In short: good hill practice! In full: a beautiful day for it and I did a pb so can’t complain. The hill were certainly bigger than I expected and I thought 5 miles to the first water station was quite a slog. Difficult for the marshals with no roads closed but I thought they did a good job. Long queues for the toilets where a slight problem but I have been at worse. Worth getting a few portaloos next year, especially if this event gets any bigger.
In short: A very rewarding race In full: My first real off road race. Very friendly and well organised race but difficult to pace due to the terrain and conditions underfoot. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Well organised, tough course In full: Thanks to Herne Hill Harriers for a very well organised race with a friendly atmosphere. Course well makrked and marshalled. Can't really grumble about people being on the course - it's a park after all and at least it was traffic-free! Tough hills. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Beautiful coastline, sunny skies, a little wind, and some confused looking pedestrians, but a great day all round. In full: The organization of this was really good. I especially appreciated the high visibility directions toward parking. This was my first attempt at a distance longer than 13 miles, so really appreciated all the encouragement from marshalls and fellow runners alike. That last steep hill up from the water around mile 16 just about killed me, and the bit where we running beside that shipyard with all the freight containers was really dusty and smelled of diesel fuel, but apart from that the course was a pleasure. The Gymnasium where we all met pre/post race was really cold. It made me really thankful that there was a hot cup of tea available. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Marshall's didn't encourage much - weird finish set up, only parked cars to cheer you on! In full: Marshall's at about 5miles at a road crossing tried to suggest to the runners that we should stop while he let cars through. Obviously nobody really did and he then screamed at us to get off the road! Kind of strange! Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Traffic free & flat = good, wind = bad. Friendly Marshals. Overall 9/10 In full: Windy 3 miles going out and coming back, but how good were the 9 miles when the wind was behind you! The millennium costal path was a great route; I'm not sure how it will handle larger crowds in future years.
Well organised and friendly. I would have liked a medal though, but them I'm a bit like muttley from Wacky Races. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: About as much fun as 20 miles is ever going to be! In full: I found the new coastal route a little tougher than the old cabbage field one but much more scenic. This was a good distraction from the pain of 20 miles of running! Organisation was very good and many thanks to the cheery marshalls who were out there for hours waiting for the plodders like me to get home! Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable and well organised for a brand new event In full: Fantastic views of the Gower Peninsula (not that I'm biased!)Great inaugural event - super marshalls, very encouraging especially at the windy bits of the course! Only down side was finding Llanelli leisure centre which will not be able to support a much larger field, although great to have a decent shower straight afterwards. However, if the organisers do wish to cater for up to a 1000 runners in future they'll have to rethink the start and use the big car park opposite Coleg Sir Gar. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: A tough half-marathon In full: This is not a half-marathon for the faint-hearted. Mile 3 is uphill. All of it steep! And then more uphill towards mile 8. It finally starts coming down (and what fun) after that, but then sneaks in one more hill for good measure. However, all this is worth it given the wonderful scenery.
A website with some information on would have been useful - no map/information was sent with the entry.
A charming race with a few problems well documented by others. With a bit of improvement in the organisation this could be a top race. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: A nice litle race In full: Organisation was little,but they all coped excellently,especially with so many to register on the day.Course was lovely,coldness hitting my legs the only real problem.Well done,a good day out. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: More signs for those at the back please! In full: First ever fell race - tough but great fun (well the downhills were)and people were really friendly but I was leading the last three home and we had to stop walkers to confirm the way home twice and stop to confer with each other three times - more than a little bit worrying out on Cloud in the cold - more signs please. Date of review: March 6, 2006