In short: Hilly, would be challenging for beginner In full: Start was very poorly set out amongst parked cars on a surburban street with no time groups. Finish was chaotic as well with people wandering onto course, and I finished in 1:35. Bit in between, the race, was excellent.Bit chilly but very scenic. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Not a bad race, but chaotic getting to the start and a bit messy at the end. Lots of confusion as to where the clock actually stopped! That said, it's a nice course with no really nasty hills so there is PB potential there. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Eastbourne - the Sunshine Coast? Or more accurately, Windy City...! In full: This was my first ever half marathon - you don't ever get to run such a memorable race in the town you grew up in. So I'm slightly biased... but I had a fantastic day and was pleased with my respectable time, gained despite the wind (not the organisers' fault obviously) and the hill from hell which I only ever used to see from the comfort of my parents' car as they drove me home from school! Running up it was a different story.
So yes, I loved the course, loved the number of encouraging marshalls, loved the band at the Natural Fitness Centre - and the only thing I didn't love was the lack of mile markers. We had 1, 2, 5, 7 and 11 - and none inbetween, making it impossible to pace yourself if you're a relative beginner.
BUT - apart from that, I loved it and would definitely do it again.
In short: Poorly organised start, although the marshalling and organisation around the course was very good. In full: This was a good challenging course. I will definitely be coming back, although it is advised to arrive early and get out of the sports hall while you can or you will miss the start. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: That horse is not white! In full: Excellent race, that made me smile once it was finished! Freezing cold and very windy with suspicious smelling mud as soon as you enter the fields! I feel like I earned my t-shirt - it was not given - OK! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: A little disorganised at the start, would recommended any first timer to give it a go. In full: Good Flat course, Ideal for a quick time. Good value for £9:00 which included a T shirt and medal, shame there was no drink at the finish, other than that will do next year. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: I live in Lostock so this race was a must. There is something satisfying being able to run in familiar territory. In full: I did this in 53.55, a PB for me. Ive been on a high all day. The last organised race I did was the Manchester Bupa 10k, last year,which I did in 1 Hour 9mins. This race really showed where I am up to with my training.It wasn't easy as those hills are a great test of stamina especially after 4 miles.I even managed a sprint finish! Definately do this again next year. Everyone I met in the course was really friendly. Thank you Marshalls! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Only disappointment - was the whinging at the end!! In full: Yes - a mistake was made with the route Yes - there were a lot of roadworks and possible bottlenecks as a result Yes - it was cold
Personally, I really enjoyed this race - It would have been nice to have run the measured course - but the fact that the organisers, and expecially the Race Director (who must have felt his whole world caving in today) recognised the error - ensured that it was the same for everyone and thereby ensuring that it was a legitimate race - and have undertaken to make it as right as they can in the circumstances - is just brilliant. It's a great course - I obliterated my PB on it today - even at the 13.6 - 13.7 miles that it turned out to be! So the corrected time (Thanks for doing that David) is just ACE!!! I'll certainly be back!
Oh - and being able to run events like this is a privilege, not a right.
As I said - the REAL disappointment, was the bellyaching!
To err is human, Getting all shirty about it.... is just Rude
In short: My first organised event and it was excellent ! Marshalls were very friendly and im sure it was them that got me through the last few miles ! Excellent timing and distance for FLM training !!!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Well Run, Great Route, Brilliant Marshalls and fantastic tea and cakes at the end!! In full: Route was fab it had a few hills but the scenery was great, the marshalls were everywhere you want them to be during a very cold race, and the reception at the end was well worth the effort. Huge thank you for the marshalls who stayed put even when it was soooo cold!! Date of review: February 26, 2006