In short: Excellent Marshalls! Let down by the Not so Goody bag In full: Excellent marshalls very friendly. Challenging course and Very windy. Great fun tho. As mentioned before the goody bag was very poor(Gave it back). Thanks to the helpers ! Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: a big hill at the finish In full: well this is a good race not an easy course with a few hills a good sized one at the finish , got a pb so its one off my favourites Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Ideal hang over cure ! In full: On my 3rd glass of red wine last night, the thought of running 5 miles this morning wasn't too appealing ! Still, I made myself turn up and found it to be a great hangover cure. Lovely sunshine, bit nippy but soon warmed up. Haven't run this race before so can't compare to previous years but course seemed fine, well organised, not too much congestion etc etc. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Challenging course, my first time to do it. In full: Start was very congested, and it took a couple of miles to find a bit of space to settle into my pace. The "crowd" ran at my pace so I didn't suffer like some who would have liked to get moving a bit earlier. Still, enjoyed it and would recommend it. Nice race. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Severly lacking in spectators, an uninspiring route, cheap medal, too expensive, value for money - poor. In full: Apart from the appeal of starting and finishing the race from within an international athletics stadium and a mile long section of supporters on Ecclesall Road, there is little other motivation. The remaining 12 miles are woefully short of spectators and the route through the deserted backstreets of the city is one of the most uninspiring i have ever experienced. At £16 for the unnatatched with a cheap medal, it fails miserably on value for money and it isn't surprising that it only rates as the 25th best 1/2 marathon in the country. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Disappointing In full: I did the BHF event in Sheffield last summer and really enjoyed the run around Graves Park, so thought i'd try their Doncaster equivalent. I didn't get round to entering in time so paid the £10 on the day entry which I thought was a bit steep for a 5k fun run.
The park itself wasn't really big enough for a 5k which meant there was a bizarre route taking in various loops and laps to make up 5km (luckily I wasn't in the leading pack). There were no distance markers which meant not only did you not know where you were going you didn't know how far you'd been! There was no official timing so my mate who didn't have a watch didn't know his time. If they're going to promote the event through places like Runners World website they need to get the basics right.
All in all its for a good cause, and if you go expecting a fun run you won't be too disappointed. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Great Kent Race Must Be The Best Around In full: Really enjoyed this race a mixture of kent's country roads and rural footpaths making it a great race to run though beware the hill just after mile 4 a killer Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: GOOD RUN FOR A FINE COURSE, BUT ORGANISATION VERY POOR In full: Firstly the race numbers didn't come through before the event and I wasn't the only one. However this was quickly sorted on the day. The marshalling was hopeless and the first batch of runners were told to go on for a further lap, even though the 5k had been completed. This meant the leading pack actually didn't end up being the leading pack and ended up turning round to go back to the finish. If this had not been an charity event I may have been asking for a refund Great starter run for the beginners however Next year try harder to get the basics right Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Fast and Flat (Yes, as a Pankake) 8 Mile Loop In full: Not traffic free but virtually no traffic. One well placed water station. Race was as flat as they get in South Wales, or Holland for that matter. Don't let the thought of Newport put you off, none of this race is in indistrial estates. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Interested to see what others thought of this? Lovely scenery, well organised, I found it challengng though on the path and laughed aloud at the 'caution uneven surface' sign....!!! I thought, you mean it gets worse? Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: What a good race In full: Great Marshals, Jelly Babies and I had heard of the Tea and Cakes at the end - but the Chocolate Muffin was enormous and enjoyed it all - Ooh the run - Like clockwork, nothing to fault it - roll on the 17 and 21 - well maybe. Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Great race - even better than 2005 ! In full: I really enjoyed this race (again.) > Excellent organisation. > Its a great fast burn race to blow away the cobwebs. > T - shirt was even better than last year - a quality long slieve shirt.
> Rather windy at the start but the lanes hedrows keeps the wind down so not even that cold for a 2 deg C day !.
Cardif marathon and half organisers take note this race is less than 1/3 to 1/2 of your race and the t-shirt is much better quality ! my last years shirt is still surving (except for a few stains from the kids) Date of review: January 29, 2006
In short: Sunny and no mud this year, but sun in eyes on narrow, uneven path at 2 1/2 to 3 miles could be dangerous - some people are never satisfied! A great first race to finaly get rid of Xmas holiday cobwebs. Date of review: January 29, 2006