In short: A challenging but special course In full: A very enjoyable but challenging race. This year I failed again to achieve my target (sub 2 hours) but this makes we want to go back and level the score next year! The support at the start, at the 6 mile point (where it was uphill) and at the end was marvelous. That last mile did seem to go on forever. A spectator shouted out to me "only 5 miles to go" at 8 miles - that made my legs ache!
Perhaps the organisers would consider an earlier start as it was very hot again this year out on the course.
My wife ran the fun run which she enjoyed, however was concerned that there was no water station enroute. Yes it's only 2.5 miles, but it was a very hot day. It would have been good to see the results from the fun run posted on the website.
In short: Some tough hills in the first 'half' and a killer at the end which together with the scenery makes it a really challenging but rewarding run. One of those races that you enjoy more as time passes after finishing! I’ll definitely do it again…sometime. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: an enjoyable race will be back next year. In full: Really appreciated the great encouragement from all the marshalls. The start line was a 5/10 minute walk from the race hq and with no indications were it was, this led to some confusion amongst new runners to the event. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Fantastic course, last long climb a bit of a burner but hope it stays in the course next year so I can train for it. The support I recieved was fantastic, 10 out of 10! Date of review: September 27, 2005
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.