In short: Good overall, but let down by poor start. In full: An excellent race which could be even better if the overcrowded start in the Market Place was sorted out. Could do with extra marshalls in places and a Championchip timing system would be far better than the one used. Nice t-shirt and medal. Would run Staffs again. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Excellent event In full: Could the organisers please put this on in the Autumn (not instead of the Spring but as well). Seriously! We need more like this. Sensible distance and a fantastic rural traffic-free venue. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Extremely well organised for a new race, outstanding value, one part of the course was a little tricky traffic-wise but the area was well marshalled and any motorists encountered were superb. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Over priced, terrible organisation. save your money and do another race instead In full: What a joke! £22 for a race that doesnt even have chip timing. took several mins to cross line at start. The pace car had to stop at the first bend and then the runners were told to stop while it forced its way through again. What was a camera motorbike doing amongst the runners at the start? The course is way too narrow for 4000 runners and therefore people were running in the road against oncoming traffic at times or on the pavement and the grass verge. Toilet facilities were terrible. Infact, there werent enough loos for an event a quarter of the size. At the end we were left waiting for 15 mins to funnel through a finish barrier so some bloke could write our number down. why? then there was another 10 min wait to get our water and medal. I almost had hyperthermia by then. We spent a fortune flying up from London for this. I wouldnt even bother again if i lived next door to the start. There was talk of a goody bag, but that was just a bag with water and an alpen bar. oh yeh and lots of adverts to make the organisers more cash. What happened to the entry fee kevin? Do yourself a favour. Dont ever do this race. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Let down by very poor traffic management at start and terrible mess at end - also costly but no t-shirt In full: Wouldn't do it again. Kept waiting in a crushed queue for about 20 minutes after the finishing line- didn't even get to run across the finish line as it was blocked by competitors as a result of organisers failure to clear casualty from a very smallfinish area. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: My first time doing this thought it was good but the end was a shambless In full: First time run never realy trained thought i finished in 2hours 11min but will wait and see what they say took about 10min to get through the queue. Might do it next year Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Absolutely ideal 'long run' practice run for FLM - one of the only ones in late-March? In full: The scenery was very special indeed considering you were starting from, erm, Hemel Hempstead of all places. And did anyone else notice the startled looks from dozens of confused but magnificent wild deer as 'herds' of runners were plodding along beside their habitat at around mile six?! Quite a sight. I had the pleasure of the company of a delightful female runner (hi Loz!) with whom I talked about numerous subjects from mile six to the end, putting the world to rights and more-or-less forgetting the weariness and pain in the legs for the last part of the run thanks to this pleasant diversion. It made my day! As of course did the tea and muffins at the end. Well done on organising a really enjoyable event. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Clearly commercial, chaotic organization, could be good with some major changes In full: It's all been said before. Some other points: baggage area was hopeless. Nobody of the organizers knew where it was - I first got helpfully directed to the second floor of the terminal (no baggage area here), then into the wrong direction - and then some other runners told me where I could leave my bag. How about some changing facilities for after the run? Could only be done in the public toilets, which was not ideal. The whole run had a very commercial feel to it, and was clearly meant to advertise the Ocean Terminal. If you wanted a T-Shirt, you had to buy it! The discount vouchers sent out with the running number were nice enough, but again they were obviously meant to encourage people to spend more money - after having already paid a high starting fee. Route - quite hard on the way out, but that was the wind. About half of the route was through industrial estates, which wasn't terribly scenic. To have the run start at 9 am on the Sunday when the clocks go forward - bad move, does not make for big spectator crowds. Apart from the finish there was not a lot of support - although the lovely race marshals were very supportive. But - at least the early start will make people from further away spend the night in Edinburgh - hey presto, even more money brought into the city! Overall - pretty disappointing, have done quite a few smaller and bigger races before, and none of them offered so little for so much money. It could be a lot better - might do it again to see whether there has been an improvement, but that's only a maybe. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Great atmosphere, very friendly race and nice medal. Shame people can't keep dogs under control. Pity that course hadn't been measured properly as a very short 10k - everyone can be assured of a PB! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Great race - and first decent weather of the season in which to run. In full: I liked the early start - even if it was after the clocks changed; means that you still had time to do something during the rest of the day. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Disappointed with my own effort and the efforts of the organisers In full: Good : Nice scenery mostly. Quite flat. Encouraging spectators. Nice medal.
Bad : Traffic coming in. Didn't know the race had started until I noticed people bobbing along up ahead. Congestion near the beginning. Traffic cones and fencing seemed designed to cause havoc in places. No energy drinks apart from one station - I elected not to carry anything with me as we were promised energy drinks on route (I may use this as an excuse for blowing up in the last mile :)). Annoying tacked on bits especially the 9.5 mile and the end one (very cruel). Queued for ages to get medal with no water being handed out (they seemed to have run out). Disappointed not to get a T Shirt (seems petty but I was looking forward to getting one).
This was my first 1/2 marathon and unless they can improve next year, I don't think I'll return to this particular event. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Really nice race. Liked the undulations - especially the sporting one before Mile 21 In full: ...and tea and cakes galore was a fantastic touch!!! Will definitely be back - whether or not I'm 'preparing' for that Little Race around a Small Village That Hardly Anyone Has Heard Of, And Even Fewer Try to Enter - in April!!! Date of review: March 26, 2006