In short: A Great marathon wind-down In full: Third year running I've done this & a P.B each year. I use this race to end my season each year & start up again in July. An ideal race for a week after having done the marathon & to start passing mile markers again even if some of them are a bit out! (last year mile 3 was missing, this year I didn't see a 4 marker) although in all seriousness I quite enjoy maile markers being a bit out if they work in your favour. Today's had the best support of the last three years.
I'll try to come back every year, It's a race that doesn't pretend to be anything more than a nice Sunday morning competetive run. It's nothing out of the ordinary in terms of organisation, support, value for money etc but it cannot be faulted at all on any aspect I can think of. And for a good cause too.
Well done all involved. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Good course and organisation. In full: Well marshalled event with a good atmosphere even if it was wet. Nice to hear your name being called at the finnish instead of just a number. Fruit stand at the finnish was a nice touch also. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: well organised, flat course, good for beginners and PBs! In full: great race, well organised and a pb for me, will definately do next year. One tiny gripe, the starting horn sounding while some runners were still lining up.No tannoy announcement to go to the start? Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: A very enjoyable event. Well worth a go. In full: A very well organised event, with a good atmosphere. Some long down hill stretchs and just a couple of short hills. A big thanks to the Host club, marshalls, time keepers and shirt ladies and anyone I might have forgotten. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Great Fun - a PB for me!! In full: A hugely enjoyable race well supported with over 2000 runners this year. The weather was definatley on the side of runners - cool and cloudy though the drizzle stopped in good time. I was as ever impressed with the quality of the field - people really giving their all. I was delighted to get a PB - my stopwatch gave me 48:26 - the championchip times may be slightly different but only by a short margin as I was sure to click my stopwatch as soon as I passed the mat.
If the weather had been hot the water station could have run into trouble - 2 young girls filling and handing glasses individually . Might have caught out some but I was Ok so I'm not complaining! Plenty of Marshalls so no shortage of folk to do it.
A jolly time then and a hard to beat Pb for me!! Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Flat course, good if seeking a pb. In full: Reasonable organisation; the poor photocopy map for directions made me glad I set out early to get there though. Got to the start with the help of some friendly locals! The course was almost flat, so I was pleased to start my running season with a pb. I was a bit miffed that the results were a closed system, when you pay to enter a race, you expect to see how you did against others without having to pay extra... Apart from small gripes, I thought it was OK overall and seeing my time as I crossed the line gave me a warm feeling :) Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Role on 2007 In full: Another great day. Spectators spur you. Even if I wanted to slow down they wouldn't let me. Despite starting behind Bill and Ben and Weed, and the Wombles (great race you guys) at the back of pen 9 managed to beat my PB by 24 minutes (3:49:53). I hope I can one day start nearer the front. Flat, and fantastic atmosphere makes it great for beginners. If you can raise the cash I'd strongly advise getting a charity place. Takes all the anxiety out of applying. Date of review: April 30, 2006
In short: Fast course, well marshalled, 50m runs for the children In full: The start was a bit chaotic, people hanging about and then suddenly off with no obvious start line. Either I ran very erratically or the middle mile markers were a bit off. The water was out of jerry cans at the end and at 40 mins it had run out. If you want to get away before the last finishers park in the surrounding streets and not in the school. As well as marshalls the local police do a good job, although the roads are not 'traffic free'. The first half of the course is through a housing estate with the return run along the sea wall. A nice event spoiled by easily fixed glitches. Date of review: April 30, 2006