & times though. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Third time running this fantastic race In full: 2014 was my third time running the Bristol 1/2 and it was just as well organised and friendly as the other times. There's always a real carnival atmosphere and the people of Bristol should be proud of the buzz they help to create by lining the route through the city centre and cheering on the runners. The route is very beginner friendly - there are no real hills to speak of (apart from a few bridges that cross the Avon) and the views of the suspension bridge and the surrounding countryside are fantastic. The weather was really nice so that helped, but Bristol is one of my favourite races and I'll no doubt be back again for 2015! Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Lovely day out - a tough, but not crazy tough trail marathon In full: A lovely marathon, a challenging course and a friendly feel among runners and marshalls. Lovely. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Fast, flat(ish) and excellent organization In full: Along with Bath Half, this is my favourite half and is now a firm fixture in my annual running calendar! Its exceptionally well organized and theres plenty of parking in the city centre. The bag drop is easy to find and theres never a big queue. The course itself is mostly flat with only a few small inclines and it always seems to fly by. Theres plenty of refreshments along the way to keep you going and again adequate toilet facilities. The medal is always a good one and the young volunteer Marshalls (I think they are army cadets?) are always friendly and professional. No complaints from me and my running buddies! See you next year! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Really well organised 10k, In full: A really nice race, lovely course with a few inclines to add to the experience. Faultless organisation and the race specific medal is a nice touch. How races should be! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In full: Nice starting venue. Helpful and cheery officials/marshalls. Single multi terrain lap with some killer climbs, very scenic. Run crosses a few farmer's fields which are a bit choppy in places. Definitely not a course for a PB. Only fault I would find was a lack of distance markers. I would definitely do this event again Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Lots of positives with pleasant route and great atmosphere but need to sort out timing groups at start and remove bottleneck out of park as came to a complete stop for 20 seconds. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great race well marshalled for the first attempt In full: Great race, shame about the bottle neck at the start, the race could be started in the main road, at one point there is narrow bridge before you turn left, the traffic was held back to allow the runners to cross, but the Marshall did try to stop the runners so that the traffic come cross over.
When doing the last few miles a small part of the road should have been coned off toward allow runners to do the last few miles on the road, instead of the pavement.
On the whole a excellent race and well managed Date of review: September 21, 2014