In short: Some nice scenery throught the woods and around the cricket ground but some short and very steep hills as well. Godd value with t-shirt included in price. A mix of dedicated xc types and have a go racers. Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Having to dodge the walkers was painful!! In full: Would suggest the organisers look at starting the walkers off AFTER the runners! Not only having to contend with traffic (which i already expected) also having to dodge walkers was a tad annoying!
I would do this again as it is so local. but incomparable tho to bristol!
At least this time i knew about the plain old water - and was equiped appropriately !
There is nice scenery along the way - just dont expect it to last!
and yes - dont expect a goody bag.
Nice green Tshirt this year tho'. And there are always plenty of nice runners to run with! :) Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Poor value, poor organisation, dull course with choking fumes In full: This was my fifth half this year and definitely the poorest in most respects. Parking was difficult, even though I arrived in plenty of time. The start was a farce, where many runners were stuck outside the barriers facing the opposite direction. The course was OK scenery-wise, but not great. I was not impressed with running alonside a coach and choking on its fumes for half a mile. At the end, I was wondering where the medal and goody-bag was, but apparently they only offer a t-shirt, even though I have previously received good quality t-shirts AND a medal for half the price at other events. The finishing area seemed farcical, as I had to wander around a field to find water stations and eventually a bin for my race chip. Then, it seemed that getting out of the town was a nightmare as the race was run on the very roads needed to leave the town. This is definitely not a run I'd recommend. Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: That hot bath never felt better In full: Never felt so exhausted after a race. I am still knackered 6 hours later. Really enjoyed myself though. 'The Wetlands' were a bit different. Up to my neck in mud after stumbling whilst wading through waist deep mud. I am now tending to agree with work mates who think I am mad ! Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: It was my first half marathon and I found the course OK. The course was mostly pretty flat. In full: Scenery was nice. It was well organised. The T-shirt was good. It would have been nice to have some free snacks at the end. Some of the roads were quite busy and I didn't like the car fumes much! Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: First 6 Miles mostly downhill then mostly flat. In full: For anyone reading this next year EOD's are at the start. Anyway, lots of downhill in the first 6 miles, then the rest is virtually flat. If you can't get a PB here you can't get one anywhere. Mayor handing out the medals was impressive. Good on them. Some mile markers were either missing or not visible which proved to be a pain because I slowed mid race because I could not work out how fast I was going and feared running too fast. Nice stadium finish and showers means you can make a day of it after the race without having to go home. Water stations well placed and plenty of. Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Very good for a first event In full: This was my first event and although I had terrible trouble finding the location - forgot my map book, the drive from Colchester was well worth it. I found the course challending considering I have only been running 3 weeks but managed to complete without stopping in 43 minutes - so in all I was very pleased Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Lovely jaunt through the countryside on a sunny autumn day! In full: A good positive experience! Well marshalled, good communication about parking, the start etc...slightly more inclines than I was expecting but nothing too painful. Interesting to have the water station next to a cowshed - that's quite enough fresh country air for me for one day! Only minor point is that there weren't any km markers - so with my hopeless pacing I went off too fast (for me) and paid for it with a vicious stitch later on! Loved this race, and even managed a PB (discounting my Hampton Court 10k which was extra speedy on account of the course measurement!) Thanks to the two Clanfield Joggers that I tailed for the latter half of the race as they unwittingly dragged me round. And I hope the chap that got taken off in the ambulance is ok.... Date of review: October 23, 2005
In short: Real pb potential In full: Well organised, very good of them to organise almost perfect weather this year! Make the most of the first 6 miles downhill and hang on in there on the flat! Date of review: October 23, 2005