In short: My first half marathon and it converted me! In full: A great crowd and a great course. The start and finish worked like clockwork given such a big field, and I really liked being able to see the elite runners sprinting back past you as you run up the river. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Potential decent race ruined by a poor start and an even worse finish. In full: A good race for either a potential PB or workout for London was spoilt first at the start, well we just started, I heard no hooter in fact there was no indication that we had actually crossed the startline. As for the finish I was in the middle of the field and therefore in the crush at the funnells. My muscles have been very stiff for the last two days which could have been avoided if I didn't spend 10 minutes in the funnel getting cold and frustated. Will only consider doing this again if they introduce chip timing. Otherwise the race is good value particularly if you have a fondness for Lucozade Sport. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Nice fast route, But understaffed. In full: This was my 4th half Marathon and to compare my experiences...
I wonder if it was a lack of voulenteers that let the organisation down? I saw less marshals on this one than any of the others... Some marshals seemed a little "flat" others were positively perky. Thanks to them all for their time and effort, especially the army cadets, some of them stood IN FRONT OF BOLLARDS to stop us crashing into them, NOT in the way as others have claimed.
The world is not flat, but this course is as flat as you are likely to get and was easily the flattest I have ran.
This was the only one without chip timing, and it has the second biggest number of entry's, I think they know that now, judging by the apology on the MKAC website!
Some motorists where a little impatient, not all the roads were closed, life's like that sometimes eh?
I wonder what would happen if everyone refused to help at races because of the attitude shown by competitors? people would have to be paid and then entry fee's would go up and the helpers would be unlikely to be fellow athletes, so you'd get that "if its not on the shelf we ain't got non" attitude. Think about it.
Well Done MKAC, thanks for a great mornings racing, please Iron out the start & Finish, We will be back next year.
In short: Farcical queue at the finish and poor start organisation spoiled an otherwise good event. In full: Pros:Parking excellent, and close to the start. Very well marshalled and drinks stations good. Lucozade sport turning up was good. Cons: I was in the middle of the pack at the start, and didn't hear the start gun (or hooter) going off, so was unaware that the race had started. The finish was a complete farce, as I had to queue for approximately 5 minutes, from about 2 yards in-front of the finish line, until the poor chap at the end of the funnel (there was only one) recording the numbers. The time keeping was poor (showing about 2 minutes slower than I actually ran). The last thing you want to do after finishing a race like this, on a cold day, is to stand around for 5 minutes before you can leave the finish area to put some warm clothes on. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Generally enjoyable, but.................. In full: seemed a bit chaotic at the finish. T-shirt ok, no drinks (water ran out) and couldn't find anyone to ask. All seemed a little penned in once over the finish line, in the car park. will be there next year though Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: I loved it, when I got going. congested for at least 2 miles In full: approx. finish times didn't seem to mean anything to many folk, so everyone tried to start by pushing into the front. could the organizers use this years'times to colour code, or number the start areas for next year? otherwise a brilliant race, thanks to all. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: 2006 cancelled due to adverse weather conditions In full: It's a shame this race was cancelled as it was to be my first 10k, having started running more seriously at Christmas. Blizzard conditions made it impossible to find the start! We had a good laugh getting there and hopefully it will be rearranged soon. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Excellent event, worth putting in your diary every year. In full: This event is just perfect, a 6 legged relay thats covers the marathon distance, the course is only 2.5km and so its also great for your spectators to enjoy. Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Something makes me go back every year! In full: Have run this a few times - started as a beginner and it is my faveourite 1/2M - lots of climbing then the chance to make up time with great descents. Was a bit grumpy at the start - terrible organisation had lots of slower runners up front but that clears once you start climbing. The atmosphere from the supporters at the top of the hill is fantastic (unless you are having a bad race) but ran a pb this year so all was well with the world! Date of review: March 14, 2006
In short: Free drink and good parking do not outweigh the farcical finish. In full: Pros. Arrived 1hr early, parked the car easily about 20m from the start, left my kit in the boot at 10:29 and set off on time. Plenty of free drinks hand outs, not restricted to one each. Lots of toilets, though the later runners seemd to have some weird queing system! Flatish course, going under roads with associated dips and climbs. Well signed mileage points. Well marshalled and plenty of water stops.
Cons: Start not easily identified! Baggage hold a joke. Finish:- worst 'organisation'I've ever encountered. Results not accurate after 700th place!