In short: A race through suburban Wimbledon. In full: A race through suburban Wimbledon. No drinks station in running strange, especially given high entry fee (£15 on the day). Plenty of parking a plus. Surprising lack of marshalls at some quite busy junctions, otherwise organisation good.
Watch out for street furniture/other obstacles - I saw a runner hurt himself. The hill other postings mention was not too bad and compensated by nice fast downhill stretch.
Competitors get money off their Audi service and spares! Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Well done Coventry In full: If you wanted to be a liitle picky you might mention the mile marker boards but for a first time effort it was a very enjoyable event Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable Sunday run.A little far from car park to start but course made up for it.Two laps of hill section good idea as top runners lapping you gives added inspiration!!!!! Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Fantastic debut race for Coventry! In full: After a really difficult GNR the previous week, I was a bit dubious about getting a pb in this one, but managed to shave 11 minutes off my best in only my 3rd half marathon! I think the layout of the course helped, with a warm up on the ring road, followed by a trot through town before the uphill slog. Like the other comments here, I would have to moan about the lack of mile markers. The first one I saw was a small painted number 3 on the road surface and I only saw about three proper markers for the rest of the race. The T-shirt was a nice touch, not the usual flimsy white ones, but I struggled to eat the malt loaf in the goodie bag without needing extra water to wash it down! I will definitely be doing it again, well done to the organisers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: They meant what they said....Challenging! In full: I really enjoyed this race, it was what I was expecting from the pre information received.
In comparison to the Faversham 10K two weeks previously it was more hilly and the level/fitness of the runners was high. I managed to add two minutes on my time that I did in the Fav 10K so pleased about that. I started near the back and there weren't that many stragglers.
Despite the weather being good from the start of the race it could have started earlier to avoid the midday sun around half way. Otherwise excellent race and organisation.
In short: It just wouldn't be the same without the hills In full: This is a tough but satisfying course to run and the premium is well worth paying for the scenery organisation and traffic free roads.
It was the third time I'd done this race; apart from the chip timers and minor tinkering to the route there's been little change from year to year - it sells out months in advance every time so I can't see any real incentive for the organisers to make any radical changes.
Trying to get out of the car park was again a pain but I did think that this year there were more marshals at the main pinch point which at least gave the satisfaction of knowing that the queues seemed to be moving equally slowly. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Bit of a hilly course, and start not well organised In full: Unfortunately for the number of people the start is not wide enough and even the 2 hour sign is so far forward that it should probably say 1h 30. Not the best organised start. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Well organised race , definatly worth the run In full: This was a well organised race that would put a lot of its much bigger counterpart races to shame , well attended by many various clubs in the small but competitive field, a great race to help condition you for your main target race. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery, tough course, poor organisation, over priced In full: I was refused safety pins by a marshall at the "Fun Run tent" because I had no money with me to give him for charity,the start was a shambles with fun runners crowding the start line giving the runners no chance to race, poor marshalling all round. However the support was first class and the course was testing and beautiful. If the organisers wish to charge £19.45 to non-affiliates paying by c/c in future they should make more of an effort and not just leave it down to the crowd and the scenery to attract future participants Date of review: September 27, 2005